BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Welcoming dwelling a brand new furry pal was the fashionable factor to do during the pandemic. But now that restrictions have eased, an area animal shelter is pleading for the public’s assist as their high-capacity charges may trigger them to make some very powerful selections in the close to future.
Some of the canines at the shelter have been locked inside tight areas for practically 4 months desperately on the lookout for their without end dwelling. It’s the cry for assist usually heard exterior kennel doorways. More than 200 canines are compacted into one shelter.
“It breaks our heart because a lot of these dogs you can tell had homes. They know how to sit. They know how to be good dogs. They know how to walk on a leash. And people just aren’t coming from them,” mentioned Nicole Gitzski from the Bakersfield Animal Care Center.
Gitzski mentioned the Bakersfield Animal Care Center is now pleading for assist from the neighborhood to keep away from an ending nobody desires to see.
“We are running out of space. And unfortunately, that means we’re gonna have to make some very serious decisions about these dogs,” mentioned Gitzski.
Some of those selections have already come down to transferring animals into smaller areas. Their longest resident has been in a confined house for over 100 days.
But these tougher selections could come down to life or dying.
“We never want euthanasia to be the answer or something that we turn to. Especially during a critical need like this. That’s why we reached out to the community. So, we don’t have to make those critical decisions,” mentioned Gitzski.
These considerations will not be simply felt in Kern County.
“All rescues and shelters across the US are currently experiencing space issues,” mentioned Marley’s Mutts in a press release to 23ABC.
“It’s heartbreaking to know that at some point they had a home and now they don’t. They’re locked in a kennel, a shelter,” mentioned Gitzski.
Gitzski mentioned at the peak of the pandemic, the shelter had 40 canines at most beneath their care. Some shelters nationally bought down to zero. But as lockdowns started to ease these numbers started multiplying.
“Everyone was home. So, they picked up a dog and they fostered or adopted it. And when they went back to work, they said okay well we can’t take care of you anymore,” mentioned Gitzski.
This is why Gitzski urges the neighborhood to foster or undertake a pet solely until that adoption is a lifetime dedication.
“If you don’t have the full commitment of adopting, please consider fostering. Whether it be a week two weeks or a month. It just helps make room in our facility so we can keep helping those dogs in need,” mentioned Gitski.
All canines 5-years-old and older shall be free for the month of November whereas each different canine and cat beneath 5 shall be $10.
If you do undertake a canine, the shelter may even present free coaching for up to every week, with lifetime reductions.