Spooky fun day to help unwanted black cats

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Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre will be hosting a day of spooky family fun at its annual Black Cat Day on Sunday, November 1.

The centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, will open its doors from 10am until 4pm for Halloween fun and games including a children’s fancy dress competition, face painting, tombola, a raffle, stalls and prizes for the best carved pumpkin.

There will be the chance to have your photo taken in the creepy cavern, refreshments will be available and staff will also be offering behind-the-scenes tours of the National Cat Adoption Centre, the largest of its kind in the UK.

Entry is free but a donation of a tin of Felix cat food would be greatly appreciated by the 150 cats currently in the care of the centre.

Staff at the centre are hoping the spookiest time of year may prove lucky for some of the many black or black-and-white cats in its care. Black and black-and-white cats are the least popular when it comes to rehoming and take 13 per cent longer to adopt than their more colourful counterparts

Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre Manager, Danielle Draper, said: “Halloween is a fun time of year and we always enjoy the great atmosphere at our Black Cat Day event. However, we’re really hoping it also brings some good news for some of the many black cats in our care who are desperate to be in a loving home of their own.”

Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre is open seven days a week and is a great free day out whatever the weather. While the Visitor Centre cafe is currently closed for refurbishment following flooding, the shop and free nature trail, as well as the Adoption Centre, are open every day from 10am-4pm.

The National Cat Centre is situated in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. To find the centre using a SatNav, please use the postcode RH17 7DE or for a map and directions please visit www.cats.org.uk/find-us/find-the-ncc

Report contributed by Cats Protection.