Black kitten in need of some good luck
SURELY no one could be spooked by this little black feline on Halloween?
The tiny bundle of fluff is one of several black cats and kittens awaiting new homes at Woodside Animal Sanctuary in Elfordleigh.
Hundreds of years ago owning a black cat could have had you sentenced to death.
And a fear of bad luck combined with old superstitions means dark moggies take six times longer to re-home, say Woodside bosses.
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The Plymouth home says they have always had a problem re-homing black cats in particular.
Founder of the centre, Carole Bowles MBE, said: "It is becoming even more noticeable that these cats are not being chosen as quickly as any other colour.
"On average a ginger or tabby cat will go to a new home six times faster, and this includes kittens too.
"There are many myths that surround black cats and we do wonder if this influences people's choice. The myth that they are bad luck seems to have started around 400 years ago, could it really be still affecting people?"
Negative attitudes toward black cats more than likely finds its origin shortly after the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. Black cats were seen as companion animals to witches. In fact, any person found with such a cat in their possession was subject to severe punishment or even death.
Ms Bowles added: "We would much prefer it if people followed the footsteps of those who believed the opposite and that black cats are in fact good luck instead. For anyone looking for a cat, then please do visit us at the sanctuary.
"We would urge people to think about personality over looks when making their choice. So many of our black cats and kittens have such wonderful characters and will make brilliant companions."
The sanctuary can be contacted on 01752 347503, phones are answered every day between 11am and 5pm. Most of the animals looking for new homes can be seen on the sanctuary's website www.woodsidesanctuary.org.uk.
Meanwhile, Devon and Cornwall Police have reminded residents who don't want any spooky visitors this Halloween of their 'No Trick' No Treat' poster campaign.
It allows those uninterested in the tradition to opt out by means of a clear poster message.
The bright orange posters bearing the words No Trick, No Treat, No Thanks are being delivered to residents in different areas by neighbourhood teams over the next few weeks. Residents can also collect them from the city's police stations.
Sarah German, Plymouth Crime Prevention Officer, said: "We would ask those out celebrating to respect those people who put up these polite signs."