Appeal to keep B.A.R.K.S cats feline warm this winter


Winter Warmer Appeal launched to cover animal rescue service heating costs

B.A.R.K.S. – the animal rescue service in Bodicote – has launched its Winter Warmer Appeal.

The charity is currently providing a home to 30 cats and kittens.  As the colder weather approaches BARKS needs to raise enough money to keep the cats warm in their accommodation during the winter months.

The cats sleep in wooden catteries which are fitted with heat pads and radiators during the cold weather.

Theresa Grant, the deputy Chair of BARKS, said: “It’s the radiators that eat the electricity which is why we do the Winter Warmer Appeal.”

“Last year over the winter it cost us about £1,000”.

The number of cats benefitting from a home at B.A.R.K.S. is likely to increase over the coming weeks as the organisation is currently not allowed to offer adoptions due to the pandemic.   However they are still accepting stray cats who need a home.

Theresa said: “They are out on the streets so obviously at this time of year we want them to be warm.   We have to get whoever is dealing with the stray to take it to the vet first to get it checked out before it comes to me.”

Throughout the year cats arrive at B.A.R.K.S. from a variety of different places.   Theresa said, “Some people have kittens in the spring; by now they’re not kittens any longer so they decide they don’t want them.   Sadly when older people pass away their cat has nowhere to go.   We also take strays and when someone moves they might not be able to take the cat with them.”

To make a donation please head to the B.A.R.K.S. Just Giving page.

You can listen to our interview with Theresa Grant from B.A.R.K.S. here:

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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