Shelter launches ‘Adopt a Black
A SPECIAL appeal has
been launched to find homes for black rescue cats
left behind because of Irish superstition and fabled
associations with witches.
Animals in Need Donegal are holding an 'Adopt A
Lucky Black Cat Week' to find homes for some 25
furry felines which can’t find loving families,
apparently because of their colour. The shelter
currently has a total of 55 felines in foster care
and are in dire need of space.
"Black cats are always getting overlooked. Whether
this is because of old-fashioned superstitions that
they're unlucky or because they can be difficult to
photograph, time and time again we see them being
left behind,” a spokesperson for the shelter said.
"Black cats have had a bad rap since the Dark Ages
when they were believed to be witches' cohorts and
they had a terrible time as a result, but then again
so did women who basically were making herbal tea,
and hopefully we've all moved on since then,” she
Adopt A Lucky Black Cat Week
The animal sanctuary,
based in Donegal Town, is also outlining some black
cat facts throughout the week as part of its appeal.
They include the fact that a black cat found on a
doorstep is considered good luck in Scotland while
being kind to them in the south of France is thought
to bring blessings.
Animals in Need Donegal listed a host of celebrities
who’ve kept beautiful black cats including John
Lennon and George Clooney and Brigitte Bardot.
“Let's face it, black cats are the epitome of cool.
They're shiny, they're silky and they have great
personalities. What's not to love?" added the