Black cats have always been discriminated against throughout history. People in the past thought black cats were unlucky, demons, or witch’s pets. Even today, shelters find that black cats are adopted less often than cats of other colors.

That’s why August 17 has been declared Black Cat Appreciation Day. Created by Wayne Morris to raise awareness about the plight of black cats, Morris said he selected Aug. 17 to “honor my sister’s passing and love of black cats.” Morris said that even today, ignorance and superstitions still haunt black cats because of the color of their fur. He wants us to remember – all cats are the same – they all need our love.

If you’re looking to adopt a cat, consider a black cat. Black cats can be just as loving as cats of other colors, so give any cat a good home, especially a black one.