BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — “I would like you to be a hit story. I would like you to return to me in six months and say to me, ‘I fastened my drawback,'” mentioned Sundee Martineau, director of Bakersfield Boxers and Bullies Rescue.
The nonprofit stems from Sundee’s love and concern for pit bulls and boxers – two breeds she mentioned want further assist in Kern County.
“There’s a whole lot of rescues on the market that may assist the lovable and fluffies, however the pit bulls, it’s a multitude,” mentioned Sundee.
She mentioned folks oftentimes undertake pit bulls as puppies however can now not deal with them after they develop up. This results in an extreme variety of pit bulls in shelters or deserted on Kern County streets.
“They’re simply out operating round on a regular basis, getting hit by vehicles [and] having puppies in every single place,” she mentioned.
When animal companies or shelters can’t assist, Sundee steps up. She connects stray canine with people who find themselves actually able to deal with them.
“I don’t simply throw them on the market. I be sure that they’re prepared for the dedication as a result of there’s a dedication whenever you tackle a robust breed,” she mentioned.
Sundee mentioned she additionally desires to assist folks maintain the canine after welcoming them into their properties. That is achieved with correct coaching and preparation.
“If we might help folks maintain their canine, then we don’t have to fret about them going to shelters or being re-homed so [I’m] simply making an attempt to get to the foundation of the issue,” she mentioned.
Sundee connects pit bull and boxer house owners with inexpensive and efficient trainers in the neighborhood, giving them confidence to construct lasting relationships with their canine.
Preparation can’t at all times forestall medical points, so the group additionally helps canine house owners financially.
“I do raffle baskets for folks. This is a raffle basket. Go make some cash. Raffle off these items. Let’s pay that invoice,” she mentioned.
Coming into the brand new 12 months, Sundee hopes COVID-19 restrictions will ease up sufficient to permit in-person adoption occasions and fundraisers. She desires to assist canine house owners really feel supported and assured in having pit bulls and boxers as everlasting members of the family.
“I would like it to be the place all people sees themselves as a hit story. They begin to see the significance of conserving their canine and don’t surrender, identical to you wouldn’t together with your child,” mentioned Sundee.
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