Porky and Buddy: Why so many black cats for adoption?

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I was wasting time on the internet the other day. I was supposed to be researching an article. But you know how one thing leads to another and somehow I ended up looking at the Oswego County Humane Society’s adoptable cats.  

They have a lot of really beautiful cats, but I did notice that many of their older cats are black or mostly black. Why is that?  Are there a lot of black cats in our area?


Dear Jon,

If one thing had really led to another, you would have adopted one of those beautiful black cats by now, but there is still plenty of time.

The reason for that is that black cats, like black dogs, black rabbits, what have you, have a much harder time finding homes than all the shallow blondes and temperamental redheads out there in the homeless pet universe.

So you will see a lot of black pets up for adoption at every shelter and rescue and waiting longer to find a home. For the life of us, we can‘t figure out why.

Obviously, their color has nothing to do with their personalities, or their intelligence, or their friendliness.

And when you really think about it, there is noting more elegant looking than a sleek black cat! Probably a lot more elegant than you, (or so we suspect).

Plus, they never clash with what you are wearing! Seriously, when you go to adopt your new cat, think about the ones who need a home the most — the black cats, the shy cats, the grumpy ones, the older ones. Our motto is: Adopt a cat, any cat! If love of cats is not enough, then feel guilty; just adopt a cat.

We know it’s a little long for a motto, but it sums it up for us nicely.

Speaking of nice, the “Friends of Maurine Caprin” are holding their annual poker run benefit for the Humane Society in her memory June 7.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. in the VFW Park on the corner of Fifth and Seward streets in Fulton. The cost is $15 per person. Kickstands up at 11 a.m.

Cars are welcome. There will be live entertainment, raffles, a board of dreams, and overnight camping is available. Check the Humane Society’s website for more details.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is ochscontact@hotmail.com. Website is www.oswegohumane.org. 

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