National Black Cat Appreciation Day: Friday, Aug. 17

Have you ever heard of Black Cat or Black Dog Syndrome?

In honor of National Black Cat Appreciation Day on Friday, August 17th, I'd like to mention that the Wayne Township Animal Shelter currently has almost 20 black cats waiting for their forever homes.  Unfortunately, some have been at the shelter for quite awhile.

Have you ever heard of Black Cat or Black Dog Syndrome?  It’s the belief that dogs and cats with all black coats are harder to adopt into homes because people tend to associate these animals with negative things such as in movies where demonic dogs are usually black, and a black cat always seems to make an appearance in instances where bad luck, curses or death are to follow. 

There are studies which show that many people find a black animal’s appearance menacing due to fears or superstition and as a result many animal shelters and rescue organizations find themselves with an abundance of black animals waiting longer to be adopted than other color variations. 

If you decide to adopt a shelter animal into your heart and home, please check out the friendly, furry, BLACK faces just waiting to meet you at the Wayne Township Animal Shelter!  We’ve got quite a few of these black beauties just waiting for someone to give them a second chance at love!  They don’t know their fur is black so they don’t understand why they are being overlooked, they just continue to wait lonely and bored in their shelter cages for someone to love them unconditionally. 

Won’t you break the silly superstitious cycle and adopt a black dog or cat today?  As the owner of a black dog (see attached picture of Bear) for 16 years, I can personally attest that they make the absolute best friend that you could ever have and they bring you nothing but good luck and love.



201 Pompton Plains Crossroads

Wayne, NJ 07470

(Located off Route 23 North; take the Jackson Avenue exit)

Website:  www.petfinder.com/shelters/NJ516.html

Phone: 973-694-0767

Fax: 973-616-1270

Email: animalshelter@waynetownship.com

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Check out the link below to see the many loveable furry friends awaiting adoption at the Wayne Township Animal Shelter!  Many of these animals have very sad stories of abandonment and have been waiting at the shelter for a long time, but they still hold out hope for a second chance to get out of their shelter cage one day.  At the Wayne Township Animal Shelter we are committed to finding our dogs and cats loving forever homes which means matching them with the right owner. 


CHECK OUT ALL OF OUR ADOPTABLE ANIMALS HERE:  www.petfinder.com/shelters/NJ516.html  

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Michelle August 17, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I had a black cat for 13 years (ironic) and my brother just adopted a 5 year old black cat who was at the Bergen County shelter for over a year. No one wanted him because he was black and his name was Evil. My brother adopted him because he was there so long and renamed him Louie. Both Louie and my brother are very happy together... Black cats are adorable, loving cats, too....I hope people read this and give them a break!
Colleen O'Neill August 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Thank you for supporting black cats! Isn't it so silly that people think they are bad luck. In addition to my black dog, I also had a black cat in my family growing up and he lived until almost 20! I considered myself very lucky to have had him and especially for that long! They are good luck for sure. :) And its not good that the shelter named a black cat a menacing name like "Evil"! Its hard enough to get them adopted with cuddly names! But I'm very glad to hear Louie is now in a great home. Thanks for sharing your story! :)


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