Mayhew Animal Home in black and white cat appeal

A quarter of the cats in The Mayhew are black like Maisie

A quarter of the cats in The Mayhew are black like Maisie - Credit: Archant

Charity needs more people to adopt monochromatic moggies

An animal charity in Kensal Green is appealing to cat lovers to come forward and adopt their cats without judging them by their colour.

The Mayhew Animal home, in Trenmar Gardens, is hoping to introduce residents to overlooked cats in their care, many of which are predominantly one colour, known as monochromatic.

The charity has noticed rising numbers of these types of cat, which it claims, seem to be less popular and stay at the shelter longer than cats of other colours.

Out of all the adult cats in the charity’s care, 33 per cent are black and white and 25 per cent are black.

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In The Mayhew’s kitten block, 38 per cent of the tiniest felines are black and white and 13 per cent are all black.

This includes four week old kittens, Brandon, Hayley, Dallas & Jess, who were found abandoned in a builder’s yard. They are currently being hand reared by Mayhew staff members but will soon be looking for new homes and the charity is hoping that their colour won’t mean they are left on the shelf.

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JoAnna Puzzo, The Mayhew’s cat welfare co-ordinator, said: “When you walk through The Mayhew’s cattery, it is plain to see the high numbers of black and white cats in the cabins.

“Many have been with us for several months and we simply cannot understand why. We understand the appeal of a ginger, or calico kitty –and indeed they need homes too –but we are hoping to hear from people who have space in their heart, and home, for one of our monochromatic cats.”

Anyone wishing to adopt from The Mayhew can call 020 8969 0178 or email

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