Barrington Animal Control cat adoption drive is Saturday


Barrington Animal Control will host a black cat adoption event on Saturday, Oct. 13 during the Pumpkin Junction at St. John’s Church, on County Road.

The cats are being referred to as “mini panthers” because the bulk of those available are black and, according to ACO Patti Watson, black cats and dogs are statistically the most difficult to adopt out.

All cats are neutered and vaccinated. Adoption fees will be waived for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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is the ACO from Barrington out of her ever loving mind????? Adopting black cats in October is a BIG NO to begin with and then FOR FREE??? Are you kidding me????? How far up their butts is their heads??? So far that when they open their mouths they can see!!~

MOST, if not all, reputable shelters WON'T EVEBN ADOPT OUT BLACK CATS IN OCTOBER, LET ALONE GIVE THEM AWAY!!!! Anyone one know why??? come folks, put on thinking caps and see if we can come up with pne good answer!

I have one word for this IDIOTS!!!! Come ob Barrington, use those brains and out a stop to this NOW....Shame on the person instructing the ACO to do!! IDIOT!!! ISIOT !! IDIOT !!!

Friday, October 12, 2012 | Report this

THis should not take place....this is crazy! Reputable shelters do not adopt out black cats in October......Barrington DONT do it, your reputation is on the line, If you care for the animals in your care at all you will NOT go thru with this. And for free...REALLY????

Friday, October 12, 2012 | Report this

Please this should not be happening....What is this AC thinking...Someone needs to stop this...Why in the world would they Give black cats October?

Friday, October 12, 2012 | Report this

What a terrible idea - the rest of the rescue / shelter universe knows to POSTPONE the adoption of black cats until after Halloween, but this ACO is having a free adopt-a-thon because they're difficult to place?

Shame on her and shame on Barrington for putting numbers ahead of the welfare of these animals!

Friday, October 12, 2012 | Report this

"There is no evidence that adopting black cats around Halloween poses any greater risk to the pets than adopting them at any other time of the year. National Geographic did an article in 2007 titled 'Ritual Cat Sacrifices a Halloween Myth, Experts Say.' Experts on Halloween and cults have found 'no confirmed statistics, court cases, or studies to support the idea that serious satanic cult crime even exists'...There is, however, plenty of evidence to show that not adopting cats of whatever color from shelters will cost them their lives."

As someone deeply committed to animal rescue, I personally understand why people would have discomfort around this issue. Regardless of evidence, the concept of animal abuse is scary. However, the fact of the matter is, black cats need more homes. Rescues and shelters can, and do, work very hard to screen and follow-up with adopters, and to implement policies that are effective AND educate the public. I support any effort to find loving homes for animals in need. The alternative is that these cats die in the shelter. Now THAT outcome sounds idiotic to me.

I hope this event is a great success for Barrington Animal Control.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Report this

If a tree falls in the forrest, and one hears it, did it happen? I know that I am paraohrasing, but really, this has been going on for years, and just because you state one study, does that justify having an event like this? Look at the numbers of animals cruelty that have made the news. do you think that people who do these things advertise it or is it done in the privacy of their own homes?

If it was your life, you are willing to gamble with, I say Go For It. But since these aniamls have no vice, except ours, I would say dont gamble with their lives. They can't testify as to what happens to them. There was a cat hung in Rumford 2 years ago, we just rescued a cat that was shot b a gun, a kitten (black) thrown from a moving truck, in front of a school, when the kids were being let out for maximun "impct' so, dont site some dumb study. I get to see what goes on each and every day. This is stupid! This shoudl be stopped. This shows carelessness and a complete disregard of what can and does happen to black cats, not in your study, but right here in Rhode island. Get into the trenches and then give us you're opinioin based on personal experience. Not Pie in The Sky!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Report this

It is exactly those cats on the street that are at risk of being harmed or tortured--or simply dying of exposure or starvation. To adopt a cat from a shelter, you have to fill out a form and provide ID. Often there is a landlord check for renters. Someone who wants to torture a cat doesn't want to do that. They'll get a free kitten off Craigslist from a person who doesn't think to ask for ID or more likely just kick the poor stray that shows up on their porch. If a cat gets adopted from a shelter, there is space for another stray cat to be saved. Shelters can't keep warehousing, or killing, cats in their shelters to keep them "safe." Dead or caged for months (or years) is not safe.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Report this

Hey Susan: wh bother to go to Craigslist when you can go to Barrington and get them for FREE!! No rehoming charges there!! Let me ask you a question: do you work within the rescue groups or a shelter? I'll wager the answer is no.

If you did you would not be supporting this horrible event!!

I have been in recue for 17 years and I am telling you this is a bad idea. Check with any of the other rescues, shelters, call Warwick, West warwick, Cumberland, Bristol and see what you get for an answer. I promise you, it will be the same as mine: Outrage!! Disgust!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Report this
Barrington PAW

For our friends in the rescue & shelter community. Barrington Partnership fir Animal Welfare wants to make it clear this is a Barrington ACO event - NOT a BPAW Enent. Fir the nearly 5 years that our volunteers handled adoptions for former ACO John Duffy every adopter was very carefully screened & follow up happened. Applications & fees were of course part of the process. Thank you to all of the RI & MA rescues & shelters who helped support us in setting up those systems. We know only what anyone else reading the paper does about today's event & sincerely hope that good,loving homes will be found for these stray cats who so need a safe place to go! We have no doubt that the ACO & others who organized the event are well intentioned & just want good homes for the cats & we hope that's the outcome.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Report this
Barrington PAW

P.s. Don't mind the typos in the prior message...combo of iPhone autofill & overuse of fingers responding to folks concerned about the event!

Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Report this

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