This is Petra - a 4 month old kitten at the shelter were mom volunteers.
She is super sweet, kind of tiny and sooooo soft!!!
Our friend JaneA wrote a great article on Catster about an ASPCA study about length of stay in shelters and reasons for adoptions. But it turns out their "black is not an issue" statement is based on dogs....while we think black dogs languish in shelters too, a lot of them are labs which is one of the most popular breed of dogs in the US.
Mom has volunteered long enough to say that yes - black animals DO take longer to get adopted. Not always, but is there is a litter of multi-colored kittens and black kittens, the other colors go first.
If the ASPCA wants to do an accurate study, here is mom's idea: find some open admission shelters that will share their numbers. Take the total intake and separate out by color (most shelters now use software that will let you do this easily enough). Then figure out the percent - of the total animals coming in, what percent is what color. Of those animals, how many make it to the adoption floor? What is the length of stay? THEN tell us that black cats don't spend longer in shelters.
Of course, mom says she tells people to pick by personality (though she was thrilled one night when a family came in and said they wanted the "right" cat but wanted a black one).