Miss Darcy, decked out in a festive bandana (that she does not like)!!

Miss Darcy, one of our black kitties looking for a home, decked out in a festive bandana (that she does not like)!!

Perhaps I was a witch in a former life (perhaps I still am, although the politically correct term today would be Wiccan), but I love black cats.  I always have ever since I was a little girl–from Inky my first black cat to Clem the last cat I had until I was an adult.

Once she was an adult, the first cat my sister, Bobbie, adopted was a black kitten named Butler, the “poster cat” for Black and Orange Cat Foundation.  I remember going to the shelter shortly after Bobbie brought Butler home, looking for a black kitten of my own.  There were plenty to be found-they were the most predominate color in the cat area.   I spent an enormous amount of time with a litter of black kittens (all with a spot of white on their chests), trying to decide which one to take with me.

It was an orange cat, however, not a black one, who exited the shelter in my arms.  Let me just tell you, I didn’t even like orange cats at that time–I thought they were overly abundant and not very special.  You can imagine that my opinion on that has now changed.  

Anyway, thanks to extremely strong vocal cords and a plucky spirit that refused to take no for an answer (the little orange kitten with the big ears and long tail screamed his head off until I took him out of his cage), Oswald came into my life. 

Oswald is the orange cat in Black and Orange Cat Foundation or the “O” in B and O when we just use our initials (Butler is, of course, the “B”).  

Because of these two cats, my sister and I started helping other homeless kitties around our community and Black and Orange Cat Foundation was born.

Unfortunately, black cats are not as loved by the general public as they are by my family.  Right now we have several black cats in foster care and, although they are the nicest cats around, they constantly get overlooked.  I have even had people tell me, “No offense, but I don’t want a black cat.”

I hope there are others out there like us who love black cats.  Spread the word that these feline friends are not evil or tied to human created superstitions.  They are just cats, like all others, in need of homes.   

And perhaps I wasn’t a witch in a previous life (wouldn’t that mean I was buying in to the black cat superstitions, myself, if I think that’s the only reason I like black cats?), but just a cat lover, as I am now, who looked beyond the surface to see the spirit inside a body packaged in black.

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