The perception of black cats varies between cultures but in the West, they generally have been associated with darkness, bad faith, and death. However, artist Jenny Jinya wants to change that. To her, the color of the fur doesn’t matter.
Not so long ago, she created a comic about the life of a black cat. It instantly went viral, so Jenny decided to make a sequel to it.
“There are dozens of posters and infographics with various statistics about abandoned or abused animals. Many know the problems, but such information is quickly forgotten,” Jenny told Bored Panda. “I try to give a voice to the victims with my comics. I want the affected pets to be able to tell their own stories. I hope I can raise awareness this way.”
Here’s the original Black Cat comic in case you haven’t seen it
And here’s the sequel
Luckily, things are beginning to change for the better. Even though numerous organizations (for example, Humane Society for Southwest Washington and Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood) have reported that black adult cats consistently stay longer on the adoption floor than their more colorful counterparts, the Halloween torture thing is becoming more of an urban legend that is a legitimate threat to the felines.
“We certainly do not have any hesitancy about adopting black cats at Halloween,” Deborah Wood, animal services manager for Washington County, told The Oregonian.
According to her, people come to the shelter specifically asking for black cats because they think the stigma around them might make it harder for them to get adopted.
Furthermore, common animal shelters practices require adopters to show identification and conduct an interview with a shelter staff worker before taking home a new pet.