Hunt for owner of mystery pet that sleeps on Barnoldswick 'beach'

Coun Whipp with the mystery cat

Coun Whipp with the mystery cat

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN appeal has been made to find the owner of a black cat found living on a 'beach' in Barnoldswick town centre.

The black moggy has made the popular visitor attraction its home since it opened in July but nobody knows who it belongs to.

And there are fears it has been abandoned because the cat does not show up on 'selfie' pictures.

Councillor and Barnoldswick beach lifeguard, David Whipp said: “The sands of time are running out for Town Square beach cat. The Beach ends on August 30 and this friendly moggy will be without a home.

“We wonder if our Town Square cat is a selfie victim?

“It’s very affectionate and not your regular beach bum. It’s quite a fearless feline with an interest in large dogs. You can tell it’s a Barlicker, as it walks in the middle of the road like the rest of us.

“It would be great to find it’s original home or rehome it with a good family. At the moment, it’s sleeping in our beach marquee where it's security cat and eating at the Tree House pet shop.”

Joanne Geldard, clerk to Barnoldswick Town Council, said: “I first noticed the cat right before we put the beach in place.

“It’s really unusual to see a cat in a town centre and so it stood out to me as being unusual.

“Since then, people have reported seeing it sleeping on the beach and the local shops have been feeding it throughout the day!”

A recent report from the RSPCA said that black moggies account for 70 per cent of all abandoned cats and the numbers of growing.

They believe that the upsurge in homeless black cats is partly to do with the craze of taking 'selfies' of pets and uploading them to social media sites as the features of a black cat do not show up as well on photographs as ginger cats and tabbies.

Anyone who recognises the cat can call in at the beach or phone 01282 666777.

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2:56pm Fri 22 Aug 14

trajan says...

All the cat see's is a huge litter tray.
All the cat see's is a huge litter tray. trajan
  • Score: 14

4:56pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Casper's mum says...

It's more likely been abandoned because the owner couldn't afford to feed it or the vets bills rather than because it doesn't show up in selfies!
It's more likely been abandoned because the owner couldn't afford to feed it or the vets bills rather than because it doesn't show up in selfies! Casper's mum
  • Score: 9

6:40pm Fri 22 Aug 14

blackburne67 says...

Mmmm, cat litter tray springs gs to mind(only joking)Love the humorous write up on a seroius note hope he is either reunited or goes 2 a loving home which is just what all animals deserve.Already got a gorgeous puss otherwise I would have adopted him/her.Give her/him hug n kiss from me :) xxx
Mmmm, cat litter tray springs gs to mind(only joking)Love the humorous write up on a seroius note hope he is either reunited or goes 2 a loving home which is just what all animals deserve.Already got a gorgeous puss otherwise I would have adopted him/her.Give her/him hug n kiss from me :) xxx blackburne67
  • Score: 7

1:41pm Mon 25 Aug 14

POW WOW says...

Maybe it's on it's summer holidays........ once the summer finishes it'll either go home or take another cheeky holiday to benidorm !!!!!!!!!
Maybe it's on it's summer holidays........ once the summer finishes it'll either go home or take another cheeky holiday to benidorm !!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Wed 27 Aug 14

David Whipp says...

Just to let people know that Dexter, who's in the picture, has been identified by his owner, who lives nearby. The lovable cat is still coming onto the beach and letting older children pet him.

It turns out that Dexter has a couple of friends that also visit the beach. We've found out where these cats live too (when they're not gadding around town...).

The sand is covered with polythene overnight to prevent any contamination...
Just to let people know that Dexter, who's in the picture, has been identified by his owner, who lives nearby. The lovable cat is still coming onto the beach and letting older children pet him. It turns out that Dexter has a couple of friends that also visit the beach. We've found out where these cats live too (when they're not gadding around town...). The sand is covered with polythene overnight to prevent any contamination... David Whipp
  • Score: 1
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