25 OCTOBER 2018

Animal charity Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has released new figures ahead of National Black Cat Day (27 October) that reveal that almost half of all cats brought in to their rescue centres so far this year have been black. The unwanted cats make up 43% of all feline admissions to Battersea, compared to other single-coloured cats which are far less likely to be brought in to a rescue centre, such as ginger, who accounted for only 7% of Battersea’s cats in 2017.

National Black Cat Day celebrates the often-overlooked black cat whilst dispelling myths about these lovely animals. In the past rescue charities including Battersea have found it trickier to find new homes for black cats than any other colour and believe several myths are to blame. Traditionally black cats have been believed to bring bad luck and haven’t been viewed as favourably as their more colourful counterparts.

Rob Young, Head of Catteries at Battersea said: “We get cats of all shapes, sizes and colours here at Battersea and every single one of them has their own unique personality. Some people believe that black cats all look the same or that they do not look as good in photographs and will therefore overlook them in favour of a Tabby or Tortoiseshell. All cats deserve a second chance and we hope that anyone planning to adopt will consider changing a black cat’s luck and give it a loving home.”

On any given day, Battersea cares for approximately 200 cats across three different sites in London, Kent and Windsor and on average it will take 22 days for each of these cats to find a loving, new home. The wait for some cats can be much longer though including wonderful black cats who are patiently waiting to be adopted by a new family. Current black cats waiting to be loved include twelve-year-old Tiger-Lily, a petite, affectionate cat who has been residing at Battersea’s Cattery for 48 days, more than twice the average length of stay; the young and adventurous Poppy, this eighteen-month-old can currently be found at the centre in Brands Hatch; loving lap-cat Terry who has been at the cattery in Old Windsor for 52 days now and would very much like to join a new family soon; and four-year-old Django, a young cat with a big heart and a little tail.

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Notes to editors

  • Battersea is here for every dog and cat, and has been since 1860. Since it was founded over 150 years ago, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • We believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need.
  • In 2017, Battersea helped over 7,000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 300 dogs and 200 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is 38 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
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