(Main picture features Black Jack, up for adoption now.  For more information click HERE).  Before I started volunteering for the Niagara Falls Humane Society, I didn’t know that Black Cats stay in shelters longer and are more difficult to find adoptive homes for than cats of other colours…


I thought it was a myth. It’s not!  When we got our Bette, (pictured below), I wanted her because of her personality. I wasn’t looking for a black cat and in fact, I wasn’t really looking for a cat at all. Except I was. Let me explain.


We had lost our beloved 15-year-old cat, Tess. To say she was a member of our family is a massive understatement. We were a family of three and everything my husband and I did was with Tess in mind. We adored her and her death left a huge hole in our family.

Several weeks later, I was at the Humane Society. I shouldn’t have been… not yet. It was way too soon. My heart was still raw. But my lap felt empty. And so, I walked back and forth in front of their cages. One cat, a big black one, rubbed against the glass whenever I passed. I thought it was a fluke. Maybe she’s just friendly with everyone? I watched as a couple passed by and she didn’t get up. I went back over and she came to the glass, rubbing back and forth. I mean, c’mon, what was I supposed to do? I asked to meet her. They put her in a room with me and she promptly trotted over and plopped on my feet, then rolled over, exposing her stomach. I rubbed her tummy and she purred.  (Pictured below playful Billy is looking for an adoptive family to love him.  For more information please click HERE). 


Well, you can imagine my conflicted heart. Oh, and I thought it might be a good idea to talk to my husband about it, right? So, I called him. Okay, I begged a little.

Long story short, Bette came home with me that day and has been a joyful addition to our family for the last three years. She is a delightful, plush, beautiful girl. She’s also very good at hide-and-seek. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost sat on her when she’s tucked into the corner of the couch.

I am a black cat convert!  This week’s column written by: Sheryl Hutton

Here are a few more animals up for adoption now at the Niagara Falls Humane Society:

Below, cute little Arizona is only 1.5 years old and is up for adoption now.  For more information click HERE.


(Below, Bernadette Peters is an Australian Shepherd mix who is 2 years old.  If you are interested in making her a part of your family, please click HERE).


(Below, Ms. Walker is a great looking hound who has a special adoption fee of $150.  For more information click HERE).



For information on all adoptions at the Niagara Falls Humane Society please visit their website HERE.

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