Monochrome moggy Joffrey is the king of National Black Cat Day

27 October 2017
Monochrome moggy Joffrey is the king of National Black Cat Day

27 October 2017

Monochrome moggy Joffrey is the king of National Black Cat Day 

A black-and-white cat from Stockport has been selected the face of Cats Protection’s National Black Cat Day taking place on social media today (Friday 27 October).

Three-year-old Joffrey won a competition in which owners sent in their black cat photos and explained why their cat is their hero. The charity received over 3,000 entries with Joffrey coming out on top.  

His face now adorns Cats Protection’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles today to help highlight the thousands of unwanted black cats in desperate need of new homes.  

Joffrey’s owner Fay Schofield, 28 said: “Unlike the Game of Thrones character, Joffrey is an absolute hero and he teaches me to face the world with a smile on my face. He greets me every day with enthusiasm and wants to explore and play no matter what! And he gives me such a lovely welcome when I return home every day.”

And according to Cats Protection, the simplicity of this entry netted Joffrey first prize. “We received a huge number of high quality entries but Joffrey just edged it for illustrating how a black cat can make such a simple, positive difference to an owner each day,” says Gemma Croker, organiser of National Black Cat Day.   

Six runner-up cats were also selected including Alex from Monmouthshire and Merlin from Sevenoaks who are also featured on Cats Protection’s sites today.    

“Stunning black and black-and-white cats like these will hopefully encourage people to adopt one from us, says Gemma.

“Cats Protection has many thousands of monochrome moggies in care and they take 13 per cent longer to be adopted than cats of other colours owing to a subconscious colour preference. People perceive black cats as mundane because they are so commonly-seen so they opt for the tabbies, gingers and other bright-coloured cats who are in the minority and look more exciting.”  

To join in with Cats Protection’s National Black Cat Day, please tweet a photo of your own black cat to @CatsProtection or via Instagram or Facebookor visit www.cats.org.uk/black-cats to find out more.    

To view black or black-and-white cats in need of homes in your area, please visit http://www.cats.org.uk/find-a-cat

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For more information please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911 or email media.office@cats.org.uk or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

 

Notes to Editors:

  1. Joffrey’s owner Fay Schofield also wins a prize package including a goody bag, a black cat illustration donated by Simon’s Cat creator Simon Tofield and catnip cat toys donated by Freak MEOWt. Each of the six runners-up receives a goody bag
  2. Photo of Joffrey courtesy of Katy Mutch
  3. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity and helps around 500 cats a day – or 190,000 cats and kittens each year - through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres
  4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). .
  5. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998.  We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  6. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk