The Gadsden County Humane Society has halted all adoptions for black cats until after Halloween.
Volunteers say they've heard horror stories of kitties being tortured in connection with the holiday.
They hope that by cutting off adoptions, they can reduce the number of animal cruelty cases.
Helpers also say there was a trend of people adopting the cats right before the 31st, and then returning them days later.
"We figure it's because they want to use the cat as some sort of decoration for their party scene," Mary Nall, humane society volunteer. "Which is also another form of abuse because you're moving the cat from one place to another.
Applications are still being accepted to adopt a black cat before Halloween.
However, the new owners can't pick up their pet pal until after October 31st.
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