Banbury animal rescue centre launches its Christmas appeal

Banbury Animal Rescue and Kindness Service (BARKS) has launched its Christmas appeal in the hope of meeting a target of 300 members this year.
Ann Collins of BARKS is pictured with rescue cat JessieAnn Collins of BARKS is pictured with rescue cat Jessie
Ann Collins of BARKS is pictured with rescue cat Jessie

The organisation has been campaigning throughout 2019 in a bid to restore its membership support and boost funding to help its work.

All income from £10 individual annual memberships - £15 per family - is spent on the everyday costs of feeding and caring for the 350 animals the volunteer-run charity rescues and re-homes each year.

BARKS chair Ann Collins said: "Because we're a small charity we don't yet have an automated membership renewal system, so it's almost inevitable that numbers fall off, year on year.

Rescue cat Daisy is pictured with some of the BARKS collecting tinsRescue cat Daisy is pictured with some of the BARKS collecting tins
Rescue cat Daisy is pictured with some of the BARKS collecting tins

"Since January, thanks to great events and campaigning work by our volunteer team, we've managed to get back to almost 200 members - and we're really hoping our Christmas finale appeal will attract at least 100 more."

The membership campaign finale will coincide with a JustGiving 'winter warmer' appeal and the return of the ever-popular BARKS advent calendar, run on the charity's Facebook page, plus a Santa Paws stall in the Banbury Pets at Home store.

BARKS has two main rescue centres in Bodicote and Woodford Halse and cares for animals ranging from cats, kittens and puppies to rabbits, rodents and ducklings. The charity has a strong following, especially in Banbury and north Oxfordshire and prides itself on its standards of animal care and community out-reach.

In the run-up to Christmas, anyone wanting to become a member or offer any other kind of voluntary support should email BARKS at [email protected] or phone 07427 063178. Find out more at www.barks.org.uk or on Facebook.