Black cats abandoned in Havering owing to misguided superstition, says charity

PUBLISHED: 16:11 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:11 20 August 2013




Black cats are up there with breaking mirrors and walking under ladders in terms of bad luck – much to the detriment of a Havering re-homing service.


Goldie’s Cat Rescue has a disproportionately high number of abandoned black felines, which manager Ehren Gerrard believes is down to their reputation as being unlucky.

The rescue currently has 30 cats from eight weeks to 17 years of age in need of re-homing, 22 of which are black or black and white. It receives between five and 20 calls a day from members of the public who have found abandoned cats or need their own re-homing.

Ehren explained that over-breeding and the recession, leaving people no longer financially able to care for pets, cause cats to be abandoned in the borough.

Goldie’s recently helped rescue seven kittens abandoned in a cardboard box under a bush with no access to water during the recent heat wave.

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After initially being placed in foster homes by Goldie’s, cats are then usually adopted, but Ehren said black ones are often overlooked.

This despite the fact it is American, not British, superstition that says black cats are unlucky. The Ancient Egyptians in fact considered black cats very lucky, as they were believed to bring their owners love and prosperity.

Ehren thinks the much-maligned moggies actually make the most affectionate and loving pets. She said: “Many of them have [been through] horrible circumstances, only to still love and trust humans just the same.”

Goldie’s was set up in 2000 but lifelong cat-lover Ehren joined the team last year. She said: “I’ve always loved animals, and was always bringing home the waifs and strays!”


The rescue is also seeking more foster homes for cats before they are adopted. If you think you could help with fostering or adopting a black cat, call Ehren on 07969 318443.

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