With the magic of Halloween upon us, one RSPCA centre is appealing to local people to consider adopting one of the many bewitching black cats in their care.
In UK folklore, black cats symbolise good luck, yet sadly in reality they are not so lucky.
Black cat's aren't for witches
So this October staff and volunteers at our Gonsal Farm Animal Centre in Shropshire have launched a ‘Black Cat Awareness Month’ in a bid to find the not so lucky black felines new homes.
There are currently 52 cats at the centre – of those seven are pure black and a further 13 are black-and-white.
Kirsty Martuccio, cattery supervisor said:
We are making ‘Black Cat Awareness Month’ an annual feature at Gonsal as sadly people still seem to be put off taking on black and black-and-white cats.
We really are puzzled as to why this still happens, but we hope this awareness event will get the message out there that people should never judge a cat by its colour but instead look at its personality first.
With Halloween around the corner, we are hoping to get our black cats some positive publicity and stamp out the 'witch's cat' label they seem to have been given!
Meet the black cats in need of new homes
Among the black cats looking for new homes is Arnold who has been at the centre for almost six months.
Arnold is approximately seven-years-old and staff say he is a delight to have around and a real darling.
Also looking for a new home is Jet who is very playful and would thrive in a family home.
And finally there is the very handsome Pipistrelle. He is described as a very chatty young boy with heaps of personality.
If you can see past the black cat stereotype and would like to give one of these beautiful cats a new home contact Gonsal Farm Animal Centre on 0300 123 0753 or email: GonsalFarm@rspca.org.uk
Adopt a cat from the RSPCA
All our animal centres and branches are currently full to the brim with cats desperately looking for new homes.
- Use our pet search to find animals for adoption in your area.
- Or check out our special appeals which feature long-stay animals who are being overlooked by potential owners through no fault of their own.