No adoption fees for dogs at Bakersfield Animal Care Center until January

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Homeless dogs need you. The Bakersfield Animal Care Center is asking the community to help large dogs that still need homes.

The shelter offers free adoptions for all dogs during this time.

Adopt big dogs. That’s the goal and plan of Bakersfield Animal Care Center staff as they try to reduce the number of large dogs in the shelter.

The shelter promotes its larger and older dogs who have been at the shelter longer than others for adoption. The center says people can have a lot of misconceptions about big dogs.

“A lot of times people expect to need a big house, a big garden, all of those things,” said Nicole Gitzke of the Bakersfield Animal Care Center. “It’s not. There are a lot of big dogs that don’t need that kind of lifestyle. A lot of our elders don’t need a big yard because they’re not not very active. So don’t let that be an excuse as to why you can’t get a big dog.

The center strives to adopt as many dogs as possible to free up space and allow dogs to have their own kennels. One thing the center is doing to encourage adoptions is temporarily waiving adoption fees throughout the campaign that will last until the end of the month.

“Currently we have 70 large dogs available,” Gitzke said. “Six of them are seniors. The shelter is not a place for a dog to live, especially for the elderly. We really want to encourage the public to come and adopt or foster some of our great dogs.

The doors are still closed for the shelter to accept new dogs but they are open for people who would like to adopt. You can reach the center by calling 661-326-3436.

Boyd S. Abbott