Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 17

The purpose of Black Cat Appreciation Day (August 17) is to bring awareness to the world about the joy of living with a black cat, to dispel myths about black cats, and to help more of these friendly, dark-furred felines across the globe get adopted.

Aside from the fact that cats--in general--deserve appreciation, black cats might need just a little more appreciation. Black cats have been unjustly maligned and misunderstood throughout much of history, falsely associated with bad luck and diabolical sorcerers. Strangely, even in the 21st century, these ebony beauties are often the last to be adopted at many shelters.

Wayne H. Morris originated the concept of a Black Cat Appreciation Day and chose the date of August 17 in memory of his sister's passing. Morris' sister, June, passed away at age 33, a few years before the first Black Cat Appreciation Day. She had deeply loved her own black cat. June died just two months after the passing of her 20 year old black cat, Sinbad. August 17th symbolizes the loving bond between humans and black domestic felines.

The first observance of Black Cat Appreciation Day was in August 2011. "For the Love of Black Cats (Black Cat Appreciation Page)" joined Facebook on July 17, 2011. On September 11 2011, Morris explained, "I had plastered the date [August 17] all over facebook months before I created an event [page on Facebook]."

Wayne Morris is an artist and volunteers his talents at an animal rescue shelter which is called "Rikki’s Refuge," PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22733, 540-854-0870;; Rikki’s Refuge is a division of Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc. a nonprofit Virginia corporation, IRS designated 501(c)3.

How to Observe Black Cat Appreciation Day

As Wayne H. Morris invented "Black Cat Appreciation Day" in 2011, it is a "new" holiday and does not have a long string of traditions attached to it. Nevertheless, here are some suggestions on how to observe the date.

Prior to August 17:

On "Black Cat Appreciation Day": Some Random Black Cat Appreciation Day Party suggestions: All Year and Every Year: Quotations about Black Cats:

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere. --Groucho Marx

Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it's a good cat. --Chinese Proverb

Searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat is difficult, but the animal might be there. --Unknown

Every cat is black at night. --Czech Proverb

Whenever the cat of the house is black, the lasses of lovers will have no lack. --Folk Saying

Black Cat Facts:

copyright August 2012 Myth Woodling


In Celebration of Black Cats - Animal Planet : Cat Scratchings, 08/16/2011.
Black Cat Appreciation Day , Life With Cats, August 17, 2011.
Facebook: Black Cat Appreciation Group!!!!
Facebook: For the Love of Black Cats (Black Cat Appreciation Page)
You Tube: Adopt a Lucky Black Cat...

Lucky Black Cat Cookies
13 Reasons to Adopt a Black Cat
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