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Black cats shunned because they ‘don’t show up in selfies’
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has published a guide to help pet owners take their very own black cat selfie.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home says it is an 'increasing problem' 

Black cats are being left behind in rescue centres because they don’t look good on social media, according to a Bristol-based cat rehoming centre.

Speaking to The Telegraph, The Moggery founder Christine Bayka said that the situation is worse than it has ever been. The rehoming centre looks after 40 animals and none of them are tabby, ginger or tortoiseshell.

She said: "It's worse now because black cats don't show up in selfies. Now everybody wants to take selfies and put them on Facebook. It's a very narcissistic use of social media.

"It happens all the time, I will go through all the questions and say 'are you flexible about colour?' Then they will say, 'yes, as long as it's not black.'"

Responding, Rachel Saunders from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home said: “On average, we do find our black cats tend to stay slightly longer than the average but not enough for us to say they are harder to rehome than others. In fact, we sometimes get people coming to Battersea specifically to rehome a black cat.

“We love all cats and every one of our felines has its own unique character. At Battersea, we’d always urge people to go for personality over looks. Cats are so much more than tools for social media likes – they will become your constant companions and best friends, no matter what colour they are.”

She continued: "It's an increasing problem, it wasn't like this 20 years ago. Over 20 years of having difficulty rehoming black cats, it's definitely got harder because of selfies."

To inspire potential cat owners
‘to see the beauty of midnight coloured moggies', Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has published a step-by-step guide to help pet owners take their very own black cat selfie. The guide includes advice such as 'getting down to cat level' and 'loving them anyway, no matter their colour or how many likes they get you'.


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 Has someone in your practice team gone above and beyond to make your workplace a positive one during the coronavirus pandemic? Then why not nominate them for a 2020 Practice Wellbeing Star!

The joint RCVS Mind Matters Initiative/SPVS Practice Wellbeing Star nominations recognise individuals who have held up morale during a time when practices are facing unprecedented staffing and financial issues.

Nominees receive a certificate in recognition of their colleagues' appreciation of their achievements and will be entered into the prize draw for a pair of tickets to attend the joint SPVS and Veterinary Management Group Congress in January 2021.


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WellVet reopens ticket sales to online conference platform

Following the success of its online conference, the organisers behind WellVet Weekend have re-opened ticket sales to allow new delegates to access session recordings and its online networking platform.

The day-long conference saw more than 360 veterinary professionals mix activity sessions with personal development CPD, all hosted within a virtual conference platform. Now, with more than 500 minutes of CPD available, the resource is being re-opened to allow full access to the session recordings until May 2021.

Sessions are aimed at providing delegates with a range of proactive wellbeing tools to explore to find ways of improving their mental and physical health. Tickets are limited in number and on sale at until 30th August 2020.