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By Amanda

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Today Is Black Cat Appreciation Day, And For Good Reason...

Being a black cat isn't easy, and it's not just because black cats are associated with evil, bad luck, and ominous fortunes in folklore. Because of that negative association, black cats (and black animals in general) are euthanized at higher rates in shelters. Fewer people want to adopt them, and many are given up.

It's a sad state of affairs, but hopefully, recognizing this holiday will change that. That's right, August 17th is National Black Cat Appreciation day, and we're here to celebrate all the beautiful, slightly-spooky-but-totally awesome black cats of the world.

And if you've been looking for a rescue cat, today is your day? Shelters across the country are offering specials on black cats today, with the hopes of getting them adopted. And, in honor of this special day, we've put together some adorable black cat pictures below.

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Somewhere during the Middle Ages, Europeans got the idea that black cats were associated with witchcraft -- but seriously, is there anything witchy about this little one?

Somewhere during the Middle Ages, Europeans got the idea that black cats were associated with witchcraft -- but seriously, is there anything witchy about this little one?

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It's strange, because the Egyptians actually thought of them as a symbol of good luck.

It's strange, because the Egyptians actually thought of them as a symbol of good luck.

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And many cultures across the globe today actually still think they're good luck.

And many cultures across the globe today actually still think they're good luck.

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For example, in England and Ireland, it's good fortune if a black cat crosses your path

For example, in England and Ireland, it's good fortune if a black cat crosses your path

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Speaking of Great Britain, giving a cat to a bride in the English Midlands is also good luck -- and possibly the best wedding gift ever?

Speaking of Great Britain, giving a cat to a bride in the English Midlands is also good luck -- and possibly the best wedding gift ever?

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In Japan, black cats are considered symbols of good luck, especially for single women hoping to find a suitor.

In Japan, black cats are considered symbols of good luck, especially for single women hoping to find a suitor.

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There are also some fascinating facts about the cats themselves. For instance, did you know that most black cats are male, and almost all of them have yellow eyes?

There are also some fascinating facts about the cats themselves. For instance, did you know that most black cats are male, and almost all of them have yellow eyes?

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Simply put, black cats are the greatest. If you've got one, make sure to give some extra love to your black cat today.

Simply put, black cats are the greatest. If you've got one, make sure to give some extra love to your black cat today.

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