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It's Trick Not Treat for Black Cats in October

October 20, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa - Animal-rescue organizations don't often turn people away who want to offer a loving home to an animal. This month, however, many are choosing not to offer adoptions of black cats.

Groups in Iowa and across the nation fear the possibility of Halloween-related animal cruelty, since black cats take center stage in so many iconic images of the holiday.

The Cat's Cradle in North Carolina is one such organization holding onto the cats for the holiday, says executive director Lynda Garibaldi.

"They do horrible things to cats, especially black cats, this month. I mean, ritual torture and killing."

Many shelters follow similar rules around Easter to prevent the adoption of rabbits that are often abandoned a short time later.

Garibaldi says cats face adoption challenges in general because of how they are perceived by society.

"People don't have the experience. They think that cats can survive on their own, but the truth is cats need people in order to survive."

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 40,000 kittens are born every day. That's one reason why animal rights organizations stress the importance of spaying or neutering pets.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA