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Living Love Animal Rescue Finding Homes for Lucky Black Cats

Oliver is one of the black cats up for adoption during Living Love Animal Rescue’s ‘Black Tie Event’ from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus, 2201 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo

MARBLE FALLS — During October, Living Love Animal Rescue has a policy: They don’t adopt out black cats or kittens.

“We just don’t want people adopting them for the wrong reasons,” volunteer Mary Canipe said. (The wrong reasons being related to Halloween.) However, black cats and kittens are still taken in and cared for during that 31-day period.

And they’re getting a day of their own.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus, 2201 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, Living Love Animal Rescue in conjunction with the pet store is holding a black cat adoption called “The Black Tie Event.” The majority of the felines up for adoption will be kittens, but Canipe said they also have some adult cats in search of forever homes as well.

Along with the adoption event, there will be readings of James Herriot’s story “Moses the Kitten” at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Canipe knows a thing or two about taking in a black cat (along with other colors). In May 1994, she was teaching at then-Marble Falls Primary School, which is now the Marble Falls ISD Administration Office. On Friday the 13th of that year, a tornado tore through the community. When she and the teachers returned after the storm to clean up, two teachers — Debi Shell and Margie Caffey — found a little black kitten crawling from some wreckage.

Nobody at the campus had seen the kitten before, and at about 4 weeks old, it was likely too young to be separated from its mother. Some wondered if the tornado itself hadn’t blown the kitten in.

Shell and Caffey passed the kitten on to Canipe.

She promptly named it Tornado, after the cyclonic storm that brought the feline into her life. The black cat made a couple of return trips to the school the next couple of years but mostly it enjoyed life as part of Canipe’s family.

Even though she was a cat lover before Tornado, who has since passed away, the little kitten cemented Canipe’s love for felines and carved a little extra space in the now-retired teacher’s heart for black cats.

Which makes the Dec. 9 event even more important to Canipe.

But before rushing out to adopt a kitten, Canipe offers some good advice.

“The most important thing is how the cat is going to fit into their lives,” Canipe said.

Do they have children? If so, how are they with a cat? If they already have other pets, how will they get along?

“It could be something as simple as, ‘Do I have room for a litter box?’” she pointed out.

Potential cat adopters should also consider the expense of owning and caring for a pet. There’s the food, Canipe said, but also veterinarian costs.

“Vet care is about $100 a year for a cat,” Canipe said. “That’s for their wellness check and shots like rabies. But if a cat gets sick, it could cost more. Those are things people need to consider.”

Canipe added that, even today, many people see cats and dogs very differently when it comes to care.

“There’s still this belief out there by a lot of people that dogs are these cool, friendly pets that you take care of and enjoy, but cats are just there. Cats, people believe, just take care of themselves,” she said. “Some people just see a cat as something that’s around, but they don’t have to really care for or take care of it.”

Unfortunately, a belief like this can lead to less preventive care and, eventually, emergency care.

Canipe wants people who are considering adopting a kitten or cat to understand the responsibility that comes with them. This isn’t to dissuade anyone from adopting; it’s just to ensure people view cats as true pets, just like dogs, and not something to get and forget.

“They’re actually wonderful, and each have their own personalities,” she added.

Go to livingloveanimalrescue.org for more information on the Marble Falls-area rescue or to see the dogs and cats available for adoption.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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