Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I sincerely hope that people aren't so disgustingly shallow that they would reject a black cat because they don't stand out as well in a selfie.
It's true that black cats are harder to photograph and that their features don't appear as distinctive because of their dark fur, which does make them harder to showcase in photos on adoption sites. It's also true that black cats are harder to see when in cages at shelters, which also works against them. It bothers me, but I can acknowledge that these, at least, are subconscious reasons why a person who is maybe open to adopting a cat of any appearance, might pass over a black cat in favor of another coloured kitty.
The idea that some stupid, self-obsessed twit might actually have a bias against black cats because they're looking for a cat that looks good in a selfie? That just pees me right off!
I don't think most people who adopt a pet do so for the sole purpose of accessorizing their Instagram account, but I'm sure some people have; people adopt pets on ridiculous impulses all the time. Anyone who would adopt a pet for that reason shouldn't have one! But, the fact that someone who is legitimately looking for an animal companion would take how their new pet looks in a selfie into consideration when choosing a cat or dog is ridiculous and makes me extremely sad.
Proud people-mommy of Galileo, Dante, Cosette, Autumn,
Ramona & Choco-cat (and foster kitty, Poe).
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