Anyone who has children or is on Facebook (or both) will doubtess have realised that Hallowe’en is approaching. Yet again at this time of year our thoughts turn to the black cats and dogs at the SPA. We have blogged on this subject many times, but have been requested to do so again, due to the large number of black animals currently at the refuge.
This week Noche (now Geyna) was adopted, and her adoring new family did not for one moment consider that having a black dog might be a bad thing. Moira and I have three black dogs between us, and we know that many of you also have black dogs and cats. Yet for some reason they are often overlooked at the SPA. People who have adopted black dogs from us often mention that they are given a wide berth by approaching pedestrians, so perhaps black dogs do look more threatening. As for cats, this boils down to superstition alone; how can the colour of an animal affect its supernatural powers?
Of the SPA cats, approximately one fifth are black or predominantly black, and one of them has been there for seven years! Things are not quite as drastic with the dogs, but we are all aware that, lucky exceptions aside, black dogs tend to stay longer before finding a home. The longest serving black dog at the SPA is Scooby Doo, who has been with us for just over three years. Admittedly his cause has not been helped by the fact that he is a bit old and a bit grumpy, but ten years is not the end of the world, and he, like cat Dynamo, will benefit from a seniors’ adoption tarif for whoever takes the plunge.
Not only that, but in an incredible burst of generosity from DRC, we will pay €50 towards the adoption fee of any dog and €30 towards the adoption of any cat who is considered to be suitably dark of hue. In order to take advantage of this limited time offer, just say the magic word when you adopt. And the magic word is, of course, “Hallowe’en”. The offer will end after the November open Sunday, so let’s hope for some great adoptions over the next two weeks!
Depending where you are in the world, Hallowe’en is often acompanied by various revelries, such as trick or treating etc. Constant knocking on doors by strangers is quite unsettling for animals, so please keep them safe. In addition and very sadly, some people use Hallowe’en as a reason to deliberately upset animals, espcially black cats. If your cats loves to roam, next weekend and Monday night it might be wise to keep them indoors. Oh, and please remember Moira’s wise words concerning Hallowe’en sweets….NO (for your animals, that is; you can eat as much as you like, we won’t tell!)
This is Dynamo who has been at the SPA for 7 years. He arrived when he was a kitten, so bear that in mind next time you hear of someone not sterilising their cat and assuming that the SPA will just rehome the kittens.
And this is ten year old Scooby Doo, the SPA’s oldest and longest-serving black dog. Three years and counting