All 40 Cats At A Rescue Center Are Black

The story concerns a rescue centre in Bristol, UK. It is reported in the Times newspaper that for the first time all 40 of their cats left at the shelter are black because no one wants them.

The reporter puts down their lack of appeal to the fact that people cannot take good pictures of the cats to upload to social media. What they say is that when people adopt cats they want to take photographs of their cat; either selfies or straight photographs which they want to share with others. Black cats are indeed hard to photograph but this surely cannot be the reason why all 40 cats at the shelter are black. Black cats can in fact look stunning in photos provided you know what you are doing in terms of photo technique.

Look at these photos below taken by a variety of photographers:

The Times also speculates that their lack of appeal is not down the superstition. The administrators of the rescue center concerned, Moggery at Bishopston, tell us that the popularity of photo sharing websites such as Instagram is to blame for the culture of “any color but black” trend. The founder of this cat rescue organisation, Christine Bayka, 67, said that prospective owners wanted a pet that looked good in photographs. She says that it is a narcissistic use of social media. When she asks prospective adopters whether they are flexible about colour they respond by saying “Yes, as long as it’s not black”.

Another rescue center, Last Chance Animal Rescue, in new Romney, Kent, UK is also struggling to rehome black cats. There are seven at the rescue currently. She said:

“People seem caught up in taking photos and putting them on Facebook and Instagram and they want a model animal that they can put across social media.”

Comment: I’m not sure that they are completely correct to be perfectly honest. As mentioned, black cats are harder to photograph and people want to take photographs of their cat because they want to show off their cat on social media. Yes, I agree that but what they are implying is that black cats don’t look good and that other coat types and colours look better. The photos above disprove this.

The issue is that this goes back to the same, age-old, problem that people in general dislike the colour of black cats. They want something more flashy. It is the usual problem of people being caught up in appearance and liking possessions with a pleasant appearance. It is inherent in human culture. This is why manufacturers make products as good-looking as possible. It is relating to domestic cats as a product that one might buy in a department store. Humans need to get over this.

I had never heard of a rescue centre having 40 black cats all of which need to be rehomed. This is clearly a dire situation and I’m not sure how it can be resolved because the problem is deeply entrenched.

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All 40 Cats At A Rescue Center Are Black — 5 Comments

  1. Hogwash they don’t photograph well. I’ve have 3 black cats and they are as cute as can be. More and more I am less fond of humans. Maybe as you gets older you see their true colors.

  2. I have nothing against black cats at all. Pete, my black cat was a dear, dear friend. With a cheap camera and little effort one can take bad photos easily. Also I suspect people aren’t being totally honest about their superstitions and vanity. So yes, people, especially in and around Bristol need to get over it and recognize an opportunity to go pick out up a black cat from this rescue center. I think they’re extraordinarily handsome, like black panthers. And I don’t know how color patterns correlate to innate personality, but I do know that people tend to see and draw out what they want in things. It’s like how people believe in horoscopes.

  3. I forgot to include a photo of Pete. Like I said, it’s easy to take a bad photo, but it’s more than just what colors stand out. A lot of television shows in the early days of color TV were loaded with primary colors (the sets, the wardrobes) which didn’t reflect true life. Reality is about context too. If there’s a message or story in the photo, that’s most important. In this photo, Pete is seen as a youngster (taken with a cheap camera) then near his end with white whiskers (better camera and lighting). So with a little MORE effort one can take good photos.

  4. I have always had at least 1 or 2 black cats in the clowder. Right now, my eldest black cat is the matron and head of The Clowder, and is 18 years old.Howie is 9 and Joy (a deaf feral) is about 7. I take as many pictures of them as I do of the others. All cats are special, and black cats maybe more so.

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