A kitty loving artist hopes that her new comic about a black cat's adventures through the afterlife will help find forever homes for more of these unwanted moggies.
By, 19 Nov 2019
The heartbreaking comic strip begins with a black cat coming face-to-face with the grim reaper following a road traffic accident.
A sad 'tail'
When death asks kitty if he was playing too close to the road again, the cat reveals he was run over on purpose.
"The world seems to hate black cats," says the cat. "They think we're bad luck."
Before 'death' takes the cat away to kitty heaven, this poor little soul has one last request. He wants to visit the only friend he ever had, a nice old lady who would always feed him.
But because he's passed over to the other side, he can only watch his friend looking sad and lonely as she stands on the porch.
"I'm sorry I couldn't say goodbye," he whispers.
The heartbreaking tale is the work of Jenna Jinya, a freelance illustrator and comic artist. She wanted to use her artistic flair to highlight the discrimination that black cats face every day.
"Even in 2019, you still hear of black cats being associated with superstitions, witches, black magic and such."
"Black shelter pets are less likely to be adopted than pets of other colours. They still face so much hate nowadays and the more I read about this topic, the sadder I get."
We need to do more for black cats
According to the RSPCA, black cats take longer to rehome, while many never find the loving families they deserve. The charity now runs a national black cat day in October to help raise more awareness of this important issue.
Jenna is also playing a sequel to her comic. So don't put away those tissues just yet!