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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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Webinar to explore the meaning of veterinary leadership

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 The WSAVA has announced a free webinar exploring the meaning of veterinary leadership in the 21st century.

Taking place at noon on Tuesday, October 19, the webinar will explore the role of veterinary professionals in leading on animal welfare, the leadership competencies required of all veterinary professionals, and the effects of leadership style on teams.

The webinar, which ends with a Q&A session, will be moderated be WSAVA President Dr Siraya Chunekamrai and led by Veterinary Management Group President Richard Casey. For more information and to access the event, click here

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Horiba announces veterinary haematology webinar

Horiba Medical has announced a free webinar providing practical insight on best practice in veterinary haematology. Entitled 'In practice haematology - Beyond the pale!' the webinar will be presented by Ronnie Barron from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.

Ronnie's presentation, which will conclude with a Q&A session, will look at QC and artefacts of sample quality and review the effects of different pathologies. Using images, photomicrographs and video links, he will also explain the techniques and equipment needed to complement analytical automation to confirm results quality.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, October 28 (7.30-9pm). For more details and to register, click here.