The large stray dog population in Bakersfield is multifaceted and has various negative impacts on the community. With the 2023 Capital Campaign here are some points to consider:
Stray dogs are often malnourished, injured, or sick. Furthermore, they suffer from neglect, abuse, and exposure to extreme weather conditions. Finally, without proper care, this will lead to short and painful lives.
Stray dogs can carry parasites and diseases such as rabies, tapeworms, and fleas that can be transmitted to humans. Moreover, they also pose a physical threat to people by attacking or biting them, especially children.
The cost of sheltering, feeding, and caring for stray dog’s falls on taxpayers. Municipalities must allocate resources to handle the issue, which can strain already tight budgets. Finally, Rescue Communities must make up the gap, which is a financial burden especially when they are at the mercy of donor’s.
Stray dogs can damage natural habitats and disrupt ecosystems. Furthermore they can also harm livestock and wildlife.
An overpopulation of stray dogs not only effects the dogs themselves but also the community around them. We love all of these dogs, much like you do, and also understand that the sheer number of strays can expose residents to excessive barking, digging, and defecating in public places. Our goal is to help the dogs first, but also to ensure our region doesn’t continue to lose tourism, businesses or property values.
The Stray dog problem in Bakersfield is a complex issue that requires a multi-faceted approach.