Halloween is coming! Hide your black cats! Concern about a skinny horse

Halloween is coming! Hide your black cats! Concern about a skinny horse

Is it true that black cats are in danger around Halloween? I’ve heard that shelters shouldn’t adopt them out during October. Should I be worried about my own black cat?

The good news is that most animal welfare organizations and shelters consider this to be a myth. There just isn’t enough factual information to support the idea that nefarious people are adopting black cats and using them in cruel rituals or as costume accessories only to abandon them later. No reason to delay adoptions and keep animals in shelters any longer than necessary. For your own cat, we do believe that it is always safer to keep cats indoors to protect them from cars, predators and other misadventures.

I live out in the country and my neighbor has a horse. I don’t know much about horses, but this one seems very thin to me. Can Animal Services help?

If you know your neighbor, it makes sense to ask them first about how their horse is doing. Sometimes older horses or those with medical conditions may be difficult to keep weight on. However, if you have reason to be concerned about their welfare, you can contact Animal Services. You will need to provide your full contact information and an address for the property. An officer will review the information and contact the owner to learn more about the situation and provide information and resources as needed to help ensure the horse’s health.


Each month, you will have the chance to have your questions answered by the animal shelter. Email your questions to Jennifer_Keene@co.washington.or.us and we will try to answer as many as possible.

For more information on these topics and more, please visit www.WashingtonCountyPets.com. The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located in downtown Hillsboro at 1901 SE 24th Ave