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Black cat Lucky gets lucky by finding elusive home just in time for Halloween

Luckily, a little kitten named Lucky got lucky just in time for Halloween after the black cat was adopted following years of being overlooked.

Black cats aren’t exactly at the top of list when it comes to being adopted for reasons of superstition and because it can be harder to notice darker fur at a shelter.

In Virginia’s Arlington County, a robust trap-neuter-release program allows neighbours and shelter workers to use humane traps to collect community cats, Today.com reported.

These cats are spayed or neutered by a veterinarian and then released back into the community since they typically won’t do well inside a home.

When moms have babies, like Lucky, they can enter the Kitten College foster program at Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Ideally, kittens such as Lucky have the chance to socialize with humans before they’re six weeks old.

When Lucky entered the Kitten College last August, he was three to four weeks old and weighed just .54 kilograms.

He thrived in foster care, but when he was ready for adoption at eight weeks old he had trouble finding a home.

Lucky, whose tabby brothers and sisters were adopted first, was the only black cat in his litter.

At the end of September, a family finally adopted Lucky.

Three days later, the family returned Lucky, saying having a kitten was more work than they’d anticipated.

Lucky was placed in a shelter where he got a roommate who was light-coloured with bright green eyes.

The roommate got adopted and Lucky next partnered with a gorgeous Siamese mix, who was also adopted instead of Lucky.

Then Lucky got lucky when Baltimore residents Caitlyn Hart, 24, and her fiance, Ben Owens, 25, decided to adopt their first pet together.

The couple chose Lucky because they like black cats and he seemed a little mischievous.

“The adoption process is what the special part is because I’m also adopted,” Hart told TODAY. “My parents are the most amazing things in the entire world. So now to give back — granted, it’s not a child, but he feels like our little child … It comes full circle for me in a really special way.”

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