Black cats are often associated with witches and bad luck, and it's that stigma that often sees them be the last to be adopted at rescue shelters. Which means because no one wants to give them a forever home they get euthanized.
It's a tragic situation but one that Los Angeles-based photographer Casey Elise is hoping to address with her portraits of black cats.
Elise began her love affair with photography when she got her first camera at 12 years old. But it was many years later after she started volunteering at the West Los Angeles animal shelter that she started doing pet photography.
Since then she's begun taking photos of animals at the shelter and others in L.A. and started the Black Cat Project.
"Black cats have the lowest adoption rates and the highest euthanasia rates." Elise writes on Bored Panda. "With this photo series, I tried to showcase their personalities to counter the belief that black cats are bad luck. Black cats are awesome and the Los Angeles shelters have plenty available for adoption this Halloween season."
You can check out some of her portraits of black cats (and other types of feline) below. Follow her on Instagram and check out her website for more of her work.