Protected dogs sent to Canada show strain on Bakersfield Animal Care Center resources
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center is teaming up with Pet Rescue Pilots, Marley’s Mutts and BARCs Rescue to give 180 at-risk local dogs a second chance.
A massive rescue effort kicks off this weekend with more than 50 dogs on their way to forever homes in Canada.
One group traveling by car and the other by plane. Another 130 dogs will make the same trip over the next few months.
“You have to see 30 dogs get on a bus bound for Montana,” said Julie Johnson, executive director of the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center. “This is just one vehicle that we are using to transport a total of 180 dogs over the next two months.”
It comes as the Bakersfield Animal Care Center has been at overcapacity for months. Each time a dog is adopted or transferred, their spots are quickly replaced by the next stray dog that is cared for.
“These puppies have been abandoned in our community and we are doing everything in our power to save lives,” Johnson said.
Local dog owners said people should only add pets to their families if they are ready to take on the responsibility, or overcrowding at local shelters will only get worse.
“These shelters don’t have the capacity to care for all of these animals,” said dog owner Kaitlyn Corral. “You see animals all the time, stray animals, they’re just walking around.”
“It’s so important that all animals are adopted,” said dog owner Randall Guimarra. “You’re going to see some of the conditions they’re in at some of these places. Animals deserve better. All of these animals deserve to be in a home.
A seemingly endless influx of strays is forcing shelters to make tough life-and-death decisions.
“No shelter likes to euthanize at all, and that gives us some breathing room. But we know that by tomorrow those kennels will be full again,” Johnson said.
The City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center is asking everyone to be responsible and keep your dogs indoors and safe during this 4th of July holiday.