A trio of cats seeking new homes seem to have fallen foul of superstition, according to the Scottish SPCA.
Staff at the charity’s Angus centre at Petterden think the felines may have been left on the shelf because some people believe that black cats are bad luck.
Dale Christie, centre assistant manager, said: “Unfortunately sometimes our black cats can wait longer for new homes than our other felines.
“Our current black cat residents, Ruby, Brady and Fitz, have been with us for over five weeks with no interest.
“We believe this is because some people think they are unlucky, which is a real shame as they are gorgeous cats who will make lovely companions.
“Ruby would be well suited as a farm cat as she can be quite a feisty girl, although she can also be affectionate when she wants.
“Brady arrived here after being found with very sore eyes and he needed an operation. However, this loving boy is now feeling much better and is ready to find a home.
“Fitz arrived here as a frightened stray but is now a very friendly boy who enjoys being petted and playing with his toys.”
Anyone is interested in offering one of the cats a new home can contact the centre on 03000 999 999.