The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) confirms a rise in the number of abandoned black cats, blaming the selfie-addicted generation of people, which claims that black cats don't take good pictures.
"There are a number of reasons for us having so many black cats, including the fact that black animals tend not to photograph as well as other cats with more distinctive markings," said an RSPCA spokesman.
Some 70% of the 1,000 abandoned cats in RSPCA's care are black.
"There is a national problem with rehoming cats of this colour. We really are puzzled as to why this still happens but we would urge people to never judge a cat by its colour and look at its personality instead," said the RSPCA spokesman.
Meanwhile, the Millwood Cat Rescue Centre in Nottinghamshire has taken in nine black kittens in the last two weeks.
"We have had a lot of black cats in this year, people don't like black at the moment. Others look at the black cats and then just say 'Oh, have you got anything else?' Ginger males cats are the most popular but I think the black cats are beautiful, and they photograph fine," said Ronnie McMillen, Founder of the rescue centre.
Twitter was abuzz with avid cat lovers refuting the 'black cats make bad selfies' claims:
— Doodlecats (@doodlecats) July 30, 2014
black cats rock pic.twitter.com/rBDD9jM5tq
— cliff ping (@cliffping) July 29, 2014