Sarge’s holds ‘Lucky Friday, June 13’ event
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be holding a Black Cat Special Adoption from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the adoption center, 256 Industrial Parkway, Waynesville. All black adult cats and kittens can be adopted that day for $13.
Each adopter will be entered in Sarge’s June is Adopt-a-Cat Month prize drawing. Prizes include free local vet exams, six months of cat flea preventative, free boarding, bedding, cat brushes, nail trimmers, scratching posts, toys and treats.
“People think Friday the 13th and black cats are unlucky,” said Randi Pollack, chair of Sarge’s cat committee. “We don’t agree — so we’re having a Black Cat Special Friday the 13th.”
Why are black cats deemed to be unlucky by many? Black cats have been associated with witches in North America and Europe for centuries. Folklore features stories of witches assuming the shape of black cats. Since cats are nocturnal and a black cat being almost invisible at night only added to the myth. Nowadays, people associate black cats with Halloween.
In Europe, associating black cats or dark colored cats with witches led to mass killing of cats during the Middle Ages. Some historians feel that these killings led to an increase in the rat population. The fleas these rodents carried are cited as a cause of the Bubonic Plague, which wiped out millions.
However, there are many other cultures that hold the black cat in esteem. Ancient Egypt worshipped Bastet, the cat goddess, who represented prosperity and truth. This goddess was depicted as a woman with the head of a dark or black cat. To gain favor from the goddess, Egyptians kept black cats as pets. Many of the wealthy ancient Egyptians had their cats embalmed to take with them in the afterlife.
Sailors considered black cats as good luck on voyages. In Japan, black cats are often considered symbols of good luck. The Irish and English also believe black cats are lucky. So does Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation.
“Drop by and take home a lucky black cat or kitten,” Pollack said. “There will be refreshments and Sarge’s will have some great dogs available that day for half the usual adoption fee.”
Those interested in adopting are urged to complete applications ahead of time, if they can. For information, call Sarge’s at 246-9050.