Dear Reader: It will be my privilege to be the guest on Canto Talk for our annual Halloween show. Please join Silvo Canto Jr., and me for an afternoon of scary news and fun traditions on Wednesday, Oct. 26th at 12 noon PST/2 pm CT/3 pm EST (click HERE for the show for a podcast afterward).
This year’s special show will feature the website I have been the Project Manager for, which Girl Scout Emma Kahn created as part of her Gold Star Project: Black Cats Need Love! The purpose of the site is to encourage people to adopt black cats from animal shelters…like I did with Venus and Jupiter!
Black cats spend a longer time in shelters waiting to be adopted.
This is a problem because cats in shelters are stressed, and they are more likely to get sick.
A very common disease for shelter cats is an upper respiratory infection.
Cats who become sick at a shelter are at risk of being euthanized.
The fact that black cats take longer to be adopted puts them at greater risk of dying in the shelter.
Some people think that black cats are unlucky or evil, but this is just a superstition.
In some places like England, Ireland, Scotland and Japan, black cats are considered good luck!
So how did black gets get to be such an iconic symbol of Halloween?
It all started with the Pilgrims in the Plymouth colony. The Puritan Pilgrims distrusted anything associated with witches and sorcery, including black cats. They actively persecuted black cats – it became a practice to burn black cats on Shrove Tuesday to protect the home from fire.
After the anti-witch zeal had subsided in the colonies, black cats had been thoroughly cemented in popular legend right alongside witches. Decorators use them as a Halloween symbol, both alongside witches and independently, to add a frightful, unnerving ambience to their front steps, their green eyes spooking trick-or-treaters.
And, as always, we will feature the scary news of the day! So tune in for another ghoulishly great show with the diabolically dashing Silvio Canto, Jr.!