‘Black Panther’ hitting the box office this February seems to have an unexpected side effect. Pet shelters in Colorado are reporting that adoption rates of black cats increased drastically over the last few weeks.
In Medieval Europe, black cats were considered servants of dark powers. Although many things have changed since then, they are still associated with mischief and bad luck. For this reason, black cats are usually avoided even in those cultures where they weren’t perceived negatively.
PETA’s study shows that ‘Black cats are two-thirds less likely to get adopted than white cats and only half as likely to be adopted as tabby cats’
It is not clear yet if this is ‘fad’ will fade soon, but anyway – this seems to be a good start.