Monday, November 24, 2008

Black is Beautiful

Did you know that black cats tend to stay longer at the DPVHS adoption center than any other animal?  

In 2005, our shelter manager did a year long study that showed that the top 10 longest stays at the humane society were black cats. And black cats had an average stay of 4.5 weeks--when most cats get adopted within a week or so.

At this writing, DPVHS has several black cats and kittens available for adoption.  Some have been at the adoption center for a while; some are new arrivals.  All face a potentially longer stay with us until their adoption angel finally arrives.

DPVHS isn't the only shelter contemplating the plight of black animals.  Other shelters have noticed their black dogs being overlooked, too (DPVHS is happily free of that problem!).  We are left to speculate as to why black animals are so frequently overlooked by adopters.

Right now we are soliciting ideas on how we might improve our adoption options for black cats.  Ideas have included special cage lighting, a classic string of pearls for collars, signs highlighting the best reasons to adopt a black cat (after all, black is slimming and it goes with everything!), and many more.  

If you have ideas on how we might best adopt a black cat, or if you have a beautiful black cat of your own, please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you!


  1. I completely agree that black is beautiful! I adopted a black kitten from your shelter about a month ago and he is simply gorgeous. He's the purr-fect fit to our family.

  2. Black is beautiful! We adopted a black cat, Pickles, 2 1/2 years ago. Her owners were going to take her to an shelter because they did not want her anymore. She was very shy when she first came to us. She lived in the living room closet, the closet had no doors, for the first two months. Slowly she came out and got a feel for things, us and our other cats. We have 5 other cats though Pickles is our only black cat. She is the most loving and wonderful cat, I am thankful we adopted her