The START-Sweethearts

These animals are all receiving long-term care which may include things like training, boarding, medical care, rehabilitation, and surgery.  PLEASE PICK YOUR SWEETHEART below and your donation will go directly to them!  You can also choose to gift your sponsorship to someone else. 

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Bakersfield Strays is a collaboration of individuals working to save dogs dumped in the deserts in Bakersfield and prevent the future dumping of dogs. Dogs abandoned in the area often do not survive the harsh environment and are unfixed, leading to further disaster. START Rescue's donors are the primary funders of the Bakersfield Strays mission.

10-year-old STANLEY was found wandering the streets of Porterville, CA. STANLEY is a senior and sleeps most of the day. (He snores loudly.) He has some missing patches of hair but is very chill.  He has been rescued and we will pay his medical bills!


It's kitten season and our partner  Luxe Paws is saving kittens and adults right off the streets in L.A. We work with them to get them vetted and homed. Your donation will help to cover the costs to vaccinate, alter, and rescue-transport them to their new home states!


Hello I am STARSKY. I was rescued from a dog-meat slaughterhouse in S. Korea. I am very afraid of people and I have a tendency to lash out when I am restrained by a leash. I am in special boarding training where they are teaching me how to behave, and how to TRUST humans for the very first time. When I am ready, I will be up for adoption. 

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I am Rocky, I was found begging for help in the desert area, cold and hungry. I was approaching every person I saw and was clearly upset! Someone finally took me in, but they cannot keep me or afford to pay for my care. I have been recovering from the whole ordeal. I may have a low thyroid problem, but the vets are figuring that out now! I have been with START since November.

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Wiggly butt LUIS LUIS (like the song!) was stuck in a shelter for weeks and weeks. He was becoming kennel stressed, the wiggle-butt was no longer, and shelter staff knew it was a downward spiral from there. With the help of donors, he has been pulled from the shelter!


He is now in a training/boarding facility getting the attention he desperately needed to get that tail wagging again. We are paying for the boarding and training (because we love a wigglebutt!) and will get him fixed in August or September (as soon as an appointment pops up.)

TRUDI was brought to the Bakersfield Shelter Thursday, October 13th, 2022 after being chained up for who knows how long,and attacked by two dogs (multiple times it seems). The shelter removed the embedded chain to find TRUDI's neck infested with maggots. This poor dog had suffered a lifetime of misery.  Now we aim to get her well emotionally, and physically. YOU can help! She will need a LOT of medical nurturing. Click the link below and then select TRUDI.