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Wednesday, May 08 2013 11:07 AM

'First Look': Bakersfield SPCA pets, programs featured

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    Julie Johnson, right, executive director of the Bakersfield SPCA, brought a border collie to "First Look with Scott Cox." She talks with Scott Cox and Californian columnist Lois Henry about the pets at the shelter.

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The Bakersfield SPCA -- or more specifically a 3-month-old border collie, took center stage on "First Look with Scott Cox" on Wednesday.

The mostly black dog was turned into the SPCA at 3000 Gibson St. as a stray, and staff spent two hours pulling ticks "off this poor baby," said Julie Johnson, executive director of the Bakersfield SPCA, an independent, non-profit organization. But now the dog is ready for adoption, much like the other 150 dogs at the shelter right now.

Johnson explained that the SPCA can't take in animals unless there is room. Once one is adopted, space opens for another. The Bakersfield SPCA takes in almost 2,000 animals a year, the executive director said.

Johnson appeared with Californian columnist Lois Henry, and host Scott Cox said pet adoption, care and advocacy is one thing they can all agree on.

They also talked about the organization's book sale, which is underway at a temporary location near the former Michaels store at 3501 Mall View Road, Suite 113 and 114. The sale runs through May 25. It's open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Additionally, in June there will be an animal summit in Kern County for people invited to attend from animal control departments, the SPCA and rescue groups, along with veterinarians, groomers and trainers.

The idea, Johnson said, is to "bring everyone together who has a stake in this," Johnson said of animal welfare.

Everyone can intervene and help -- a groomer, for example, may spot something that leads to the suggestion to visit a veterinarian.



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