Trustees urge people to look beyond the coat


Photo: Rejected Kittens

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary based in Holmeswood in Lancashire have been inundated with unwanted cats and kittens. The trustees have said they are amazed at the amount of unwanted pets in the area and the UK as a whole.

The charity care for a range of animals including ponies, donkeys, a selection of farm animals, rabbits, guinea pigs and cats not to mention all the hedgehogs! The sanctuary houses more than 400 unwanted resident animals.

The question that is baffling Woodlands at the moment is why do people not want black and black and white cats. The trustees report that black and black and white take on average 70% longer than any other colour of cat to find a new home. This really came to light recently when the shelter took in a litter of kittens from a member of the public. The kittens mother had been killed on the road. There were four kittens three tabbies and one silver tabby.

One picture on Facebook brought more than ninety enquiries for one silver tabby kitten within 24 hours! Yet the shelter have black and white kittens looking for new homes that many people have been to see and rejected because they are black and white.

The sanctuary is now running on reserve funds despite many appeals donations are still down massively on the previous year.

The sanctuary is funded solely on the generosity of the public and events run by the team at Woodlands. If you would like to make a donation to the shelter you can do this through website or donations can be sent to Woodlands, Sandy Lane, Holmeswood, L40 1UE


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