Two dogs abandoned in Bakersfield find hope with the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society

BUELLTON, California – Two dogs left on a mattress with no food or water near Bakersfield three weeks ago are being cared for by the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society.

The dogs, named Oreo and Graham because of their color, were found in an agricultural area outside Bakersfield.

After they were discovered, a local group called RAD (Rescuing Abandoned Dogs) went into action to find shelter for the couple. The shelter in Kern County is extremely limited.

After a few days, Oreo and Graham were in the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society.

Julie Cousino, the shelter manager for the SYV Humane Society, says dogs like Oreo and Graham aren’t always that social.

“They’re not always that loving or that social,” she said, referring to Oreo and Graham.

Pit bulls like Oreo and Graham often have a hard time finding a home forever, which is why the SYV Humane Society has drawn up a backup plan. They will relocate the couple to Montana to stay at the Montana Pittie Project Shelter and Sanctuary.

“When you see everyone come together and save in general, it takes a village,” said Julie, referring to the work of three different groups coming together to help Oreo and Graham.

“Nobody can save a dog, find it and do it over and over, and when you adopt an animal, it’s not always just one organization, there are many different people and places involved.”

For Ashlee Morawitz, a volunteer at the shelter, Oreo and Graham are a testament to the dog’s ability to forgive.

“The fact that they can be like this, so loving,” she said as she took the dogs outside to move.

“They just want to say hello, they just want pets, and they just want to kiss your face,” said Morawitz.

The Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society housed 350 more animals last year than it did in 2019.

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