‘Unlucky’ black cats hope for happier Halloween
Homeless black cats and kittens at The Blue Cross animal adoption centre in Felixstowe are hoping for a change of luck this Halloween, as many are being sadly overlooked by visitors.
Traditionally associated with witches and all things Halloween, black cats are often the subject of superstitions which might be stopping people adopting them. Whatever the reasons, black cats certainly seem to have people spooked.
Leading animal charity The Blue Cross has taken in 892 homeless and unwanted black cats across the UK in the last 12 months, compared to 775 the previous year – a huge 15% rise.
There are currently six homeless black cats being cared for at the Felixstowe centre, three of which were handed in this month alone. But two-year-old Zach has been looking for a home for a long five months – five times longer than average. Described as loveable and active, he is desperate for a family to call his own this Halloween.
Clare Williamson, deputy manager for The Blue Cross in Felixstowe, who adopted her own black cat Bear from the centre two years ago, said: “It’s so sad when you see black cats being overlooked time and time again for the other colours. We do our best to keep them happy at the centre but it’s not the same as having a home of their own. Zach and the others are such little characters and would make wonderful pets, so why not give them a second chance this Halloween?”
One young cat who has enjoyed some good luck this week is 18-month-old Jet who finally went to a home yesterday (27 October) after a record 215 days at the centre – six times the average stay. If you can help give another deserving animal a loving home, please contact the centre on 0300 777 1480 or visit www.bluecross.org.uk.
The Blue Cross helps thousands of sick and homeless animals every year, funded entirely by public donations. Visit the website to find out how you can help, or keep up with all the latest news for your local centre on Facebook at www.bluecross.org.uk/felixstowefacebook.