Brandy is BARKS Mascot this Christmas - appeal for foster carers and sponsors






Dec 2020

Brandy is BARKS Mascot this Christmas - appeal for foster carers and sponsors

BARKS is appealing for new animal sponsors and foster carers to help cope with an anticipated post-pandemic peak in 2021.

This Christmas, we're highlighting the success story of our most famous senior sponsee cat, Brandy, to show how the lives of rescue animals – and their owners – can be transformed through fostering and sponsorship.

Sixteen-year-old Brandy's foster mum, Katie Harrison, explains: “Brandy's become our BARKS mascot this winter. I've fostered her for almost three years and she arrived timid and overweight. Since then she's progressed really well. She loves being hugged and stroked and she's way more affectionate. There's not a day goes by that I don't thank my lucky stars for taking her on and for all the support and love that BARKS give us.”

They're also very grateful for the help in paying for Brandy's care and feeding from 'sponsor dad', Andrew Watts, of Chipping Norton, who adds: “I always wanted a pet but was never allowed to have one, so now I'm really only too pleased to help animal at a distance.”

Ann Collins, chair of BARKS, says: “Lots of families have taken on pets during the Covid period, often for all the right reasons. But people's circumstances have changed and life has been tough for many; so we're expecting not only the annual post-Christmas influx but also an extra stream of animals needing new homes in the coming year.

“Fostering, supported by sponsorship to help cover the costs, is the ideal way to provide an animal with a loving home. It allows the sponsor to follow the progress of that creature and enjoy making a real difference to its life and welfare. We've been keen for ages to attract new foster families and sponsors – we're hoping 2021 will be the year that makes this happen.”

Interested in being a pet foster parent or sponsor? Email or phone our Bodicote rescue centre on 07427 063178.