The Blue Cross animal rehoming centre in West End is looking for new homes for their black cats some of whom were abandoned for not being photogenic

Blue Cross staff Katy Trout, Ruth Saunders and Kirsty Smith with the moggies

Blue Cross staff Katy Trout, Ruth Saunders and Kirsty Smith with the moggies

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FOR some they’re the purrfect pet to have crossing your path.

But for others the poor black cat brings bad luck, a bad atmosphere and perhaps more crucially, bad selfies.

Historically the unfortunate felines have faced discrimination, with many people believing they are involved in witchcraft and take trial and tribulation with them wherever they go.

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Blue Cross worker Kirsty Smith takes a selfie with Lady the cat

But now the RSPCA has suggested that a new generation are biased against the poor pets for a much more superficial reason – they don’t look as good in selfies.

However, the Blue Cross animal rehoming centre in West End is on a mission to change all that and prove beauty is more than fur deep with the launch of their black cat selfie campaign.

Currently black-coloured moggies account for 22 per cent of the 76 cats being cared for at the shelter in Bubb Lane.

Staff will be showcasing the photogenic side of their cats online in the hope that the myth of a bad selfie can be dispelled.

Animal welfare assistant Kirsty Smith said: “People think they all look the same and sometimes you get people who are scared of them.

“Some people can be strange in the reasons they give for bringing them in.

“In our eyes they are all beautiful.”

Kirsty posed for a selfie with Lady, who is hoping someone will look past the colour of her fur and give her a loving home.

The four-year-old cat arrived at the rehoming centre in West End in May and has been there for 60 days, nearly double the 30-day average.

Staff say she is a lovely pet, and cannot understand why she has not yet found a home.

Anyone who would like to offer a home to Lady or another cat can call 0300 777 1530.

  • Send us your 'picture purrfect' pet selfies by email to picdesk@dailyecho.co.uk along with your name, your pet's name and where you are from.

And anyone having fun in the sun can send us their summer selfies to the same address or upload them to your computer and send them to our Facebook page at facebook.com/dailyecho.

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4:33pm Fri 1 Aug 14

wilson castaway says...

I have a black cat with green eyes and my opinion is that she is the most beautiful and elegant cat I've ever seen.Very loving and never strays far from the back garden.Sometimes I walk her round the graveyard.My parents always said I was a witch.
I have a black cat with green eyes and my opinion is that she is the most beautiful and elegant cat I've ever seen.Very loving and never strays far from the back garden.Sometimes I walk her round the graveyard.My parents always said I was a witch. wilson castaway
  • Score: 5

4:50pm Fri 1 Aug 14

debzy82 says...

What a stupid reason for abandoning! Black cats are just as lovely as any other cat. I would love one?
What a stupid reason for abandoning! Black cats are just as lovely as any other cat. I would love one? debzy82
  • Score: 8

12:07am Sat 2 Aug 14

sparkster says...

I have never heard of anything so pathetic, animals are beautiful regardless of their colour, some people arent fit to have animals, they need to grow up and get a life
I have never heard of anything so pathetic, animals are beautiful regardless of their colour, some people arent fit to have animals, they need to grow up and get a life sparkster
  • Score: 5

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