Do Pets Bring Good Fortune?

Many cultures consider various animals to be especially lucky.

To provide protection and good luck, a practitioner of Feng Shui might recommend that you place a pair of Fu Dog statues near your front door. The Chinese zodiac includes the dog and those born in the Year of the Dog are thought to be blessed with the positive attributes of loyalty, determination and compassion. When you win big, someone might say “you lucky dog!”

Old American folklore holds that seeing a white cat, even in your dreams, symbolizes good luck on the way. Should you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb, stamp it in your palm and make a wish—virtually guaranteeing that your wish will come true.

One of the most charming lucky pet stories comes from Japanese folklore; the legend of the Maneki Neko, which translates to beckoning cat. According to the legend, back in the days of old, there was a very poor priest who lived in a rundown temple. He shared what little food he had with his beloved cat, Tama.

One day, a wealthy man was caught in a sudden downpour as he was passing by the temple. He took refuge under a tree. It was then that he spotted the cat, Tama, who seemed to be beckoning him with her paw. Could that be? He had never seen such a thing before so he left the shelter of the tree to take a closer look at this most unusual cat. At that moment, the tree was struck by lightning.

Filled with gratitude for the cat had saved his life, the man provided generously for the priest and Tama, making the once-poor temple prosperous. Today, you might see Maneki Neko statues, a cat with one paw raised, in businesses. This image of Tama is said to bring good fortune and prosperity by beckoning customers.

Throughout August at Nevada Humane Society, we are celebrating the good luck that pets can bring us. We’ve made the cut to become one of 50 shelters nationwide that are part of the $100,000 Adoption Challenge and by adopting now, you will help us reach our adoption goal and win needed funds for the animals. You’ll also become the recipient of the truly good fortune of sharing your life with a pet.  


Adopt a Lucky Pet at Nevada Humane Society and get a free buffet dinner at the Peppermill Resort Spa and a chance to win a luxury stay-cation. Pet adoption fees are just $7 for adult cats, $21 for adult dogs, $40 for kittens. Visit NHS 7 days a week at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno from 11 am to 6:30 pm. Open at 10 am on Saturdays.


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