Be on the prowl for a black cat

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People are being encouraged to find a place in their hearts for unwanted black or black and white cats this Thursday.

Cats Protection’s Milton Keynes & District branch is holding its annual National Black Cat Day on October 31 to hoping people can help to rehome a new pet.

Following the success of last year’s black cat campaign, the charity is asking people to ‘paws’ for thought when adopting and think about the plight of black cats that tend to lose out on homes to more colourful felines.

Currently the Milton Keynes branch has over 65 cats and kittens looking for homes and Cats Protection nationally are currently looking after more than 6,200 cats. Around half of these are black or black and white and on average each of these cats waits around a week longer than other moggies to be rehomed.

MK Branch co-ordinator, Marie Gillin, said: “Once favoured by storytellers in tales of magic and witchcraft, black cats have developed an undeserved bad reputation that is still bubbling away.

“However, at Cats Protection we are standing up for the ‘under-cat’ and asking people to remember that fur colour is only skin deep and to consider taking a black cat into their home.”

If you want to get involved with the many other activities and celebrations of black and black-and-white cats, please log on to www.cats.org.uk/get-involved/national-black-cat-day

To find out more about the campaign or to adopt a black or black-and-white cat, visit: www.mkcats.org.uk or www.facebook.com/MiltonKeynesDistrictCatsProtection email: info@mkcats.org.uk or call: 01908 318810