A cat rescue shelter in Bishopston, Bristol, says all their remaining cats are black – because they don’t get adopted. According to them, potential adopters don’t choose these kitties because they don’t look good in selfies.
They currently have 40 cats ready for adoption and not one of them is tabby or ginger.
According to Christine Bayka, founder of The Moggery, black cats are being rejected not because of superstitious belief or bad luck. The 67-year-old cat lover says black cats are being abandoned because some owners think darker felines photograph badly and so don’t look good in selfies.
Bayka said that the situation has worsened since she started the cat rehoming center more than two decades ago.
“It’s worse now because black cats don’t show up in selfies.”
“Now everybody wants to take selfies and put them on Facebook. It’s a very narcissistic use of social media.
“It happens all the time, I will go through all the questions and say ‘are you flexible about colour?’ Then they will say, ‘yes, as long as it’s not black.’
“It’s an increasing problem, it wasn’t like this 20 years ago.”
“Over 20 years of having difficulty rehoming black cats, it’s definitely got harder because of selfies.”
Another cat rescue group echoed this and said black cats are always the last to be picked up by prospective owners because they want a pet that would “look better” on Instagram and Facebook.
The branch manager at the Last Chance Animal Rescue Center, Amy Buckle, said that she currently has five black cats out of 12 that she’s caring.
“We always have the most difficulty rehoming black cats.”
“Even when we have a litter of all black kittens, as soon as you have a fluggy ginger kitten, that’s it – people don’t want to know about the black cats.”
“I don’t know if it’s because people don’t think they look as pretty in photos – it could well be. It’s a real shame.”
“People do these days seem caught up in taking photos and putting them on Facebook and Instagram, and they want almost a model animal that they can put across social media.”
“It does leave the black cats ignored for some reason. It seems people find them boring.”
“When people come in to meet the cats quite often they will just bypass and walk straight past the black cats to a fluffy, ginger cat.”
“It’s really, really sad.”
The Moggery will set up a program during the “kitten season” (between April and September) to encourage black cat owners in the area to take their kitties to be neutered. It will be a charity event and the group will cover the cost to prevent more unwanted black kittens being born.
“We are trying to get people to neuter their black cats in February. It’s important young black cats are neutered before they get any big ideas.”
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