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Adorable, Adoptable Black Cats (And Halloween Tips for Pet Owners)

In honor of Halloween, I would like you to meet five black cats who are currently up for adoption through the Dumb Friends League in Denver. Because of the number of cats currently in need of shelter, the organization is offering a fee waiver for all cats over one years old through the end of October (that’s today), and each of these lovable cats qualifies for this incentive. If you are interested in adoption, please contact the Dumb Friends League at (303) 751-5772 or visit their website or one of their shelter locations. If you’re not able to adopt, there are still many ways to help. And next time you’re picking up peanut butter, soap, or baby food, grab extra for our furry friends. You can see a full wish list of items you can donate to homeless pets at the Dumb Friends League here.

Check out the bottom of this post for a list of Halloween tips for pet owners.

Abby_A0284661_CatAbby (A0284661)
An 11-year-old spayed, domestic short hair cat located at the Quebec Street shelter.

I can’t decide which I prefer: snuggling on your lap or purring when you pet me! Perhaps we can combine all my favorite activities into one. That’s something we can work out when you get me home. I should also tell you that I’ve been described by a previous owner as “very sweet” and I do love cat treats. It takes me a bit of time to warm up, but once I do I’m all yours. Let’s meet today!

Mardi_A0315332_catMardi (A0315332)
An 11-year-old neutered, domestic medium hair cat located in a foster home. For more information, please call the Quebec Street shelter at (303) 751-5772.

It might take me a little while to warm up to new people, but I enjoy chin scratches and being petted once I feel comfortable. My favorite past times include using my scratching post and looking out the window. If you would like to learn more about me, please stop by for a visit!

Valerie_A0429413_catValerie (A0429413)
A 6-year-old spayed, domestic short hair cat located at the Quebec Street shelter.

If you would ask me how I envision my “perfect world”,  I would say in a loving home where I would be the only pet and with no children under the age of 10. I just want to be the star of the show and have all the attention for myself! So, if you are a devoted cat lover, please come visit me today–I’ll be waiting. Click here to see an adorable video of Valerie!

Gloria_A0650268_CatGloria (A0650268)
An 11-year-old spayed, domestic short hair cat located in a foster home. For more information, please call the Quebec Street shelter at (303) 751-5772.

Greetings! My name is Gloria. My fur is a beautiful deep black. On top of that, I have beautiful alluring eyes that are searching for you. I’m an independent girl you can pet me but don’t expect me to sit on your lap, that’s just not my style. I’m not that fond of dogs I’ve lived with them before but when they want to play I’ll swat them with my paw. You know you are out there, so jump in the car and come down and visit with me. Click here to see an adorable video of Gloria!

Nicky_A0495290_catNicky (A0495290)
A 7-year-old neutered, domestic medium hair cat located at the Quebec Street shelter.

Handsome guy looking for a loving forever home! It might take me some time to get used to new people, but I like attention once I feel comfortable. My favorite past times include sitting in laps and relaxing. If you would like to meet, please stop by for a visit!

Tips for Pet Owners on Halloween, from The Dumb Friends League:

  • Protect your pets on Halloween by keeping them indoors. Pets that are out at night with trick-or-treaters might get spooked by noises and costumes, which could cause them to run away.
  • Cats should be kept indoors at all times, and if you have a black or white cat, you should be especially careful about keeping it indoors on Halloween. Some people are superstitious about cats and may try to scare or harm them.
  • Keep pets confined and away from the door while you’re greeting trick-or-treaters to prevent them from darting outside.
  • Your dog may feel that his territory is being invaded by the constant onslaught of visitors. Keep your dog in a secluded area of the house to help him stay calm and prevent him from growling or possibly biting visiting ghouls and goblins.
  • Keep Halloween candy out of your pet’s reach because it can make your pet sick. In fact, chocolate and raisins can be fatal to dogs.

Tips for Pets Wearing Costumes:

  • Don’t restrict your pet’s ability to walk and sit down comfortably. If your dog looks miserable, he probably is.
  • Don’t make your pet wear a mask that covers his eyes, ears or nose.
  • Don’t put your pet in a costume that makes it difficult to breathe. This is especially important for flat-nosed dogs such as bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers and Pekingese.
  • Always supervise your dog while in costume so he doesn’t chew or eat any costume parts.

If you have pictures of your pet on Halloween or photos of a beloved rescue animal, share them with us on Facebook here!