Three-year-old Zara was rescued from the freezing chilly in January alongside her two 24-hour outdated kittens, certainly one of whom had sadly died.
She was present in Aston by RSPCA inspector Ben Jones, following a name to the charity by a involved member of the general public.
However regardless of being taken into the animal charity’s care, the “fabulous mini house panther” has not had a single rehoming inquiry since her rescue.
Volunteers on the RSPCA’s Stafford, Wolverhampton and District department consider Zara’s color is perhaps placing folks off – with black, or black and white cats, typically taking far longer to rehome.
Zara and her kitten, Zoe, had been initially positioned within the care of one of many department’s fosterers, and it was initially contact and go as as to if Zoe would pull by way of.
However Zara proved to be a terrific mum, and as quickly as Zoe was sufficiently old she went off to her new house, leaving Zara to begin the seek for hers.
However regardless of her ‘perfect personality’ not one individual has enquired about adopting Zara since she got here into rescue, prompting a particular enchantment for potential adopters to return ahead and meet her.
Zara is the longest-staying feline presently within the department’s care and her plight has not been helped by the department reporting a 65 % lower in folks coming ahead to undertake cats, with solely seven discovering new properties final month, in comparison with 22 in July final yr.
Tracey Rogers, rehoming officer for the RSPCA’s Stafford, Wolverhampton and District department stated: “Zara is still looking for her special someone and has no interest at all, not a single call or rehoming enquiry, which completely baffles us as she is such a lovely cat – confident, friendly, playful, good with children, everything you could wish for in a feline family member.
“Unfortunately black and black and white cats are not as popular as their colourful counterparts – the tabbies and the ginger cats – and it always takes us considerably longer to find them loving new homes.
“Zara is the most beautiful cat with a perfect personality to match and everyone who meets her falls in love with her.
“All of the cattery assistants make time to play with her and to fuss her for longer, and it’s just so sad when the cats in the pens next door come in and go off to their new homes, leaving Zara still waiting for her happy ending.
“We are sure the perfect family is out there for Zara – they just haven’t met her yet. We’d encourage anyone who has been moved by her story, and can offer her a wonderful new home, to apply through our website.”
In addition to Zara, the Stafford, Wolverhampton and District department presently has one other 40 cats in its care, however rehoming figures are down 30 % on final yr.
Rising dwelling prices – which might imply individuals are extra reluctant to tackle a pet and the monetary dedication they incur – are seen as one motive for the slowdown.
Nationally, practically 20 % of pet house owners stated that they had considerations about with the ability to feed their pets in a recently-published RSPCA Animal Kindness Index.
On the identical time, the variety of folks contacting the RSPCA department to relinquish their cat has elevated.
It’s thought that some house owners might have taken on a cat for firm throughout the Covid 19 lockdowns and not need a pet now they will go on vacation and get out and about.