It is your chance to help the Bakersfield SPCA and give a pet a permanent home. The no-kill shelter takes in roughly 2,000 animals every year.
KGET and the SPCA want to help find new homes for abandoned animals and raise money to keep the shelter open.
Tripod is a three-legged dog at the SPCA. "With those three legs, he can run faster than any of us. He can really outrun us all," said Julie Johnson, Executive Director, Bakersfield SPCA.
Tripod has come a long way. The Bakersfield SPCA rescued Tripod a year ago from a felony hoarding case. Tripod had been living in a cage, unable to escape biting rats. Because of that, he has permanent scars on his face.
"He was supposed to go to a rescue twice and then they saw his face, and said he didn't look 'lab' enough for them to take. He needs a forever home," said Johnson.
"He's got to have a bed no matter what. The first day we gave him a bed, he had never had a dog bed in his life, so he didn't quite know what to do with it. And, then the staff could not even take his dog bed out to even clean his cage because he's so protective of his bed. He just needs a chance," she continued.
That chance will come Tuesday, at our Unleash Your Love event. Last year, 19 dogs found new homes. Donors dropped off more than $16,000.
Those donations keep the Bakersfield SPCA open. It is a no-kill shelter, which means some four-legged friends have waited a long time for a new lap to curl up in.
"They just need that chance. They need that special home. They need a forever home," said Johnson.
On Tuesday, Tripod and so many others like him will be waiting for new families. A donor paid for his adoption fee last year so, the fee will be waived.
Our Unleash Your Love drive starts Tuesday, September 18th at 5:00 a.m. and lasts until 6:30 p.m. outside our studios at 22nd and M Streets.
The SPCA will also offer vaccinations and low-cost microchipping .