THE city’s Cats Protection branch is holding its annual National Black Cat Day today (Thursday) to encourage more people to adopt unwanted black cats.
The charity aims to raise awareness of the plight of black cats which tend to lose out on homes to more colourful varieties.
Nationally, Cats Protection currently has around 1,300 black cats in its care and says that homes are difficult to find for them.
Marie Gillin, Milton Keynes branch coordinator, said: “People seem to be more taken with torties, tabbies and other colours.
“Although it’s lovely to see these cats finding their forever homes, it’s sad to see black cats left behind. They make up about 23 per cent of all the cats in Cats Protection’s care and each one waits longer to be rehomed than the average cat.”
Two of the black cats currently looking for forever homes in Milton Keynes are Freda and Ruby.
Freda, pictured bottom right, is a two-year-old black female who was found scavenging food from rubbish bins. She is friendly and affectionate but hates other cats with a passion so would have to be an only cat.
Ruby, top right, is a small, three-year-old black female who has been living indoors for the past three years as an only pet, so a home where there are no other cats or dogs would be best for her. She would also like to be able to go outdoors, although she will be nervous and find it all rather strange at first.
To raise awareness for National Black Cat Day, the charity is encouraging people to upload pictures and stories of their own black cats on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catsprotection 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 same online platforms. This is a call to get creative by dressing up, using face paints or wearing the downloadable black cat mask – and then get snapping.
To adopt a black cat contact Milton Keynes & District Cats Protection on 01908 318810 or visit www.cats.org.uk/milton-keynes or social media sites at Facebook www.facebook.com/MiltonKeynesDistrictCatsProtection and Twitter www.twitter.com/CPMiltonKeynes