Casey Christopher is working to capture the good side of black cats in California

Superstition says that black cats are bad luck, but really these rumors are just bad luck for them.

Because of this spooky rep, dark colored kitties can have trouble finding homes. Add to this, the fact that black cats are harder to photograph because their features don’t stand out as well on film, means these felines tend to get overlooked when animal lovers are searching for adoptable cats online.


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Casey Christopher is working to capture the good side of black cats in California. The Los Angeles-based photographer and video editor volunteers to take professional shots of black shelter kitties to help the meowers get adopted, reports

Christopher started the work last December after adopting her cat, Imogen, from the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter.

“Twice a week I visit the shelter and photograph anyone who needs a home for the [shelter’s] website,” Christopher said.


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“As of yesterday, there were 36 cats available for adoption at the West L.A. Animal Shelter and 10 of them were black,” she told Today. “A calico or an orange cat tends to get adopted fast, [while] the black cats just sit there.”

The photographer thinks black cats’s less photogenic fur is part of the problem. So for her shots, she uses a Nikon D4-800, external lighting, and editing software to lighten the photos. The results are stunningly sweet shots that capture each kitty’s personality.

It’s not all bad news for black cats. Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of research and development at The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said there is another reason you will catch more black cats in shelters.

“Black is a dominant genetic trait,” she said, “so there’s a better chance [a cat with the gene] will have a black coat color than another.”

Want to help a black feline find their forever? Visit the Black Cat Rescue’s website.