Along with inspiring moviegoers to perfect their Wakanda Forever pose, Black Panther is also seemingly leading to a spike in black cat adoptions. According to one Tumblr user, animal shelters in her community have seen a dramatic influx of people interested in the ~cursed~ pets.
"Unexpected benefit of Black Panther: my local pet shelters went from having something like 50-60 black cats between them to having NONE because they’ve all been adopted out and named after the characters," the user wrote on the microblogging platform. “T’challa is the most popular, but there are a fair number of Okoyes and Shuris as well." They also jokingly added, "And one very confused Elderly Humane Society Volunteer wondering why someone would name such a sweet cat Killmonger."
While it's definitely good news to see black cats going to their forever homes, as studies have shown to have the lowest adoption rates due to their association with bad luck and witchcraft, the user reassures readers that the felines are going to good homes — and not likely to be returned.
"For everyone in the comments worried about the cats being abandoned after the 'fad’ fades… I live in Durango, CO, and the shelters are SUPER small so they do their best to make sure people are really ready to take a pet home for good," the user explained before listing the requirements needed to take a black cat home, including a checklist of supplies required and an extensive questionnaire.
"According to Mary, who runs the cattery, these cats are mostly being adopted to people who were looking to adopt a cat in general, then see the black kitties and go “LIKE BLACK PANTHER” and take them home, so for once, black cats are being adopted first," they enthusiastically noted. To date, Black Panther has grossed over $700 million in box office sales since its release on Feb. 16.
Now, if only we could fly to Wakanda… oh, wait!