Shelter Fire Survivors: Three Lucky Black Cats

Our Lucky Black Cat Adoption Campaign continues weekly until Halloween. By bringing awareness of how wonderful black cats are in words and art we hope to encourage more shelter adoptions of black cats. It’s a mystery to those who adore black cats but they remain the least popular color at shelters.

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The Mid-Hudson Animal Aid is a free-range, no-kill cat shelter in Beacon, New York, about an hour north of me. Like many small shelters, it does good work and doesn’t get much press. That is, until a fire swept through recently and over 150 cats were evacuated. Sadly, eight cats died, several were hospitalized for smoke inhalation and several more escaped into the nearby woods. The rescued cats are scattered in foster homes from Albany to New York City where hopefully they can stay until the shelter is re-constructed. Needless to say, the loss is great and they could use help.

I reached out to my contacts at the always awesome World’s Best Cat Litter and they are donating a pallet of cat litter. Celebrity cats LIL BUB and Henri have made donations. What I love about the cat lover community is how we rally in support no matter where we live.

Visit Mid-Hudson Animal Aid’s Facebook page for all the updates. They also have an Amazon Wishlist  If you are interested in adopting, please EMAIL (their office and phone line are obviously  closed)

We’re featuring some of the shelter’s very lucky survivor black cats. Every cat has a story and I believe good can come out of a bad situation. When I asked the shelter director Audrey Lovato who were the top three black cats in most need of adoption, she didn’t hesitate, “Star, of course, Momma Bear and Zippy.

Star is a young adult female who arrived at the shelter as a four month old kitten. She’s still around because she’s really shy. She’s gentle, curious and likes people and other cats. Someone patient will be rewarded by allowing her to blossom naturally in her forever home.

Star: Domestic Short Hair-Black, Cat; Beacon, NY

Momma Bear was a good good mom to her four kittens but now needs a home of her own. She is friendly, well socialized and likes humans, kids, other cats and dogs.

Momma Bear: Domestic Short Hair, Cat; Beacon, NY

Zippy is a young male who got burned badly trying to crawl under a car to stay warm in the winter. He is shy but okay with a few people. He loves Fancy Feast beef and will need someone patient and willing to spent time allowing him to come out of his shell. He reminds me of how our Gris Gris and would thrive on lots of interactive play and love.

Zippy: Domestic Short Hair, Cat; Beacon, NY

This week’s lucky black cat art treasures include a fun, vintage cast iron doorstop, circa 1885 advertising poster, vintage figurine, fantasy statue, bookends, salt and pepper shakers, paintings, cameo necklace and vintage posters celebrate the beauty and charm and black cats.


vintage black cat doorstop          1885 Kitchen Decor Poster Baking Powder Ad Black Cat Superstition Print New 1365

WINDSTONE EDITIONS "BLACK SUNSET" BIRD WINGED FLAP CAT FIGURINE, FANTASY STATUE                    Vintage Pair Japan Shafford Redware Black & Gold Cat Kitten Figurine Bookends         VINTAGE POSTER THE BLACK CAT FLOWERS 1898 THE HEART OF GOD REPRO LARGE50's Shafford Japan Black Cat Salt and Pepper Shakers


8x8 Steinlen Vintage Poster Art_BLACK CAT_Ceramic Tile          Black Cat Lady Photo Studio Camera Philadelphia Vintage Poster Repro FREE S/H




24 thoughts on “Shelter Fire Survivors: Three Lucky Black Cats”

  1. I’ll right away take hold of your rss feed as I can’t to find your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me recognize in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  2. Thank you, Ms. Wilde! All of our ‘escapee’ cats have now been accounted for and are safe in fosters. We appreciate everyone’s support and kind words.

  3. What lovely black cats you’ve featured. Its sad how people judge a cat by its “cover”. We’re purring for them to be adopted soon. We also hope the shelter recovers quickly and this will lead to more publicity and kitties finding homes.

  4. Fire is such a horrible threat to any shelter. We are so sad that some babies lost their lives,were hurt or ran away (hopefully to be found again) but we are so very very thankful that it wasn’t more. This disaster has brought the Mid-Hudson Animal Aid into the spotlight and that is a good thing. Anytime the spotlight is put on kitty’s in need it is a wonderful thing. We purr and pray every day that every animal in need is blessed with the answer to that need. Love is a powerful,awesome thing! We hope these three beauties find their extra special luv a black kitty furever home!
    Luvs and blessings to all.
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang >^..^<

  5. I do not know why anyone would think badly of black cats. They are so beautiful. It is obvious by these sweeties how they would make a wonderful companion in a forever home. WE hope that their special person arrives quickly. We are so sorry to hear that this shelter had to suffer through such a tragedy,

  6. Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop!
    What a disaster to have a fire in a shelter! So sorry that some of the kitties didn’t make it and some got away… very tragic.
    We don’t have any kitties, but if we did, they’d probably be black. I just love them.
    Will share these three sweeties!

  7. Yes, we heard about the fire, too. So, so terrible and sad. We are glad so many are stepping up to help. Thank you for featuring Star, Momma Bear and Zippy — we have our paws crossed that they will find forever homes very soon.

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  9. So sorry to hear about the fire at the shelter. I agree, good can come out of a bad situation. I hope these beautiful black kitties find forever homes really soon.

  10. We didn’t know about the fire until we just read it here. We hope the black cats won’t be left waiting again for new homes they deserve to be first sometimes. They would probably be adopted first if they were in the UK.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  11. A fire in a shelter must be a nighmare, so horrible. Thanks for featuring the black kitties! I hope they will find a home soon. I have no idea why always the black kitties and doggies have to wait so long for a new home. Black is beautiful and it has class. I’m a fan!

  12. I LOVE how mew are featuring black cats all month long, as my angel sister Černy (‘black’ in Czech) was our house panther until a year ago when cancer took her. She was a true ‘poster cat’ for the plight of black cats being a survivor of horrible physical and emotional abuse in her first year of life. Nine years with our family allowed her to blossom from a skittish, non-trusting kitty with PTSD and panic attacks to a confident, loving, trusting, funny, and smart house panther.
    Mom and I read about the shelter’s fire and were impressed with how dedicated and giving people were to saving and helping care for the surviving cats. The three black panthers in need of homes sound sweet and I send them all my purrs of luck in finding a forever family SOON.

  13. We are sad to hear about the fire and the devastation.
    The black cats featured are cuties and we purr they will be able to get good homes.
    We too are glad people are helping out.
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger, JJ and Julie

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