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Alpha Canine Sanctuary (Bakersfield)


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ALPHA Canine Sanctuary is a no-kill haven for homeless dogs. The 20 acre ranch, which opened in 1995, is nestled in the foothills above Bakersfield.

Caretakers live on site. They and several employees provide full-time care for the dogs. ALPHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is supported entirely by donations from animal lovers.


P.O. Box 5517
Bakersfield, CA 93388
Phone:(661) 391-8212

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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LOST! German Shepard, female, one year old,09/27/2021, Rosedale Hwy& Jewetta, call, 661-444-0470
posted by [email protected], on 2021-09-30 18:15:26
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LOST! German Shepard, female, one year old,09/27/2021, Rosedale Hwy& Jewetta, call, 661-444-0470
posted by [email protected], on 2021-09-30 18:15:20
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LOST DOG: Bella wondered out our side gate off Sweitzer Lake St. 93314. She is a 5lb. Small friendly brown chihuahua. If any info at all is noticed or someone turns her in plz call me at (661) 229-7562.
posted by [email protected], on 2021-07-30 15:41:20
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1/27/21 our morkie was taken from our home. He's black & white.name is max i posted pics of him. On fb & next door. Plz any info will help bring out fur baby home. 661-314-2090
posted by [email protected], on 2021-01-30 18:21:01
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1/27/21 our morkie was taken from our home. He's black & white.name is max i posted pics of him. On fb & next door. Plz any info will help bring out fur baby home. 661-314-2090
posted by [email protected], on 2021-01-30 18:20:23
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LOST YORKSHIRE TERRIER: Our 4lb Yorkie went missing on 12/21 in the are of College Ave & Claremont Dr. in East Bakersfield. She goes by Lola and is light tan & gray.
posted by [email protected], on 2020-12-22 16:38:36
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LOST YORKSHIRE TERRIER: Our 4lb Yorkie went missing on 12/21 in the are of College Ave & Claremont Dr. in East Bakersfield. She goes by Lola and is light tan & gray.
posted by [email protected], on 2020-12-22 16:38:30
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LOST YORKSHIRE TERRIER: Our 4lb Yorkie went missing on 12/21 in the are of College Ave & Claremont Dr. in East Bakersfield. She goes by Lola and is light tan & gray.
posted by [email protected], on 2020-12-22 16:38:19
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To the red and brown eyes is this a boy dog?
posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-27 04:18:38
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Lost dog on June/24/2020 🐺 Oildale area Please let me know if you see my dog, when, where and st what time you saw it to go immediately to that place, please Dog's name : Solovino Mi perro está perdido Junio/24/2020 🐺 en el área de Oildale N. Chester ave. Y warren ave Por favor haganme saber si ven a mi perro, cuándo, dónde y a qué hora lo vieron para ir a ese lugar a buscarlo a ese lugar inmediatamente. Por favor. Su nombre es Solovino. (323)9107225. Sen me te t if you sLost dog on June/24/2020 🐺 Oildale area Please let me know if you see my dog, when, where and st what time you saw it to go immediately to that place, please Dog's name : Solovino text ne if you have any information (323)9107125 Mi perro está perdido Junio/24/2020 🐺 en el área de Oildale N. Chester ave. Y warren ave Por favor haganme saber si ven a mi perro, cuándo, dónde y a qué hora lo vieron para ir a ese lugar a buscarlo a ese lugar inmediatamente. Por favor. Su nombre es Solovino. it
posted by Kvothe Reshi, on 2020-06-28 14:54:17
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Lost dog on June/24/2020 🐺 Oildale area Please let me know if you see my dog, when, where and st what time you saw it to go immediately to that place, please Dog's name : Solovino Mi perro está perdido Junio/24/2020 🐺 en el área de Oildale N. Chester ave. Y warren ave Por favor haganme saber si ven a mi perro, cuándo, dónde y a qué hora lo vieron para ir a ese lugar a buscarlo a ese lugar inmediatamente. Por favor. Su nombre es Solovino. (323)9107225. Sen me te t if you see it
posted by Kvothe Reshi, on 2020-06-28 14:52:46
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My esa pet Lil Girl has been missing since 3/24/20. She is a female pit bull around 40lbs. She’s white with very light tan markings(body is coloured, head paws And tip of tail are white) her nose is black. She looks like she is wearing black eyeliner on her right eye. There is a REWARD for any info that leads to her return. Her owner is agoraphobic and Lil Girl is her ESA pet.
posted by Kathy Fruge, on 2020-04-28 20:59:18
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My esa pet Lil Girl has been missing since 3/24/20. She is a female pit bull around 40lbs. She’s white with very light tan markings(body is coloured, head paws And tip of tail are white) her nose is black. She looks like she is wearing black eyeliner on her right eye. There is a REWARD for any info that leads to her return. Her owner is agoraphobic and Lil Girl is her ESA pet.
posted by Kathy Fruge, on 2020-04-28 20:59:07
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Our 13 year old poodle mix, Rigby, was lost Saturday 4/18. SW Bakersfield near Horseshoe Court and Open Trail. He is not in good health and he gets confused. Please message me if you have any information. Thanks so much! (661)302-6395
posted by Debra Golding, on 2020-04-23 18:20:45
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Our 13 year old poodle mix, Rigby, was lost Saturday 4/18. SW Bakersfield near Horseshoe Court and Open Trail. He is not in good health and he gets confused. Please message me if you have any information. Thanks so much! (661)302-6395
posted by Debra Golding, on 2020-04-23 18:20:26
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My dog Nimby has been missing since 2/20/20. Her last location was with a lady on Anderson St. Off Planz & Cottonwood. Before that she was seen on the East Side by Mount Vernon/ Jefferson StShe is a female white Applehead Chihuahua with 2 beige/tan spots, 1 on his back by his tail & 1 on the end of his tail by his back. Please help find her. The lady that had her gave me the address to pick her up at & she was never there. She is loved & missed dearly.
posted by Brandy Shey, on 2020-03-30 19:43:24
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My dog Nimby has been missing since 2/20/20. Her last location was with a lady on Anderson St. Off Planz & Cottonwood. Before that she was seen on the East Side by Mount Vernon/ Jefferson StShe is a female white Applehead Chihuahua with 2 beige/tan spots, 1 on his back by his tail & 1 on the end of his tail by his back. Please help find her. The lady that had her gave me the address to pick her up at & she was never there. She is loved & missed dearly.
posted by Brandy Shey, on 2020-03-30 19:43:16
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My dog Nimby has been missing since 2/20/20. Her last location was with a lady on Anderson St. Off Planz & Cottonwood. Before that she was seen on the East Side by Mount Vernon/ Jefferson StShe is a female white Applehead Chihuahua with 2 beige/tan spots, 1 on his back by his tail & 1 on the end of his tail by his back. Please help find her. The lady that had her gave me the address to pick her up at & she was never there. She is loved & missed dearly.
posted by Brandy Shey, on 2020-03-30 19:42:55
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Duke has been missing since 3/15/2020 on Westwold Dr, east of Gosford Rd, west of El Portal, across from Laurelglen Elementary School. He is all grey, 8 months old and was neutered and microchipped at Stockdale Veterinary. He such a cuddle bug! Please help us reunite with our baby! Missin him so much! Call 661-301-3007 if you have any information.
posted by Anna Bates, on 2020-03-20 16:03:03
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My dog got out on 3*3*2020 her name is Nispy she got out on Virginia st cross street is niles. She is a white and tanisha brownish dog and has a brown collar on she is begal mix I've put up many fliers and people are taking them down please help me. My number is 661 662 1304
posted by Alta Reed, on 2020-03-06 16:34:07
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My dog got out on 3*3*2020 her name is Nispy she got out on Virginia st cross street is niles. She is a white and tanisha brownish dog and has a brown collar on she is begal mix I've put up many fliers and people are taking them down please help me. My number is 661 662 1304
posted by Alta Reed, on 2020-03-06 16:34:00
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My Queensland has been missing since 1-26-20. Her name is princess. She has black covering most of her face with a white strip right down the center. Also has some red on her. We live around Dana and university. Please if you have any info contact me. We miss her very much
posted by monique taylor, on 2020-02-02 16:08:34
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My Queensland has been missing since 1-26-20. Her name is princess. She has black covering most of her face with a white strip right down the center. Also has some red on her. We live around Dana and university. Please if you have any info contact me. We miss her very much
posted by monique taylor, on 2020-02-02 16:06:54
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I FOUND in Renegade and Channing Ave. Bakersfield 93306, a small dog maybe 1-3 years brown with some black, tan and white.
posted by [email protected], on 2019-09-07 03:50:44
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I found a dog between 4-6 months old. He is black with white. Very mellow and friendly gets along well with other dogs and is just a total sweetheart. He is not a big dog and I doubt he will grow much. In the neighborhood where I found him I was told he was dumped by what appeared to be his negligent owners
posted by [email protected], on 2019-08-07 14:52:38
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I have a mixed breed male dog approx. 3-4 years old. He was abandoned at one of the rental properties I am supervising. He is very active and would be prefect for a active person or household. He is very protective. I need to find a forever home. Help! Elena
posted by MariaElenaHernandez, on 2019-07-02 15:15:13
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I have a dog that has red hair and brown eyes The dogs here to be pick up and given a fore ever home [email protected]
posted by deeh, on 2019-06-21 22:50:31
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I too am desperate, I have a 5 year old American Bulldog. He is a very loving dog, but can scale a 6 foot wall, and charges at people as he is running. I have spent Thousands trying to contain him for his own safety, and have sprent 100s of hours and some more money training him. He is very obedient when he is on the Leash and training collar, but looses all composure when he gets out. My 5 daughters and my self have become very good and getting him back, but it is chaos until we get him back in. I love this dog, he has kept my family safe from intruders even a house fire; I am just at a loss as what to do.
posted by StuartCooperYoungII, on 2018-11-27 01:14:54
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Hello I have a male pitbull he's two and half years old. Tiny is neutered and loves to go hiking and for runs. Tiny also likes to play catch but doesn't like to bring it back he rather have you run after him all around the yard he loves that. Tiny is house broken he lets know by going to the door and begins to bark or cry. He knows how to sit and shake with both hands. Tiny is a very outgoing and adventurous fella. He also takes his treats from the hand very gentle. He's good with children and female dogs. Tiny does not get along with male dogs. If you give tiny a chance you won't regret it you'll see all the joy he will bring to you thank you and god bless. Contact number is (661)431-7948
posted by (empty name), on 2017-10-13 15:44:41
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5 months ago I rescued "Blue" from being abandoned by his negligent owner. I have since kennel/potty trained him. He is 2years old or younger. Blue is tame,, good for indoor and outdoors,. He is child, cat & dog friendly. He currently lives with 2 children, 3 cats and a dog. I am looking for a forever home for him as personal circumstances have made it difficult to care for him. I have lots of pictures, feel free to contact me if you'd like to meet & greet with this sweet baby. [email protected]
posted by nicoletrrs8, on 2017-07-10 12:44:23
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Hi, I have a beautiful 4 year old female brindle Pitbull that needs a forever home. She's the sweetest thing but very hyper with separation anxiety. Unfortunately she's also dog aggressive, which is why we can not keep her. She needs constant love and attention. We've had her since she was a pup and she is fully potty trained. Please help me find a home for our sweet Peaunut. [email protected]
posted by (empty name), on 2017-02-12 20:24:19
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im in need of help 2 pitbulls need homes big babies love kids indoors my daughter passed away before homes were found less than 2weeks then will be put down please help
posted by (empty name), on 2016-11-10 23:19:49
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Hi, Unfortunately due to some circumstances right now in my life, i am not able to keep my two female dogs with me any longer, it breaks my heart, i need to find them a good home as soon as possible, they deserve it, these two wonderful girls are adorable, lovely, and friendly with anybody including other dogs and especially kids. Kei (the bluenose) is 10 months, Keila (the pit/lab) is 8 months. If you or anybody know some one who would take them in, please don't hesitate to reach me at (931) 249-3265. They've also grown up together like sisters so wherever they go, i would want them to stay together. thank you so much,
posted by IsidroPanduro, on 2016-10-17 21:32:45
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I desperately need help for two sweet dogs. I live in St. Louis trying to help someome who lives in California City. She has to move and cant take them. Plllease help. My email is [email protected] Com
posted by JaymeHairston, on 2016-09-13 10:37:15
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Hi there! I have the sweetest, most loving and calm adult cat that needs a new home. My mom is moving to a new house and refuses to take her with us. Any tips or suggestions on where to look for homes, no kill shelters or if your organization is willing to take her to help find her a home, that would be amazing! We would be happy to make a donation as well. I've already contacted the SPCA, the cat people, and El Gato Villa Rescue, but they do not have any space for adult cats 😞 Thank you! Best wishes, Ashley Barton [email protected]
posted by AshleyLauren, on 2016-08-22 17:29:03
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Due to reasons out of my control I must find a new home for my 4yr old Staffordshire mix pup named Alley. She is running out of time in her current home. Alley would probably be happiest as the only dog, but bets along with dogs and cats. Alley is current on her shots, Spayed and micro chipped. If anyone is willing to foster/adopt, please let me know
posted by (empty name), on 2016-05-19 21:07:47
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I forgot to add my contact information... 661-619-1530 [email protected]
posted by (empty name), on 2016-05-19 21:13:00
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My name is John and we have a dilemna. We are moving on the 12th of March and cannot take our 3 year old chihuahua/dachsund mix. His name is Ducky and he's a wonderful little guy. Especially great with older kids and adults. Please,if you know someone, my e mail address is [email protected] and my cell # 661-706-7632. Thank you....
posted by JohnWitt, on 2016-03-01 16:43:03
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We have recently relocated to Bakersfield to be with my son that has a brain injury. We have ran into some problems though.. we cannot find a home that will allow us to have our pets. We had to accept a home that did not allow Pit Bulls because there aren't any home owners or Apts. that would accept that breed. They are two Pit Bulls ages 5 & 8 a male and a female, the female is fixed. Please contact me at [email protected] if you can help us find a good home for our pets. Thanks, Cam & Mel
posted by (empty name), on 2015-09-18 18:30:34
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I am from Visalia California and I am moving to Phoenix Arizona by the first of August I have a 2yr old pit Bull I am moving in with my sister and she doesnt want a dog that big there. So I need to find her a good place that can find her a good home. I am so despressed can you please help me or give me information where I can place her before I leave...ty angie
posted by AngieVillaPruneda, on 2015-07-28 01:55:37
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Pleas help! Due to my health issus and having to move i need homes for my babies! They are good dogs! Because of how sick i am they are used to being right nest to me lots of the time- paper trained for inside and they don't destroy the house!They are jack russell//chihuahua- i have the mom and dad- very loving and protective. please give them a new home it's really killing me thinking ofthem having to go to the pound thank you god bless rhonda 661-817-7752
posted by RhondaTaylor, on 2015-03-20 13:07:52
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I viewed your website and found no recent reviews or comments. I have recently lost our country home and need to find shelter for our animals (4 to 6 of our dogs) over the years people had abandoned these animal's near our property and we felt it our obligation to nurture them and love them as family. Please help us. Its hard enough for us to give them up but they deserve a better life than we can now provide.
posted by kennyhas4ks, on 2014-12-23 22:12:51
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Hi I have a dog that I rescued in the beginning of January. I had been feeding him since October but he was so afraid he would let me touch him . After several months one day I was taking him food called him to come eat cause he wasn't around and when I was walking back home he comes up to me jumping and playing with me he followed me home . I have been fostering him for these couple of months but I have 5 other dogs and 3 cats . I have an alpha dog who has a hard time being around other male dogs . And well I have foster Charlie almost 4 months and my landlord doesn't allow me to have more pets. I had hopes of finding him a home but it turned out that the people who said they would help haven't . Can you take him in? I have pictures of him before on the streets when he was abandoned . We think he was probably beaten and left on the streets since he always came back to the same place my guess is he was waiting for them to come back. I really need help.
posted by preciouslove200702, on 2014-03-26 10:49:32