Arthur the cat and his family win pets portrait contest hosted by Banbury animal rescue charity

Arthur, the black-and-white cat, and his family have won the first 'Pets in the Picture' portrait contest run by the Banbury Animal Rescue and Kindness Service (BARKS).

By Matt Elofson
Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 1:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 2:07 pm
Jesse, Arthur and David take time out during the portrait photoshoot (photo byJannine Paxton-Timms of JPT Photographic)
Jesse, Arthur and David take time out during the portrait photoshoot (photo byJannine Paxton-Timms of JPT Photographic)

Seven-year-old Banbury schoolboy Jesse Kurita-May is pictured with Arthur and his dad David at their Springfield Avenue home. The professional portrait photo shoot, with Jannine Paxton-Timms of JPT Photographic, was the top prize in the competition hosted by BARKS.

David, who is a garden designer at Nicholsons in North Aston, said: “I separated from Jesse's mum a couple of years ago and Arthur came to us around the same time, when his original owners left the country.

“Though he's shy with strangers, he's such a good-natured, gentle cat and he has become the ideal companion for Jesse. Such a healing comfort - having him to care for has really changed the way we live. Thank you BARKS for this chance to win a family portrait.”

Arthur poses for his portrait (photo byJannine Paxton-Timms of JPT Photographic)

The 'Pets in the Picture' contest was part of the current BARKS lockdown StayCATion Appeal, launched in March, which has raised more than £8,000 so far. With the continuing Covid risks and restrictions, it will now continue to the end of this year.

To support BARKS visit their website at www.barks.org.uk or email [email protected]

Jesse added: “Arthur's just so cute, especially when I tickle his tummy.”

Chair Ann Collins said: “We still can't get out there to fundraise in the usual way so we're inventing lots of new ideas, from a virtual raffle, raising over £500, to online craft sales and pet shows. We'll carry on coming up with new ideas till this is all over.”