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Sawyer was adopted from the Alexandria Animal Shelter on Friday the 13th, 2010. The shelter was having a special — black cats were only $13. Alexandria’s shelter — and many around the country — have a hard time getting black cats adopted. According to a study by UC Berkeley, people still fall prey to old and erroneous superstitions. Black cats, therefore, are far more likely to be euthanized.Sawyer is very sweet, velvety soft and is one of the friendliest cats we’ve ever had. If we are going to believe any superstitions, we’ll go with the Scottish (Alexandria is after all a Scottish town) that a black cat in your home symbolizes prosperity. In Japan, black cats are considered good luck and if you live in the English Midlands, people there give black cats as wedding presents as a sign of good fortune. I hope more people will consider adopting a black cat.— Laura Fries

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