Banbury animal rescue centre launches its Christmas appeal
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.
"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.