She’s an absolute treat – and hopefully there’s a little bit of magic in the air for little Pumpkin this week.

The one-year-old Tortoiseshell is one of 27 cats currently at RSPCA’s Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre, Upper Colwyn Bay, currently looking for homes.

Pumpkin Azera 1As well as Pumpkin – there are also black cats Dot, Keno, Azera, CatNip, Henry Higgins, Pilchard, Barry and Thelma who are all looking for their forever homes.

Centre manager Victoria Williams said: “We have some beautiful rescue cats in our care at the moment and really hope they find their forever homes as soon as possible.

“Staff are really hoping Halloween will be the week for Pumpkin who will be able to work her magic and cast a spell to find her perfect match.

“If anyone was considering rehoming a cat, please come along to our centre so we can show you our wonderful residents – with each and every one of them having their own unique characters.

“As a centre, we prioritise animals rescued from cruelty and neglect, so our cats are often looking for a second chance for a happy forever home.”

In UK folklore, black cats symbolise good luck but at this time of year many associate black cats with superstitions, others say that black cats aren’t ‘Instagrammable’ and don’t look good in pictures whilst some people prefer ‘different’ coat colours such as blue or grey cats.

Last Sunday, National Black Cat Day was marked and as Halloween approaches, the charity is urging potential adopters not to overlook black cats.

Figures from last year (2018) show that on average it takes 33 days to rehome a black cat compared to a tabby cat which takes an average of 23 days to rehome. In comparison, the quickest coat colour to land new forever homes were the ginger and tabby cats who were rehomed in just six days.

Lisa Hens, companion animals expert at the RSPCA, said: “Sadly black cats don’t seem to have much luck because we see more of them coming through our doors than any other colour of cat, possibly because they are much more common.

“Ginger and tabbies have the distinctive markings making them look more attractive to some but we would urge people to look beyond what an animal looks like. Their fur colour makes no difference to how much love they have to give.

“All cats are individuals with their own quirks and personality, so I recommend people try to look beyond their colour to find the right match for them. Black cats won’t bring you good luck or bad luck but they do need forever homes. If you can bring some magic into their lives they are sure to bring some love into yours.”

To offer an RSPCA rescue cat a new home please visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet to find your purr-fect match.

One of the benefits of adopting a cat from the RSPCA means they are already neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. You could also take advantage of four weeks’ free RSPCA Pet insurance*. What’s more, if you decide to take out a full RSPCA Pet insurance policy once this has expired, you will also be supporting other rescue pets as 15% of the premium you pay goes towards helping animals in need.

If you’re not in a position to give a pet a home this October, you can still help thousands of animals in our care by donating at www.rspca.org.uk/donateadoptober, sponsoring a dog kennel or cat pod for just £1.50 a week, or showing your support for rescue pets with one of our RSPCA T-shirts. Find out how to support the work of your local RSPCA here.