National Black Cat Day (UK)
Also known as
Black Cat Awareness Day
the last Thursday in October (2011 to 2014)
annually on October 27th (since 2015)
Cats Protection in 2011
National Black Cat Day recognizes black cats, especially those that are in need of homes. Black cats have many times been given a bad rap in life. In many cultures, they are looked on with superstition and are thought to carry bad omens. This is the case in most of Europe and in the United States. If a black cat walks in front of you, it is thought that misfortune will come. Black cats have been associated with witches, and some people believe that they are shape-shifting animals that are witches themselves. There are some countries where black cats are seen as good luck, such as Great Britain and Japan, and they have also been thought to bring good luck on some ships as the "ship's cat." But, the overwhelming belief has been that black cats are no good. Consequently, they have been neglected and it takes longer for black cats to be adopted from shelters.
How to Observe
If you have a black cat, show him or her off in public or on social media. The best thing you can do today is adopt a black cat, of which there are twenty-two types in all. If you aren't yet ready to adopt one today, you could always do it on Black Friday, when many places waive the adoption fees for black cats. You could also make a donation to Cats Protection, the group that founded National Black Cat Day.