Banbury animal rescue charity gets digital makeover with launch of new website

The Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service (BARKS) hope a digitial makeover of its website will transform the way their charity communicates with animal lovers in the region.

By Matt Elofson
Monday, 22nd June 2020, 1:47 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd June 2020, 1:50 pm

Officials with the BARKS charity have been working with design duo, Nic and Carrie Warrington of GetSet.Design, to create their new look.

Operating alongside their existing Facebook page, which has more than 6,000 supporters, the website will make it much easier for the team to promote animals available for adoption and sponsorship and to manage news and event updates, donations and memberships.

The new website can be seen at the following web address:

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Digital designer Nic Warrington with the home page of the new BARKS website he created (photo from the BARKS charity)

BARKS volunteer, Chris Woodcock, said: “We're indebted to the expertise and creativity of GetSet.Design who have helped us to rethink our online presence and update our logo into the bargain. They've given us their time and skills for free - we can't thank them enough.”

Under social distancing rules, the charity has just come out of lockdown and begun to offer animals for adoption again, by appointment only. There are also permanent resident cats available for sponsorship.

Ann Collins, chair of the BARKS charity, said: “While so many of us are still based at home, it's the ideal opportunity for existing members and new supporters to take a browse through the new site and see what we're planning. We're hoping for thousands of hits in the first few weeks.

“Many of our animals who need new homes have already been spoken for – but we have adorable new faces arriving all the time and they're featured on the website.”

BARKS committee member Jo Allen with nine-year old Bengal cat Blue (photo from the BARKS charity)

The BARKS StayCATion Appeal has been running throughout the lockdown period and has raised more than £4,300 so far. It aims to reach the £5,000 mark.

Anyone wishing to donate or become a member can visit the website at

For adoptions, for cats contact the Bodicote centre on 07427 063178 and for rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furries call Mary on 01327 263373.