Call it the curse of the black cat or the bane of the black dog.
In shelters across the United States, black cats and dogs don’t get adopted as quickly as their blond and brindle pals.
Animal advocates haven’t found a reason for the phenomenon, but shelter managers and volunteers have noticed it for years.
“You can ask anyone who works in the shelter community, and they’ll tell you black animals do tend to stay around a lot longer,” said Denise Plemmons, special projects coordinator for the Athens Area Humane Society. “I don’t know if there are just more black cats out there but when we get one, they tend to stay around for a while. I don’t know if it’s the stereotype because they’re supposed to be bad-luck cats. … Nobody says that, but we don’t know if there’s a subconscious thing happening there.
Originally posted here: Humane Society pushes for black cat adoptions | Online Athens.