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Black cats have long had to contend with unfair myths and stereotypes that unfortunately prevent them from finding the forever homes they deserve. Despite being just as lovable and well-natured as any other cat, many still see black cats as representing bad luck and are therefore “less adoptable.” If this stigma wasn’t bad enough, now black cats have to deal with yet another perceived notion…

The Moggery Centre in Bristol, UK says that they have an astonishing 40 black cats in their care because perspective adopters think darker felines photograph poorly. Yep, you read that right, black cats aren’t getting adopted because they supposedly don’t look good in selfies. WHAT!?

Christine Bayka founded The Moggery Centre 21 years ago and believes the situation has only gotten worse for black cats with the rise of social media. “Now everybody wants to take selfies and put them on Facebook. It’s a very narcissistic use of social media,” said Christine.

“It happens all the time, I will go through all the questions and say ‘are you flexible about color?’ Then they will say, ‘yes, as long as it’s not black,’ said Christine

The Bristol Moggery Rehoming Centre/Facebook

In an effort to help black cats, The Moggery Centre is offering free spay and neutering to all of the cats to help get them adopted. 

The Bristol Moggery Rehoming Centre/Facebook

Amy Buckle manager of the Last Chance Animal Rescue Centre echoes Christine’s thoughts. “Even when we have a litter of all black kittens, as soon as you have a fluffy ginger kitten, that’s it – people don’t want to know about the black cats,” said Amy

The Bristol Moggery Rehoming Centre/Facebook

 

Not adopting a perfectly friendly, playful, and affectionate cat because they are black and supposedly don’t show up well in photos is dumbfounding. (Not to mention, we have TONS of photographic proof that black cats are stunning in photos.) With the pet homelessness problem reaching unparalleled numbers, we must do all we can to help ALL animals. In the United States alone, there are about 70 million stray animals. Of those 70 million, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year.

Please always adopt (and consider a black cat!) next time you are looking for a feline friend. Choosing to adopt helps not only reduce the homeless pet population, as well as free up more space in a shelter for other animals who desperately need itFostering an animal is another great way to help animals in need!

If you agree that black cats are gorgeous and look great in selfies, please SHARE this article to help raise awareness about this important issue!

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0 comments on “WTH?! Adopted Black Cats Are Being Abandoned Because They Don’t ‘Look Good in Selfies’”

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Jovy Jergens
21 Days ago

I have never heard of anything so self-serving and heartless. What superficial bottom feeders to abandon a living being because they don\'t take good pix or match the new decor. Disgusted beyond expression. What self-absorption and diseased ego!


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Muriel Servaege
23 Days ago

All our cats were street cats but I have always found them beautiful. We have now two cats, a grey one and a black one and I also find the black one lovely.


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KatWrangler WELCH
23 Days ago

We love every one of our cats - past and present. We\'ve had every color of cat there is.
I can\'t believe some people are so shallow and self-absorbed to do something like this.

Black cats are wonderful! People - not so much.


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Ruth Ludgater
23 Days ago

I have an adopted black and white cat. He is affectionate and sweet. And I totally agree - Black cats are gorgeous!!!


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Dagmar L. Anders
23 Days ago

Black cats are my favorites.


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Connie Larsen
23 Days ago

This make me to adopt black cats more, for i has already thinking adopting one in some quiet time from a shelter.


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Chessie
23 Days ago

This enrages me. If you are that selfish and superficial, please get a pet rock instead of any kind of living pet.


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KatWrangler WELCH
01 Feb 2018

Same here. Like black cats don\'t have enough crap to deal with.

Kathy
24 Days ago

Selfish people make selfies. They don\'t deserve the love and devotion from a black cat!! I have several black cats (all rescued from the street, spay/neutered, etc.) and they all have personality PLUS!! There are more important things in life than constantly taking a photo of yourself. Grow up!


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Patricia Dumais
24 Days ago

Black cats are the best! I have always had at least one. Of all my cats they are the most intuitive – they may like lots of time to themselves but if you are feeling down you can bet they will come by and comfort you. As for them not looking good in selfies, its about time people give up this narcisistic juvenile selfie nonsense. Witness all the animals around the world that are abused for selfies or have even died (dolphins)!


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Toree Warfield
24 Days ago

I believe it...I\'ve heard people say they don\'t like black cats. I have two, and it\'s true, they show up as black blobs in phone pix, unless their eyes are open! I love my black kitties, they are beautiful to me, even if it\'s difficult to get the perfect shot (unless I break out the REAL camera). We can\'t save the world but we can inform and educate...one person at a time.


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KatWrangler WELCH
01 Feb 2018

We have pictures of our housepanther October/Toby, and if you choose the right background they show up pretty well.

Question: I\'m curious - why do you have backslashes in your grammar contractions. I\\\'ve It\\\'s Don\\\'t
Never saw that before.



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