Keep cats safe from black magic
October 28, 2008
A pet adoption agency is on the lookout in Park City for people who buy black cats for Halloween costumes, displays and sacrifices.
"It’s not in the best interest of the animal if they’re going to be carrying it around with them while they’re treat-or-treating," said Katharine Brant, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Utah.
"People could use black cats as props for Halloween costumes or as scary setups it their yards and we only want to adopt animals out as pets and family companions, not for costume props or sacrifices," Summit County Friends of Animals spokeswoman Cathy Clark said.
Furburbia at Kimball Junction is "extra careful" in October to find good homes for adoptable cats, Clark stressed.
"It’s superstition and it’s been carried on for years and years and years. People associate black cats with scary Halloween," she said.
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Furburbia carefully screens all potential animal adopters, Clark said.
"If we have any hesitation, we would never hesitate to turn someone down We are being very selective and having a lot of conversations and are using our instincts as far as what is best for the animals" she said. "We would never put any black cat in any harm’s way."
The Humane Society also carefully vets cat adopters before Halloween, Brant explained.
"Anyone who comes in looking for a black cat we screen very, very carefully," Brant said. "At least a couple of decades ago there was a lot of nonsense going on where would-be Satan worshippers, witches and Goths and what have you would take it into their heads that it would be really fun to torture a black cat or sacrifice it."
Anyone who adopts an animal must fill out an extensive questionnaire, she said.
"In case there are a few weirdoes lurking around we are extremely careful at this time of year," Brant said. "We kind of say, ‘Why don’t you think it over and maybe come back after the holiday.’"