After adopting a kitten in 2014, photographer Casey Elise started volunteering at the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter. While working at the shelter, she came to learn that black cats have the lowest adoption rates and the highest euthanasia rates among the shelter’s cat population.
A lot of animal shelters today host web and social media pages that showcase the pets who are ready for adoption. Casey felt like the black cats featured on these pages weren’t looking nearly as desirable as their more colorful friends, since it was so hard to see their features. So the cat loving photographer started taking their pictures for the shelter.
To get the effect seen in the photos, Casey uses an external flash and lightens the cats’ faces during the editing process.
“With this photo series, I tried to showcase their personalities. I hope these photos will help them get placed in a loving home,” Casey said.
According to the ASPCA, there are more black cats in shelters because well, there are just more black cats in general. And due to outdated (and incorrect) myths about black cats being bad luck, they have a much harder time getting adopted.
Unlike what we’ve heard in the past about animal shelters blocking black cat adoptions around Halloween for fear of the cats being mistreated, the ASPCA actually encourages animal shelters to take advantage of the holiday to promote black cat adoptions. In fact, they have confirmed that there is “no spike in cruelty towards cats during Halloween.”
The truth is that the color of a cat does not determine its temperament, and while black cats are haunted by superstitions, they are just as sweet and deserving of love and affection as the rest!