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Don’t be superstitious, take a black cat home on Wednesday

Black cats, even ones with some white on them like this one, are up for adoption Wednesday at Paws Humane on Milgen Road in Columbus, with adoption fees waived in honor of Black Cat Appreciation Day. --
Black cats, even ones with some white on them like this one, are up for adoption Wednesday at Paws Humane on Milgen Road in Columbus, with adoption fees waived in honor of Black Cat Appreciation Day. -- Courtesy of Paws Humane

Set all superstitions aside and accept a black cat into your heart.

That’s what Paws Humane in Columbus is asking Columbus-area residents to do Wednesday in honor of Black Cat Appreciation Day. That means all adoption fees are being waived for black feline, as well as black and white kitties, over 3 months old.

“Black cats can be harder to adopt in the shelter, so we are honoring them for their own appreciation day,” Paws Humane marketing director Casey Smith said via email. “Let's get these orphans in their forever home.”

Folklore has long associated black cats with witches and black magic, a mysterious legend that burgeons each year as the Halloween holiday approaches at the end of October. Some people, even if they know better, may recite the notion that a black cat crossing your path leads to bad luck.

Black Cat Appreciation Day is meant to dispel such superstitions and, instead, promote the idea that they can make a great companion for anyone.

Paws is the city’s no-kill animal shelter that takes in dogs and cats until a home is found for them. It is located at 4900 Milgen Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 706-565-0035.

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