Banbury woman launches group to help families struggling to care for their pets

A Banbury woman has launched a group - The Pet Bank - designed to help people struggling to care for their pets during the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Matt Elofson
Thursday, 11th February 2021, 10:48 am
Claire Evans, with her two dogs, who has launched the group - The Pet Bank - in Banbury to help families struggling to care for their pets
Claire Evans, with her two dogs, who has launched the group - The Pet Bank - in Banbury to help families struggling to care for their pets

Claire Evans, who started the group last month, said: "I want to help the residents of Banbury who are struggling and need help feeding their much loved Pets by providing them with food and other items that are needed to keep their pets healthy; this includes food, blankets, food bowls, toys etc."

Claire started the group after initially making a post in the Banburyshire Info community page in Facebook.

She later set up her own Facebook page called The Pet Bank, Banbury, which can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/324839345555373She added: "I was overwhelmed by the response and generous donations I've received. With the help of these kind donations I've already managed to help out a number of local residents, everyone has been amazing."

The Pet Bank, Banbury launched by Claire Evans to help families struggling to care for their pets

Paws Pet Food Supplies and Fishing Bait Shop in Mewburn Road on the Queensway in Banbury have offered to serve as a drop off point for anyone who would like to make donations to the group.

Anyone who needs help or who would like to make a donation to help others can reach out to Claire through The Pet Bank, Banbury Facebook page.

Claire knows firsthand how important pets are to a family. She has two dogs, two cats, two turtles and all but one are rescues.

She added: "Now I'm just trying to spread the word.

"I had the idea after seeing so many charities having much loved pets returned or dumped during this pandemic because people can't afford to keep them and other reasons.

"This really saddened me because we are a pet loving nation and pets provide the much needed love and support to help us through day to day life, and especially now during these difficult times. I just want to help try and keep owners and their pets together."