Black Cats Need Your Help

August 17, Black Cat Appreciation Day, is just one of several days designated to bring awareness to the plight of black cats and I am grateful for all of them. Black cats are often overlooked in shelters and rescues and many more of them are euthenized than other colors.

There are some theories about why this is:

  • People think they are unlucky
  • They are hard to photograph
  • They are not as flashy
  • They disappear into the background

The truth is, black cats are awesome. I can’t say with any certainty that it has anything to do with color but, in a group of cats of many colors, it is quite often the black ones who are the most outgoing and affectionate. I’ve only had one black cat in recent times and I can say with certainty that he was very special.

Black cats need your help - my black cat Topper
My Topper


As a foster for many years and now as a pet sitter, I have met many black cats. Here are two of my current favorites.


This is George. He is handsome and smart. I love the way he sits in the kitchen by the treat drawer when he thinks it is time for me to give him some.

My favorite panther.

A photo posted by Savvy Pet Care (@savvypetcare) on


How You Can Help Black Cats

You can help black cats everywhere by sharing them every day. Share this post, and all other positive posts you see about black cats, on social media. Share your own black cat stories to tell people how awesome they are. Find creative ways to help local shelters and rescues promote their black kitties. Adopt a black cat!

Remember, though, the only way to really solve the pet over-population problem is to promote spay/neuter!


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8 thoughts on “Black Cats Need Your Help

  • November 15, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Black cats are gorgeous! I’m fine with playing with a black cat more than another cat.

  • January 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for featuring black cats. My friend just adopted a black kitten, not a single non-black fur on his body, and he’s the cutest little thing.

  • October 18, 2016 at 2:00 am

    I generally can’t associate with cats, but for black cats, I have a more secured feeling. I don’t know why, but I’m fine with playing with a black cat more than another cat.

  • August 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Black cats are pawsome! It is sad that they are so overlooked. I think that their color is gorgeous. I think as camera phones improve, the view of them as being hard to photograph will change. It is a matter of good lighting and contrast. You have had some beautiful black cats in your care! 🙂

  • August 17, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    We agree that black cats are awesome! We have 2 right now (if you count Sampson, our mostly-black tuxedo), and my first cat as a child was a black cat. It’s too bad people believe silly things like they are bad luck. I can say that I do have a hard time photographing Kylo Ren – he turns out as big black blob pretty frequently – but that is the most ridiculous reason to not adopt a cat!!! Sharing…


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