Superstition says that black cats cause bad luck. Rather than causing bad luck, the black cats brought to the Lakeshore Humane Society have had bad luck themselves. Fortunately they were lucky enough to be found and society workers have been able to change their lives for the better.
The saga began with the discovery of Elise, a young black female, due to have kittens in a few weeks, and having a broken, impacted tooth that would need special surgery. She developed a wicked upper respiratory infection, and was so ill that it was feared that she could not survive the birth. With the help of humans and another mother cat to clean and warm up the babies, she was able to deliver six black kittens, five of which have survived.
Several weeks ago, Mary Jo, a black kitten estimated to be about 10 weeks old, was nearly hit by a driver in the Irving area. The driver stopped, and the bad spell was reversed. Picked up filthy, full of parasites, and malnourished, Mary Jo is now a friendly, outgoing young lady.
The very next day, on a rainy morning, Hedda was found on a road, perhaps soon after being hit by a car, and starting to go into shock. About three months old, she was soaking wet, shaking uncontrollably, and had suffered a significant head injury. With medical treatment, a warm, safe environment and plenty of good food, she is recovering well.
Several days before Halloween, a 10- month-old unspayed black female was found in a garage, with an injured paw that might have been caught in a trap. Immediate surgery saved both the cat and her paw. She is a very sweet young lady who was just released for convalescence.
LHS has been able to reverse the hex on these black cats by providing the attention and care that they need, and it looks like these nine black cats will be having good fortune from now on.
However, we need help in paying the medical costs for these animals, so we have established a Black Cat Rescue Fund. We are also seeking good homes.
To donate or apply to adopt one of these cats, write to Lakeshore Humane Society, 432 East Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048; phone 672-1991; check the Facebook page: (Lakeshore Humane); or check the website: www.lakeshorehumanesociety.
LHS will be featuring a reduced rate on black cats for a Black Friday promotions throughout December. Black Fridays will last from Friday morning until Sunday night on every weekend in December.