United States: The Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has dropped its ban on the adoption of black cats during October. The national American SPCA had stopped advising such a ban two years ago after they uncovered no evidence to support suggestions that black cats were under any additional danger in the run-up to Hallowe'en.
I've been checking with people in (the SPCA's) adoption and animal science departments and no, there hasn't been any instance where a witch ... did anything with these black cats,[Deborah] Sindell said.
There's really no evidence.
The executive director of Washington County Humane Society said that he had not seen a single case of adoption leading to torture during his 30 years' experience, and noted that an ill-doer would have a much better supply of animals to be cruel to:
Cats are readily available, free on the street. Those are the ones I'm more concerned about.
An anthropology professor questioned the very basis of the urban legend:
Legend says that a cat caught and killed at Halloween was especially powerful for a voodooist, Stevens said, but witches were said to share their powers with cats.
People who were fearful that the black cat was carrying evil - they might be the ones that mistreat the cat, not the witches themselves,Stevens said.
Ban on black cat adoptions at Halloween dropped—Capital News Service, 30th October 2003.