Celebrate Black Cat Day in Raleigh by rescuing a feline

Oct. 27 is Black Cat Day. Celebrate felines by adopting from local rescues — or just volunteering and fostering.

A grid of eight black cats.

Could one of these black cats be your next furry friend?

Photos provided by Meow House Cat Rescue + SAFE Haven for Cats

Today, Oct. 27 is Black Cat Day in Raleigh + across the country. Although “black cat bias” — a theory that darker colored cats are less likely to be adopted — might be a hoax, we want to highlight local kitties who might be your purr-fect match. These are all local nonprofit rescues, meaning you’re adopting, not shopping.

  • Cause for Paws | This rescue — which you might know from two local thrift stores — is home to 23-week-old brothers Forest Bear and Black Bear in its north Raleigh location. If you’re not ready for a full commitment, try fostering; the rescue provides all supplies, you just need to bring your time and love.
  • Meow House Cat Rescue | Meet the gang at Meow House. With eight black cats to choose from, you can have your pick from older cats like Flynn or Mr. Kitty, or kittens like Ariel, Loverboy, and plenty more.
  • SAFE Haven for Cats | Visit potential fur babies at Purr Cup Cafe, a coffee shop where you can meet cats. Plus, double check the “Holding Out For My Hero” section of the website — these cats have been in the shelter for a long time or have special needs.
  • Second Chance Pet Adoptions | Founded in 1987, Second Chance is the oldest no-kill rescue organization in Wake County. Adopt a black kitten like Elara, or brothers Rumple and Ratcliff.
  • SPCA of Wake County | The SPCA has a wide variety of cats, dogs, and other pets like rabbits and guinea pigs.