Feral Paws: Black is Beautiful

Oct 21, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Feral Paws Rescue

by Lupe Gore

Feral Paws Rescue Group in Fresno shares with us some of their animal rescue adventures every month. Check out KRL’s article about Feral Paws to learn more about them. Lupe Gore is a FPRG volunteer.

It’s October, and that means Halloween is coming! With Halloween come ghosts, pumpkins, all things creepy and, of course, black cats. Now, there are superstitions about black cats and bad luck—which aren’t true at all. However, those superstitions still keep many people from adopting a black cat. Thankfully, for many black cats who were overlooked at kill shelters and given a death sentence, Feral Paws Rescue stepped in and saved their lives. Here are the stories of just a few saved by Feral Paws Rescue in recent years.

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Boo was owner-surrendered to the North Central Shelter in Los Angeles in March 2012. He was 13 years old and came in with two friends. All were rescued and Boo went to a forever home in Fresno. Boo adjusted well for his age, and bonded with his new human. Boo loves to sleep on the bed next to his human and snuggle. Those of us who love cats will never understand how anyone can give up a senior cat to a kill shelter.

Sammie was surrendered to the Los Angeles County shelter in Lancaster in 2013, when he was just over a year old, along with a long-haired, gray-and-white companion. Feral Paws Rescue saved both of them and put them in their Adoption Center. A volunteer at the Adoption Center who loves black cats saw Sammie, immediately fell in love with him, and adopted him. Sammie loves to sit in the window sill of his 2nd floor apartment and look down on neighbors’ yards and watch the birds, squirrels, and people below. He also loves to lounge in the sink on hot days.

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Nicolas was also surrendered to the Lancaster shelter in September 2014, and was immediately pulled by Feral Paws Rescue as they had an adopter waiting for him in Fresno. Nicolas is a very sweet cat who loves the company of his human and the other cats he shares his new home with. He is now eight years old and his favorite place is sleeping on the blankets on his human’s bed.

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Lorenzo was surrendered to the CCSPCA shelter in Fresno just before Christmas of 2014 when he was almost nine years old. Feral Paws Rescue knew he would never get adopted mainly due to his age, and the fact that he was black; so once again they stepped in. Lorenzo now lives in the same home as Sammie and they get along very well. They both love running water from the faucet in the sink and watching everything outside their favorite window.

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Miercoles came into the CCSPCA shelter in Fresno in April 2016 at age four, after he had already been part of a TNR program. He has a tipped ear and had been neutered. The shelter labeled him as “feral,” but one look at this gentle big cat and Feral Paws Rescue knew they had to save him, and had a home for him. Miercoles loves to snuggle next to his human on the bed pillows, loves to be carried on his human’s shoulder, and gets along with everyone and everything in his home—including the vacuum cleaner!

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These are just a few of the black cats whose lives Feral Paws Rescue has saved. Unfortunately, there are never enough foster homes, or forever homes for all of the black cats in shelters, but this one rescue tries to save as many as possible. After reading these stories, won’t you consider adopting one from a shelter? They are very loving, sweet, gentle cats! And as the saying goes, black is beautiful!

Happy Halloween and remember to keep your black cats (and all cats) indoors where they are safe.

Two upcoming adoption events:
October 21 – Saturday – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply, 1630 Herndon, Clovis, CA
Saturday, October 28 at Tractor Supply, 1630 Herndon Ave, Clovis, CA: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m?. ALL KITTENS! fully vetted and ready for a new home for the holidays.
November 18 – Saturday – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply, 1630 Herndon, Clovis, CA

You can learn more about Feral Paws on their website.

Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section & watch for more stories from Feral Paws every other month. Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to Feral Paws.


  1. My sister rescued a brother/sister pair from a shelter. Toby is a tuxedo cat while Belle is pure black.

  2. I love black cats and have a three-legged, one-eyed black cat named L’il B. He was an outdoor stray that came to us. I knew he wouldn’t make it and so, one day when he actually knocked on our back door, we took him in. Ended up having his bad eye removed but it hasn’t slowed him down a bit.

    • I LOVE Li’l B, Lee!

  3. I adopted a black cat. I think they’re very attractive. He was a hazard at night though. He used to sleep in the middle of the bathroom doorway and I would kick him on my way in or stumble and almost fall since I don’t turn on the lights at night. I soon realized the darkest of the patches was him (and he probably got tired of being kicked). I started shuffling as I neared the door and he eventually stopped lying there.


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