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National Black Cat Day - Thursday 30th October 2014

10 October 2014
National Black Cat Day - Thursday 30th October 2014 The UK’s leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection, is urging people to ‘paws’ for thought and show their support for National Black Cat Day on Thursday 30 October.

Now in its fourth year, National Black Cat Day aims to raise awareness of the many unwanted black and black-and-white moggies in Cats Protection’s care, most of which wait around a week longer to be adopted than their more colourful counterparts.

To help raise awareness of the many black cats in need, the charity is encouraging people to enter its National Black Cat Day competition to win a professional photoshoot, which starts on Monday 6 October.

“Black and black-and-white cats make up around half of all the cats in our care – and sadly they wait much longer to find their forever home than the average cat,” said Gemma Smith, Cats Protection’s Digital Communications Officer. “They are just as loving and fun as torties and tabbies and will make the perfect addition to any home so now it’s time for us to stand up and show our support for them. If you love cats just as much as we do, why not consider adopting a black cat, entering our competition or taking part in our campaign.”

To enter the competition cat lovers are being asked to take a photo of their beloved black rescue cat and upload it to Cats Protection’s Facebook page, alongside their adoption story. The charity will shortlist its favourites and will be asking Facebook fans to get voting by liking their preferred selfie and story. The photo with the most votes will be crowned National Black Cat Day Champion and will win a professional photoshoot, as well as the honour of becoming the ‘poster cat’ for future rehoming appeals.

The fun doesn’t stop there, however, and there are many different ways to take part on and around the day. More information can be found on Cats Protection’s website, blog and social profiles and by following the #CPBlackCats and #BlackCatSelfie hashtags.

Those interested in adopting a black or black-and-white cat can log on to www.cats.org.uk/black-cats or call the charity’s helpline on 03000 12 12 12.

The Bedford, Biggleswade & District branch of Cats Protection have a number of black and black & white cats in their care at the moment who are looking for homes, please click on each cats name to see more details;

Meg
Affectionate black lady, approx 8 years old.
Deserves a warm loving home this coming winter after coming to us as a stray.

Timothy
Shy young black male looking for a home where he can stay together with his sister Adele.
Need an experienced owner who can gain their confidence and make them feel safe.

Nyla
Beautiful young black female who loves to play.
Wants a home as an only pet, and the chance to sit next to you for a fuss.

Emme and Kia
Lovely black and white females
Looking for a home where they can remain together.

Bertie
Shy young black male needs an adult only home so he can feel safe and secure and show what a lovely boy he is, currently still living with his brother Otis, who is also looking for a home.

Bas
Handsome black and white male, approx 4-5 years old.
Needs an indoor home with experienced owners to help him put his hard days as a stray behind him, and help him feel safe and loved again.

George
Sweet 5 month old black male.
Adorable little boy with a lot of love to give, currently living with his sisters Pepper & Bertha.

Coco, Cosmo, Bandit and Ted
Adorable litter of black kittens looking for forever homes

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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 91101825 741 911, at media.office@cats.org.uk or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

Notes to Editors:
 
1.The link for Cats Protection’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/catsprotection and the link to the charity’s Twitter is https://twitter.com
2.Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 194,000 cats each year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.
3. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland).
5. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
6. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk