But employees at pet shelters around the country say the inaccurate belief that black cats are somehow unlucky or are linked to supernatural traits has a negative effect on their adoption rates, making them less likely to find a home than cats of other colors.
"They get placed less and they get overlooked when they shouldn't be," said Lange Foundation adoption counselor Jonathan. The Lange Foundation is a nonprofit, no-kill pet adoption center.
However, there are some positive stories that buck the trend. The video below shows the successful adoption of Pierre, a black cat who waited two years for a family to take him home.
"I don't know, I always thought black cats were pretty cool," Pierre's new adoptive mother, Kayla, says in the video. "I didn't think of them as bad luck or anything like that. I definitely never avoided them."
Watch the full story of Pierre's adoption and learn more about how to help out black cats in this new video from the Pet Collective:
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