Black cats are waiting to find new homes after being constantly overlooked by adopters.

Worthing Cat Welfare Trust, which was set up 28 years ago, is seeking new owners for its nine  "fabulous black beauties".

The charity said they have had no interest from people looking to rehome a cat, which may be a result of superstition.

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Joss Loader, chairwoman of the Worthing Cat Welfare Trust, said: "As is so often the case, we have nine beautiful black cats who are not attracting interest from adopters.

"We are hoping people will come forward and offer loving forever homes to our fabulous black beauties.

"We will never understand the reluctance to opt for black cats - we think their glossy coats and bright eyes are hard to beat."

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Among the black felines in the charity's care include energetic three-month-old kittens Josh and Phoebe, who were born outside on a farm.

The pair are said to be "full of crazy energy" and are looking for a calm and loving home.

Shadow, a one-year-old who was unhappy in her original home, is also waiting to be adopted.

The charity, which was set up 28 years ago, said she is a cheeky and playful girl who "loves a fuss".

One of the oldest cats in the charity's care is ten-year-old Sooty.

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Joss said: "Ten-year-old long-haired Sooty is a dear cat who came to our care due to her owner moving and not being able to take Sooty.

"She is a lovely girl who you can have a chat with.

"Whilst she doesn’t like to be picked up, she does enjoy a fuss. Sooty is not a lap cat but she will sit near you."

One of the black cats seeking a new chance in life is Fraggle, whose owners could no longer afford to keep him.

The two-year-old cat has been described as "a very sweet and playful cat who loves attention and a fuss".