Published: 16:00, 30 July 2014 |
Updated: 16:14, 30 July 2014
New statistics revealed by the RSPCA have shown that a whopping 94 per cent of cats in some of its Kent branches are overlooked because they are black.
The plight of hard to rehome cats has hit the news this week after an owner admitted she had put up her black cat for rehoming because it didn't look good in photos.
Today, the Tunbridge Wells & Maidstone RSPCA has issued an urgent appeal to the public because it is bursting with beautiful black cats who need a new home.
There are a number of reasons for black cats being harder to rehome, ranging from the idea that black cats are harder to 'tell apart' than cats with more distinctive markings, black animals tend not to photograph as well as other markings - so people may not notice them on a website - and even the fact that there still is some superstitions around black cats.
Not only is it a national problem with black cats making up around 70 per cent of the felines in RSPCA care - but this number jumps to a whopping 94 per cent of cats at the Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone branch.
Katie Harris, a member of staff at the branch said: “The public simply choose not to visit when you say we only have black cats or come and ask where the other coloured kittens are.
“We had two mums give birth last week and one gave birth to five black kittens and the other had seven but four were black. We love them and want potential rehomers to as well."
Some of the black cats waiting for homes at the branch include a brain damaged black cat called Archie and a young kitten called Cooper- who has been hand reared by the dedicated branch workers even though they fear it will be hard to find him a home because of his colour.
To re-home a black cat please visit: http://www.rspca-tunbridgewellsandmaidstone.org.uk/
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.