Tragic story of a black cat who has not had a single rehoming inquiry in 200 days at the rescue center
Three-year-old Zara was rescued from the freezing cold in January alongside her two 24-hour-old kittens, one of whom had sadly passed away.
She was found in Aston by RSPCA inspector Ben Jones, following a call to the charity by a concerned member of the public.
But despite being taken into the care of the animal charity, the ‘fabulous mini pet panther’ has not been the subject of a single relocation inquiry since her rescue.
Volunteers at the RSPCA branch in Stafford, Wolverhampton and District believe Zara’s color could put people off – with black or black and white cats often taking much longer to get home.
Zara and her kitten, Zoe, were initially placed in the care of one of the branch’s foster parents, and it was initially unclear whether Zoe would make it.
But Zara turned out to be a great mom, and as soon as Zoe was old enough, she moved to her new home, leaving Zara to start looking for hers.
But despite her “perfect personality”, no one has inquired about Zara’s adoption since she came to the rescue, prompting a special call for potential adopters to come forward and meet her.
Zara is the feline that remains in the branch’s care the longest and her fate has not been helped by the branch reporting a 65% decrease in the number of people coming forward to adopt cats, with only seven people having found new homes last month, up from 22 last July. year.
Tracey Rogers, repatriation officer for the Stafford, Wolverhampton and District branch of the RSPCA, said: ‘Zara is always looking for that special someone and has no interest, not a single call or request for repatriation. , which completely baffles us because she is so charming. cat – confident, friendly, playful, good with children, everything you could want in a feline member of the family.
“Unfortunately black and black and white cats aren’t as popular as their colored counterparts – tabbies and ginger cats – and it always takes us a lot longer to find them loving new homes.
“Zara is the most beautiful cat with a perfect personality and everyone who meets her falls in love with her.
“All the cattery helpers take the time to play with her and annoy her longer, and it’s so sad when the cats in the enclosures next door come and go to their new homes, leaving Zara still waiting its happy ending.
“We’re sure the perfect family is here for Zara – they just haven’t met her yet. We encourage anyone who has been touched by her story and can offer her a wonderful new home to apply through our website. .
In addition to Zara, the Stafford, Wolverhampton and District branch currently has 40 other cats in its care, but repatriation figures are down 30% from last year.
The rising cost of living – which could mean people are more reluctant to take on a pet and the financial commitment they incur – is seen as one of the reasons for the slowdown.
Nationally, nearly 20% of pet owners said they were worried about feeding their pets in a recently released RSPCA Animal Kindness Index.
At the same time, the number of people contacting the RSPCA branch to give up their chat has increased.
It is believed that some owners may have taken a cat for companionship during the Covid 19 closures and no longer want a pet now that they can go on vacation and go out.