Helping Felines Stay Flu-Free

By | 02/01/2016

B.A.R.K.S. (Banbury Animal Rescue & 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.


We adopted our cat Harry (aka Mr Moustache) from them last year and we were blown away by the dedication, hard-work and care that is taken in all aspects of what they do.

THE SITUATION: BARKS does an amazing job, exceptionally impressive when you consider they don’t have much of a budget. But they have a particular challenge facing them at the moment – sneeze barriers.

Now, I’d never heard of sneeze barriers before and assumed they were those plastic shields above the food at an “all you can eat buffet.” But as soon as someone described them to me in the context of cats and catteries, they made absolutely sense. They are panels that sit between enclosures to prevent the spread of viruses from pen to pen.

Cat flu can happen to any cat – bad for the cat and carer, alike. But house a bunch of cats from different environments, some with unknown histories, together in one location and you have the potential for a feline epidemic.  That’s bad for the cats (especially kittens and older cats), the carers AND the operating budget of a small, hard-working organisation. Sneeze barriers may not be cheap but they are a lot less than having a vet bill for the whole rescue population.


TAKING ACTION: There are a lot of activities going on to help support the Sneeze Barrier Appeal. Trustees and volunteers are:

  • running races – well, I say races but something called The Wolf Run – a wild running event, combining mud runs, trail runs and obstacle runs. Specifically, The Wolf Run is a 10k run across raw natural terrain, including open ground, woodland, lakes & thick mud. Did I mention they’ll do anything for their cause? 🙂
  • holding online auctions ( you can join the the BARKS Online Auction Facebook group for access to this and future auctions)
  • selling donated goods at car boot sales (I’ll post those dates as soon as I get them)

all to help achieve their goal of £4000. You can help by sponsoring those runners,  buying goods at the auction or making a donation directly to the B.A.R.K.S Sneeze Barriers Appeal Just Giving page.

BARKS and their charges – including but not limited to these beautiful boys below (all available for adoption as it happens) – thank you in advance.


Casper about 8-9 years old, almost ridiculously elegant looking – that FACE! – but a big softie; Rooney is 11 years old but don’t assume he’s slowing down because he’s quite lively and finally – who wouldn’t fall in love with Badger (age 5). I mean, look at him!?

Visit the B.A.R.K.S. website or join their Facebook group for more information on animals available for adoption, news and local events where  B.A.R.K.S.  and some of their charges are appearing in the area.



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