Update: September. We have new Black Cats Tell All community pages on Facebook and Google+. We’ll update news about our progress on the book. Join, follow, tag @blackcatstellall and share your photos. Let’s celebrate our love for black cats everywhere. Check also our BCTA TAB in our header.
Update: August. We did it! Black Cats Tell All: Amazing Black Cat Stories & Images is funded! We reached our goal on day one of the campaign. But we still need your support for each our important stretch goals. Check out our All new nonprofit campaign on Kickstarter.
We are expanding the original premise of black cat stories to include more photos and mini-panther profiles. Your cat could be included! Email us for submission guidelines or visit the link above to see the two “make your cat famous” perks.
Coming soon! Excerpts from the Black Cats Tell All nonprofit anthology
campaign will be included on a separate page to keep backers abreast of the book’s progress. And check out the new shareable graphics and enjoy the testimonial video from Cole and Marmalade.
If you’d like to make a donation or buy me a much needed coffee, many thanks.
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Black Cats Tell All: Nonprofit Illustrated Anthology seeks to rebrand black cats as more adoptable.
Direct link to Past Kickstarter Black Cats Tell All
Update: since writing about the tragic shootings in Orlando and since launching our Kickstarter campaign, there were several more heartbreaking and tragic events. Race is a volatile issue and there is no politically correct hashtag other than #blacklivesmatter. Out of respect, we will stop using any reference to “black” “cats” “lives” in a hashtag
For a long time, I’ve wanted to do a fun project that tackles a serious issue concerning cats. What kept coming up was the polarized love/hate black/white views about black cats. They’re lucky and beloved in some cultures and reviled consorts of the devil in others or at least less adoptable. No matter what the opinion, the facts don’t lie: black cats are half as likely to get adopted in a shelter.
Why? Simply because of the color of their fur. The more I thought about it, the more it felt like garden variety prejudice.
We live in a world full of hate fueled by fear and prejudice. We fear don’t understand, what is different, unfamiliar, what is “other”. It could be new technology. It could be another race, creed, belief system. It could be religion, the color of your skin or your gender preference. Layer the possibilities like a black, gay, Wiccan and it’s ripe for aversion. Prejudice makes no sense just as terrorism makes no sense except when couched in foreign ideology and fear of “other”.
I’m not a political animal but the recent massacre in a LGBT night club in Orlando, Florida floored me. It never occurred to me that such an atrocity could happen there but of course it can happen anywhere. My thoughts go out to the innocent club goers who lost their lives, their friends and families including their furkids.
When I visited Orlando in March, I thought of Disney World or the Global Pet Expo but now I’m thinking terrorist attack. Fear grows from fear. This has to stop.
Prejudice impacts all of us regardless of race, religion and ideology. And yes even species.
We can’t predict the next terror attack or the next time an innocent black man gets shot, but we can examine our beliefs and open our minds and hearts. Cats already rule the Internet and entertaining black cat stories work can chip away at preferences and prejudice. That’s the idea behind Black Cats Tell: True Tales. By simply sharing positive stories told from the cats’ perspective, and a diverse range of imagery, opinions about black cats can change.
From famous cats to the cat next door, these real cats tell it like it is. Their funny, surprising and entertaining tales aim to shift the perception of black cats and in turn increase their adoption rate.
It’s so simple and yet there are no books like this, yet.
Shareable graphic. This is not the book cover but the painting of Cole is by at talented artist in San Francisco. She is donating a custom portrait as one of our perks. The painting perk is spoken for.