No Black Cat Adoption Before Halloween

By: Deneige Broom Email
By: Deneige Broom Email

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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  • by MGN Location: Havana, FL on Oct 28, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    We do have an in depth application process and are confident in most all our adoptions. People can - and do - lie on the appl and in the interview though, so we take this extra precaution at this time of year.We are a no kill animal welfare group. We do not euthanize except for extreme, incurable illness that is affecting quality of life, and then only on the recommendation of a reputable vet. Also, we never allow an animal to be adopted as a gift for someone unseen.We require the recipient to meet and agree they want the animal. We would rather keep an animal in our care for a while than to chance it going to a less than desirable situation. Thanks to all for your interest & support.
  • by mcp Location: Gadsden County FL on Oct 27, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    Hi MDF! Thank you so much for your concern about the cats available at GCHS. GCHS is NOT a shelter. GCHS is an all volunteer organization and all the animals are in "foster" homes. I sure wish you were in the area, because we need the fosters and concerned folks like yourself. Please visit their website http://www.gadsdenhumane.org/ Thanks again for your interest
  • by MDF Location: Maryland on Oct 27, 2010 at 10:44 AM
    sure hope no cats are killed in the shelter as a result of them having to "make room" while they're holding them. In many other progressive shelters, a good pre-adoption screening solves this kind of concern. Few people will trek all the way to the shelter, endure the selection process, just to get a "halloween decoration", when it's easier and less mess to go to Walmart to get a plastic black cat.
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