Rivercities Animal Shelter in Monroe isn't taking any chances adopting out it's black cats. They say it all comes down to the safety of the animals.
Shelter workers say they decided to do the ban years ago after they feared that people would use the cats for Halloween rituals.
They were also worried that centuries of frightening tales would influence people to harm the cats.
Myths like black cats bring bad luck and they are evil have given black cats a bad reputation. And that reputation may have caused harm to a rescued cat a few years ago.
"We actually took in a little kitten a few years ago after Halloween. It had been injured and we feel like it had been abused on Halloween," says Mary Bonnett, of Rivercities Animal Shelter.
The shelter will reopen black cat adoptions in November.