Think for a moment – how many people do you know reasonably well in the Sacramento area? Then, how many do you know well enough to ask them to adopt a cat?
Simon has a wide circle of friends and close acquaintances, so he can name 50 people that he is close to. That’s great! His task for the day – convince each one of those 50 people to adopt a cat that is black (or black and white).
Simon knows that black cats are sleek and silky, playful, loving and a lot of fun at parties. Scientists have shown that they may even be less prone to certain serious health problems than cats of other hues.
Unfortunately it is extremely difficult to get black cats adopted, mainly due to ancient superstitions passed down from old wives and old sailors.
So Simon talks his friends into adopting. Success! By getting each of his friends to take one, there are 50 less cats in Sacramento that will have to be euthanized today. Problem solved.
More than 200 adoptable black cats are waiting at Sacramento rescues just today, according to Petfinder.com, the preeminent pet adoption site.
And those numbers do not include any black or black/white cats at the City of Sacramento Animal Shelter, the Sacramento County Animal Shelter or the Sacramento SPCA. Those places also probably have more than a few black cats waiting for homes today.
But let’s just focus on those 200+ cats on Petfinder. Do you think Simon could go back to his 50 friends and ask them to each adopt at least another three black cats? After all, everyone wants four or five cats of their own, right?
They all said yes? Simon truly has some GREAT friends. He can rest easy knowing that he has done an amazing, wonderful thing by helping 200 animals find permanent, loving homes.
But Simon can’t sleep; he keeps thinking about the uncounted number of black cats at the three big shelters. He also knows that more cats come to rescue groups every day, so the cages his friends emptied today will be full again within a day or two.
Simon loves black cats and it tears him up to know how many will die tomorrow, next week, and next year.
So Simon is going to help by spreading the word about tomorrow, which is Black Cat Appreciation Day. He’ll share with others his stories of frisky, silly, brave and brilliant felines who come dressed in black and in tuxedos.
He’ll share the attached video, which shows some of the many reasons to appreciate and love black cats.
Simon might also adopt a black cat or two for himself, and will make sure they are spayed or neutered. It won’t fix the problem overnight, but it is a start and is a wonderful way to bring joy to his life and to the life of an animal.
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