Black cats get forever homes for Christmas

Deborah Wheeler | 315-4432 | @WaltonSunDeb |
Alaqua has seen a large number of their black cats find their forever homes in recent weeks, but still has eight cats available for adoption. SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Since an article on the fate of black cats appeared in The Sun two weeks ago there has been an outpouring of sympathy and love shown to the population at Alaqua Animal Refuge.

At the time The Sun published the first article, Alaqua was home to 16 black cats, a number higher than any other color.

"The black cats never leave," Alaqua founder Laurie Hood said at the time, as adult humans seem to continue to harbor a stigma about black dogs and cats.

However, since the article appeared, local communities have stepped up to show they do have sympathy and love in their hearts for animals of all colors -- even black ones.

An astounding number of black cats -- eight in all -- have been adopted since the article ran, said a jubilant Hood.

"We have never had that many adopted in such a short amount of time," she said.

However, there are eight more remaining and she urges anyone wanting a new pet to come up to Alaqua and visit all the animals.

Alaqua is located on Whitfield Road off State Road 20 west of Freeport. The refuge is open from noon to 5 p.m. most days. Call 880-6399 for information.