Southwestern College adopts new mascot from KS Humane Society

Published: Apr. 4, 2017 at 7:48 PM CDT
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From the Kansas Humane Society to a college mascot, a black cat was adopted Tuesday into a new home at a college basketball stadium.

Southwestern College Athletic Director Matt Shelton came to the Kansas Humane Society Tuesday to find a replacement for the school's unofficial mascot, a black cat named Jinx, who died last week.

Shelton believes the new "Jinx" adopted Tuesday is the ninth unofficial mascot for Southwestern in a tradition that has been around since the 1980's. It all started when a cat was used to combat a problem with mice at Stewart Fieldhouse where the Southwestern basketball teams play.

"Certainly our logo, and our graphic that we use, this particular Jinx was what we were looking for," Shelton says of the cat adopted Tuesday.

He may seems skittish now, but Shelton expects Jinx to warm up to his new home at Stewart Fieldhouse.

"We're looking for a cat that isn't afraid to come out before a basketball game, go in front of the opposing team, maybe put the fear of God in them," Shelton says. "It's just an interesting tradition that we hold very dear to our heart."

After the last "Jinx" died,Shelton says people had offered to donate a new cat. But school officials wanted to adopt instead.

You can find out more about the new "Jinx" and other potential pets up for adoption on the Kansas Humane Society at its