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How did black cats ever get associated with witches in the first place? Because, seriously, black cats are not what I'd put on my top ten list of scary talismans. Like a zombie shows up and he's got someone's guts wrapped around his neck like a long sausage necklace and Dr. Frankenstein shows up and he's wheelbarrowing around this stinky meat mannequin with flies buzzing around it made up of sewn together body parts and he's mumbling, "It's alive, it's alive," when it's obviously not and then the wicked witch shows up and she's got ... a cat. Seriously? Frankenstein is all, "WTF, lady? You brought a cat?" and the zombie's like, "Guuh, nice kitty," and the cat jumps out of the witch's arms and slinks around the zombie's putrefied leg and purrs and the witch is like, "Well, excuse me for not living up to your expectations, assholes," but the Zombie points at her and says, "Guh, loser," so then she's like, "Yeah, well shut up you douchebag cuz you're going to brown your tighties when you see what else I brought," and then she pulls out a broomstick but that doesn't get the reaction she's hoping for either.

So remember, don't let other people think you're a loser. Black cats aren't Halloween props - but they do make great pets.

For adoption information on this cat and other cats (and dogs and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.

5 Comments to “Halloween Fable”

  1. rika says:

    This is just great - gotta love the wicked witch!

  2. Laura HP says:

    Is that Felix? If so that's a great cat :)

  3. Joanne says:

    Now that is a pix of how black cats should be presented for adoption. Good job Fred. I hope he/she finds a loving, special home. Black cats are elegant and sophisticated and it is merely the ignorance of humans that have tagged them with the ridiculous concept of being a witche's familiar.

  4. Fred says:

    Hi Laura, yes, I think this guy is Felix - a very cooperative model.

  5. Laura HP says:

    Yeah I did photos of him too at some point, he's such a sweetheart. He's been waiting way too long!

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A request

The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.