Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service

BARKS are the cat’s whiskers!

Rescuing, re-homing and caring for over 350 animals each year is a huge feat for one of our most-loved local charities – and it’s entirely run by volunteers.

BARKS (Banbury Animal Rescue and Kindness Service) saves cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs, rodents and wild creatures. They also foster puppies.

With two rescue centres in Bodicote (Banbury) and Woodford Halse, in 2018 they succeeded in almost 200 cats and kittens being adopted across three counties.

And it’s cats, of all ages, who often make the most loving pets. Pictured here are a few we visited in mid-August. Seven-year-old Lily was the grey Persian who, along with her darker short-haired brother, Pickle, needed a caring new owner. And spare a thought for ginger girl Tango and majestic Mac, a Siamese, both of whom ‘live in’ at BARKS and rely on donations to cover bed and board.

Meanwhile, we met a vast array of kittens of all colours. There were also feral kittens, often needing farm or stable homes to become working cats.

BARKS’ 2019 Membership Appeal aims to triple its members and combat a fall-off. Annual membership is just £10; £15 per family. To sign up or offer donations email BARKS at To adopt or foster, call Theresa on 07427 063178. Find out more: or

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