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Black Cats and Hallowe'en superstitions

Did you know that black cats and dogs are the least likely to be adopted from rescue organizations? Of course that means I have three black animals - two black cats (Razzamatazz and Kootenay) and Yoshi-Bella.   Yoshi-Bella is not all black so maybe she doesn't count.   When and why did the superstition around black cats start? According to americanfolklore.net, black cats were not considered unlucky until the (sarcasm) enlightened and civilized middle ages, when black cats were linked to witches.  Also this is influenced by culture, not all cultures believe that black cats are bad luck.   In North America this has been such a trend noted by rescue groups that there have been "Adopt a black dog or...

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