Black Never Goes Out of Style

Posted on Oct 26, 2011

from the Photo Lab

It’s that time of year again! The nights are getting a little cooler, time for the wool sweaters and boots to start making their appearance and the landscape paints itself with the golden and orange hues of fall. Pumpkins are everywhere, time to figure out this year’s costume and we have candy on the brain. For most, it is a delightful time of year, but due to silly superstitions, for black kitties it can be anything but.

It is common knowledge that dark-coated animals have a harder time getting adopted. Often overlooked by the “colorful”, more attractive options, thousands of black cats and dogs (and bunnies and other pets) wait for a long time to find their family… and that’s the best case, since many times, they meet a cold and lonely death because they are not the “popular” choice and our shelters are crowded. It kills me. Especially since I am the proud guardian and “parent” to a black dog and two black cats, and I cannot imagine our home without them.

One of our black kitties, RT, is the kind of cat that makes you feel extraordinary and special. How many people can you say that about?

I wanted to make the case for adopting black kitties in particular, being so close to Halloween and all, so I called upon my pet photographer friends and fellow members of an amazing organization called HeARTS Speak to share images they have taken of kitties available for adoption from all over. HeARTS Speak is a non-profit alliance with a mission to unite the individual efforts of animal artists & animal rescues into collective action for social change. Professional Pet Photographers lend their talents to shelters and rescues because an image can really mean the difference for an animal looking for a home. We are truly honored to be a part of such an amazing group of people, and I am so grateful for their participation in this blog post today. Are you an animal shelter on non-profit animal rescue? Contact us today about photographing your adoptable animals.

Below, you will find gorgeous images of kitties currently available for adoption. A huge thank you to the amazing photographers who lent their images for this cause. I hope you enjoy these images and may you be inspired to bring your own black kitty home.

This is Spree. He is 14 weeks old and is available through the Humane Society of Flower Mound in Texas. Image by Jenny Froh Photography.

This little girl named Pepper will be available for adoption in a couple of months at the New Rochelle Humane Society in New York. Image by Venture Pup Pet Photography.

10 Reasons to Bring a Black Kitty Home

1. Black is classy and will never go out of style.
2. Black goes with everything! Imagine all the cute bright-colored collars you can get for them.
3. Black fur does not show on your dark clothes.
4. Black cats are famous for being huge love-bugs with wonderful personalities.
5. They have the most unbelievable eyes.
6. They stand out on a snowy day.
7. No Halloween costume required.
8. They are always dressed up for a party.
9. They will love you unconditionally, and if you ask me, that makes us lucky!
10. They don’t care what color you are (or wear) so why should you?

This is Hope, a 9 year-old Persian mix waiting for a loving home at Cat A Do Cat Co-Op in Arizona. Image by Visual Harmony Photography.

Missy is a senior kitty who was homeless for a long time, but she recently got adopted by a loving family. Image by Fusaro Photography.

This little one says “Aloha” all the way from Kaneohe, Hawaii at Joey’s Feline Friends. Image by Lysandra Cook Photography.

Did I mention black kittens are adorable? Image by Southern Exposures Photography.

Miles and Mica, fostered by photographer Cindi Barker were recently adopted.

Black cats and kittens, the perfect addition to your home this fall. I hope you’ve enjoyed these amazing photos and hopefully you’ll be inspired to make a difference in the life of a little feline (or two!). Below are some great links and more info shared by another HeARTS Speak member Joni A. Solis. Happy Halloween!

The 14th Annual Black Cat Ball 

Bravo to the Myth Slayers 





  1. Poochie Freak
    October 27, 2011

    Beautiful photos of gorgeous cats, hope this helps them find a home. I LOVE black animals, particularly dogs. Always find it strange that they struggle to find homes, because they are just lovely with their stunning and shiny coats.

    Great post,

    Angela (a HeARTs Speak member in the UK)

  2. Joni
    November 3, 2011

    I twittered: Black Never Goes Out of Style – Adopt a Black Cat! #adopt #cats


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