Particularly around Halloween, black cats can conjure feelings of fright. Their reputation as broomstick familiars has some of us spooked, and according to a local charity, left many felines without a home.
There are approximately 8.5 million cats in the UK, however, each year thousands of black cats are overlooked for adoption as they are often seen as “less desirable” than others.
According to RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid and Lincoln branch, potential adopters often perceive black cats to be ‘unlucky’ or ‘ugly’ compared to other, more colourful varieties.
The RSPCA Lincoln branch currently have 30 purr-fect cats waiting for adoption, many of them black or black and white.
Amy Clarkson, trustee at the Lincolnshire Mid and Lincoln Branch said: “In our branch at the moment, we have over 30 cats who are looking for homes, with quite a few of these cats and kittens being all black, or black and white. The stigma surrounding these cats is so strong, we’ve recently had people enquire about available cats, and turn away once they’re told we have a black or black and white cat available. It’s actually quite sad to hear.
“Please think of how beautiful black cats can be too – they are certainly the most majestic, and also most magical looking cats around, and on top of that, they all seem to have brilliant personalities.
“At the moment, we have many black kittens in our care – like beautiful kitten, Morticia (aptly named for this time of the year!) who is looking for a home of her own.
“But it’s not just the black cats who have a stigma around them; sadly, we are seeing more and more resistance to adopting black and white cats too – like Jasper and Jessibel, who are looking for a home where they can be rehomed together.”
If you can help out and adopt a black cat, please contact Ruskington Kennels on 01526 833977. Alternatively the kennels are open for viewings between 10-12 and 2-4 seven days a week.