Cats Protection held its annual National Black Cat Day last week to encourage more people to adopt unwanted black moggies.
Following the success of last year’s black cat campaign, the charity aims to raise awareness of the plight of black cats which tend to lose out on homes to more colourful varieties.
The UK’s leading feline welfare charity currently has around 1,300 black cats in its care and says that homes are far less easy to find for black cats than other felines.
“People seem to be more taken with torties, tabbies and other colours – perhaps due to a perception that variety adds spice,” said Danielle Draper, Manager at Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre in Sussex.
“Although it’s lovely to see these cats finding their forever homes, it’s sad to see black cats left waiting in the wings. They make up about 23 per cent of all the cats in Cats Protection’s care and each one waits around a week longer to be rehomed than the average cat.”
To raise awareness the charity is encouraging people to upload pictures and stories of their own black cats, and to change their social media avatars to a specially designed black cat version.
Supporters will also be encouraged to share photos of themselves transformed into black cats on the Cats Protection’s social media sites. This is a call to get creative by dressing up, using face paints or wearing the downloadable black cat mask – and then get snapping!
The South Ayrshire Branch is hoping prospective owners will choose the spookiest time of year to adopt their very own lucky charm, with two friendly felines, Dawn and Dusk, looking for a forever home this Halloween.
South Ayrshire Cats Protection said: “We don’t know why they seem to be less popular than other colours but we have many black cats at the moment and would love to see them find new homes. Since they are considered to be lucky, giving one a second chance could bring good fortune to you both!”
To find out more about the campaign or to adopt a black cat, please log on to www.cats.org.uk/black-cats or call the charity’s helpline on 03000 12 12 12.
Source - Cat’s Protection Media Office