YBanbury Animal Rescue and Kindness Service is a small, local, self-funding, volunteer-run local charity dedicated to the rescue, care and re-homing of cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs and small rodents and covering Banbury and surrounding areas, extending into Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. We have been operating since 1986 and became a Registered Charity in 1997.
To take in stray and unwanted cats, kittens, rabbit, guinea pigs and other small animals; to find them good, caring, approved homes, as well as taking in and helping distressed wild animals
Our 'No-Euthenasia' policy
We never euthenase a healthy animal. Senior and disabled animals are lovingly cared for. Seriously ill animals are euthenased on veterinary advice only.
Why do we insist on donations with adoption?
In simple terms we could not keep going if we rehomed without donations. It costs money to care for the animals, medical checks, vaccinations, neutering, microchipping and when necessary to pay for their treatment and recovery from illnesses, injuries and neglect. As a 100% volunteer-run, and 100% self-financed charity, these donations contribute to the overall costs of rescuing and caring for lost and lonely animals.
What is the adoption procedure?
If you are interested in a specific cat that you have seen on the website then please contact us as quickly as possible. We will arrange for you to view/meet the cats, by appointment. Once you have made a decision we will carry out a polite, informal and hopefully informative home visit. Provided the home visit is positive, then a formal handover takes place at which point you pay the adoption fee, sign the papers, and take your new family member(s) home. For the rabbits and other smaller furries (guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, rats, degus), we normally cover most points during the adoption meeting at our premises. Help and advice on bonding animals to live together is all part of the service.
Get in contact
Important notice: From 1st to 8th September the Bodicote branch centre will be closed for viewings, adoptions and admissions. The centre will be manned but not open to the public. For emergencies please contact us on 01327 263373 or via email email@example.com. For other queries relating to cat and puppy handovers or adoptions please contact us after 8th September. Rabbit and small furries are handled at Woodford Halse and will continue as normal.
Donate to BARKS
There are many ways to donate to BARKS. To donate by bank transfer please pay to our NatWest account:
Become a BARKS member
Membership is one of our key sources of income. Please join us today. £10 annual individual membership and £15 family or household.
BARKS monthly lottery is drawn on the last Saturday of every month during Young BARKS. Pay £1 for a number and win 50% of the lottery takings for the month. If you would like to take part please contact Jo Allen on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Adoption for Pets and Pets at Home
We are proud to be the Charity of the Year, partnered with Banbury Pets at Home Store, and will be in store regularly during the year
Please help BARKS in this time of crisis, help us survive the lockdown
StayCATion - during the coronavirus crisis our rescue cats are in lockdown but we're calling it a 'vacation' to keep them placated. So our lovely temporary residents are going to be with us much longer than we would normally like.
The same is true at Mary's multi-animal rescue centre in Woodford Halse.
Through all of this, and recognising how horribly difficult this period is for all of us, we're asking you not to forget these furry folk. Inevitably, our fundraising for the spring and summer has been cancelled and with no adoptions we have very little income at all. But we still need to feed and care for the animals and make sure our charity is on its feet for when we can resume normal life.
So, this is the first of our appeals for you not to forget us...
Donate by Paypal to , cheque to 47 Park End, Bodicote OX15 4DQ, or by direct transfer to Nat West: A/c B.A.R.K.S.
A/c No 57097607 Sort code 60 01 35
YOUNG BARKS IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS RISK. ALL WEEKDAY WORK EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IS ALSO POSTPONED. WE KNOW YOU WILL ALL UNDERSTAND THAT WE MUST PROTECT ALL VOLUNTEERS.
WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR VIEWINGS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RISKS. WE WILL UPDATE AS SOON AS WE KNOW MORE.
Meet the committee
Ann Collins - Chair
Marianne Kern - Treasurer
Please be patient if you cannot reach us by phone. Please leave a voicemail message and wait for a call back or email us.