Within only two days, tails of “The Bakersfield 6” have already gotten over 170 likes on their facebook page. The puppies, located in the Kern Animal Shelter in Bakersfield, California bring back memories to Lori Jolly and the rest of her volunteers at Jericho’s Promise Animal Rescue.
During the summer of 2011, Lori and the rest of Jericho’s Promise rescued a mother dog who became known as Scarlett, and her 8 puppies known as “The Bakersfield 9” from the Kern Animal Shelter in Bakersfield. “Scarlett” and her puppy “Annie” of the group, are still available for adoption through Jericho’s Promise Animal Rescue.
When asked about her rescued animals Lori Jolly said, “Every animal we rescue has to have the perfect home. We match people based upon the needs of both the animal and the owner. It takes a lot of time, money and effort for us to save these dogs and we just want them to be happy for the rest of their lives. The last thing I would ever want is to see one of our dogs or cats back in the shelter. I always tell people no matter how many years it is from now that if they can no longer keep their pet from our rescue to call me. My number will never change because of the love I have for those animals. I have to make sure that they always have a home, no matter what the cost.”
Now with similar situations arising as those she saw with “The Bakersfield 9” Lori is seeking help from the local community of San Diego for fostering and volunteering with their newest mission to rescue these six puppies from death in Bakersfield.
The Kern Animal Shelter has been working with other volunteers to test the puppies for any type of diseases or illness before releasing them to Lori’s rescue. They ran a parvo test that gave good news of having a negative reading. However, other testing and a check-up from the veterinarian will also be taking place.
The puppies have been given names already to identify them. The little Beatle babies “John, Paul, George and Ringo” as well as their two sisters “Adele and Etta James” seem to have a light of hope at the end of their tunnel.
Lori says, “The rescue of these puppies has inspired many people to come together to help them. It is wonderful to see the rescue community working so hard to save them.”
Jericho’s Promise and their volunteers have been working night and day to save these dogs along with several others. Their rescue efforts do not go unnoticed. In the fall of 2011, Lori and her rescue group also saved a family of pit bull mixes who were severely emaciated and near death. “Jack and Diane” along with their puppies “Jonah and Noah” are now listed for adoption through the Jericho’s Promise website. They also have a facebook page themselves and have been featured on San Diego 6 news.
Lori Jolly said, “This is what I do. It is important to me to try to save as many of them as possible. I know I cannot save them all, but I try my hardest to save the ones who are the most urgent. The ones who are going to die the day I walk into the shelter, the sickest of the sick, the worst cases, those are what I fight so hard to save. It is so important for us to educate people on why they should spay and neuter their animals so that this problem with unwanted litters being dumped at shelters will stop.”
The story of “The Bakersfield 6” is yet another set of puppies that have pulled at the heart strings of those at Jericho’s Promise. The puppies look similar to many of those who were members of “The Bakersfield 9”. Many volunteers jumped onboard to help the future rock star pups and are fighting for the lives of these precious souls. Trudy Ashworth, who also assists other rescue groups in Bakersfield, California was kind enough to assist Jericho’s Promise from such a far distance by visiting the puppies and the shelter staff.
Lori stated, “It takes people like her to save lives. Trudy is an amazing person and I value everything she does for the animals. Without her, these babies may not have made it. She has been keeping us updated on the status of these puppies while we arrange for fosters and transport as well as vetting costs for the Bakersfield six. Our most important need is assistance with funding and fostering in these types of situations. We are always searching for volunteers to help out so we can continue saving lives.”
Networking is important in these types of situations. The social media site ”Facebook” has become a super network for saving lives. Although there are some individuals who do not utilize the website for the better of the animals, many people who have their hearts and minds in the right place do spend the majority of their time cross-posting to save lives.
“The Bakersfield 6” is sure to bring a lot of happiness to everyone who follows their story. You cannot help but to fall in love with their adorable faces as they wait in hope of a life of happiness outside of the shelter walls.
Jericho’s Promise Animal Rescue has saved over fifty animals within the short ten months they have operated as a rescue. They have been featured on local news stations as well as many online editorials and blogs such as stubbydog.org. Their first coverage on “The Examiner” can be read here: http://modenook.com/animal-welfare-in-detroit/a-promise-to-jericho
For updates on “The Bakersfield 6” follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bakersfield-6/379164618762155
For information on how to foster or adopt “The Bakersfield 6” or any of the other animals available from this rescue, please visit their website at http://www.jerichospromise.weebly.com/current-adoptables.html or on their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/jerichospromise
You may also reach Lori Jolly directly if you wish to assist or volunteer for her rescue or other animals in need at 619-962-1170. Fosters must be located within 200 miles of San Diego, California.
Donations for “The Bakersfield 6” can be made at the following: http://jerichospromise.chipin.com/the-bakersfield-6 or you can donate directly through paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOLLOW JERICHO’S PROMISE ANIMAL RESCUE ON FACEBOOK IF YOU WISH TO ADOPT A DOG OR CAT! THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR FOSTERS AS WELL http://www.facebook.com/jerichospromise!
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