Quizzing for Brains on Black Cat Day
06 October 2020
This Black Cat Day (27 October), the National Cat Adoption Centre is inviting supporters to celebrate the success of the annual event while raising vital funds for the centre.
Cat-lovers in Sussex have a lot to celebrate. Ten years after Black Cat Day was started, black cats are no longer overlooked as they once were. Thanks to increased awareness, as well as the explosion of some myths, on average black cats now spend 11 days less in the charity’s care before being rehomed than they did 10 years ago.
Celebrating and raising the profile of black and black-and-white cats has been the focus for Cats Protection every 27 October. Improvements in homing rates have prompted a shift in direction and this year the day is about celebration.
This year's virtual event will be an important opportunity for the NCAC to raise vital funds for cats like ten-week-old black kitten Brains.
Brains came into care with his five siblings – all named after characters from Thunderbirds - when their owners were moving and they were not able to have them in their new home. While in care, Brains and his litter mates will be fed and watered, kept safe and warm, and will go on to be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to being rehomed.
Details of Black Cat Day virtual event here:
Cats Protection created the UK version of Black Cat Appreciation Day in 2010 as a response to the discovery that black cats took longer to rehome than other cats in the charity’s care. Over 10 years the charity has explored reasons why that might be and worked to change adopter perceptions and buck the rehoming trend. Among the ideas challenged have been that black cats have been seen as unlucky, associated with the supernatural or are unphotogenic in selfies.
Around 65,000 black or black-and-white cats have been homed through Cats Protection’s adoption centres in the past 10 years, which is 44% of all the cats homed through the charity’s centres. However, it is over the past five years in particular that the difference in time it takes to home a black or black-and-white cat compared with other cats has most noticeably changed.
On average over the past 10 years, black or black-and-white cats have spent a total of 47 days in care from the point they were admitted to the day of their adoption. This has reduced by 21% to 36 days over the past five years which compares favourably with all cats in the charity’s centres.