Cats Protection is urging people to “paws” for thought and show their support for National Black Cat Day (October 30).

Black cats can take up to a week longer to re-home.

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 photo shoot.

“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 photo shoot, as well as becoming the “poster cat” for future rehoming appeals. 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 visit or telephone the charity’s helpline on 03000 12 12 12.

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