As black cats are snubbed around Halloween, a charity urges 'bring black that lovin' feline'

PUBLISHED: 06:25 31 October 2012

A black cat

A black cat

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AS much symbols of Halloween as a witches on their broomsticks, black cats have been variously lauded as bringers of good luck, and slandered as the harbingers of bad omens, in folklore throughout history.

But in modern times it seems the luckless felines are more snubbed than loved.

That is according to the Welwyn Hatfield district branch of Cats Protection, which wants to rehabilitate the one-time witches’ familiars, and make them cared-for household pets.

A spokeswoman for the organisation said: “People seem to be more taken with torties, tabbies and other colours - perhaps due to a perception that variety adds spice.”

She added: “Although it’s lovely to see these cats finding their forever homes, it’s sad to see black cats left waiting in the wings.

“They make up about 23 per cent of all the cats in Cats Protection’s care and each one waits around a week longer to be rehomed than the average cat.”

Now the charity is encouraging people to upload pictures and stories of their own black cats on the branch’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter (links are at the top right of this story) and to change their social media avatars to a specially designed black cat version.

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