Fall is finally here, this means that the leaves are changing color and the temperature is finally dropping. It’s also a time when it’s popular to adopt a cat and then change your mind.
According to Maggie Taylor, President of the Bannock County Humane Society, this is a tricky time for felines. “It’s a fad to have a black cat on Halloween, carry it around whatever you want to do. But that’s not the way. You wouldn’t want your child taken and you give you child to someone for four days and all of the sudden they don’t want the child. Again, (you know) it’s just like if it was a human being it is a life and you want to protect that life,” Taylor said.
According to Maggie one of the keys to making sure that you’re ready to adopt is making sure that you’re in it for the long haul
“It’s not just oh I’m going to take this kitten home and six months later it’s gotten big you know the cuteness is gone and then you want to get rid of it. And you just don’t do that. You have to be sure you come up you take a look, you make it a family decision,” Taylor said.
Certain types of felines, such as black cats are more popular with the holiday season. To prevent individuals from wanting to have a cat for Halloween and then change their mind after the celebration is over; the bannock county humane society doesn’t typically allow black cat adoptions during their adoption days in October.
In explaining the policy Taylor added that, “We have in the past not had black cats at our adoption days in October. They seem to disappear on occasion. We have some of our black cats up here today but their applications are being taken and they will not be released until November first if they are the appropriate family for them.”
Maggie offered this advice for keeping your animal safe during Halloween.
“Keep them in the house or keep them in the backyard where they are secure. Don’t let them go to the door because they may run out the door and go after somebody because they’re wearing something strange. You know you don’t want to have anything happen to them,” Taylor explained.