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A lot of people are afraid of adopting black cats. Here are 5 adorable ones that you could get.

These adorable pictures will make you want to adopt a black cat ... right meow.

A lot of people are afraid of adopting black cats. Here are 5 adorable ones that you could get.

The Black Cat Project started with a kitten named Imogen.

Casey Christopher adopted Imogen from the West Los Angeles animal shelter last December. She fell so in love that she decided to volunteer regularly at the shelter, too.

Then she noticed something sad: Black cats weren't getting adopted as frequently as other cats. There's actual research about this. 13% of Americans think black cats are bad luck and 26% said color matters when deciding which cat to adopt.


So since she's also a photographer, Casey started taking photos of these adorable black balls of kitten fluff.

"With this photo series, I tried to showcase their personalities to counter the belief that black cats are bad luck," she said.

Meet Midnight. All photos provided by Casey and used with permission. Keep scrolling to see more adorableness.

“There are almost always a lot of black cats and kittens available at the West LA animal shelter, and with Halloween coming up, I wanted to do something to promote them," Casey told Upworthy.

"Black cats and kittens tend to take longer to be adopted and it's very sad to see new cats come and go while the black cats are still waiting for forever homes."

Casey's photos, like the cats themselves, definitely stand out.

Take, for example, this photo of Eloise.

Casey says that Eloise is one of her favorite kittens at the LA shelter.

"She is such a cuddle bug and is very friendly," Casey gushes. "I got to name her and she's gorgeous and will be the perfect lap cat for someone."

Or this snapshot of Onyx, another beautiful black cat from the West LA animal shelter.

Casey says that of the 329 cats in city animal shelters in LA, 101 are black (she counted). This can happen for many reasons, one of which is the myth that black cats are bad luck.

Casey also launched this project in hopes of getting other people involved with shelter work.

"I want people to know that they should try to volunteer at their local animal shelter. It's really fun and rewarding and it feels good when you help get a cat adopted," Casey told Upworthy.

Plus, volunteering means you'll have the chance to play with cats like Frank...

... or you can hang out with Marissa.

At some shelters, you can even volunteer to foster young kitties who typically can't be adopted officially until they're eight weeks old.

Thank you, Casey, for showing the world that black cats are feisty, sweet, affectionate, and ready for their forever homes!

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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