"Our Giving Garden" at Anderson Acres

Where Community & Service Meet

Anderson Acres, in Southeast Bakersfield, has long been a care facility for pets. Beginning in 1970 the services offered were boarding, grooming, and dog training services. in 1985, we expanded our services to include Transportation services for dogs, cats, and caged pets. Community Service has always been a way of life for the Anderson Family, and believe it is a vital part of operations at Anderson Acres, hosting educational events and seminars , serving as a community classroom for Kern County Regional Occupational Programs (20 years), West Side Regional Occupational Programs and as a designated location for the housing of animals in an emergency, such as fire, flood or earthquake, per Kern County Fire Department Emergency Services and Kern County Animal Services

In addition, under Fr. Jack Estes and Garden Project Bakersfield guidance, the Anderson Acres Community Garden has become a vital mission. With the help of local students, youth group, adults, and with the financial support of people and organizations Food is being grown to feed people in need. The Garden Project Bakersfield harvest the food and then donates it to the Golden Empire Gleaners to give to those in need.

Our Giving Garden at Anderson Acres is a not-for-profit project. No goods or services are ever sold, nor provided in exchange for contributions or compensation.

Community Service Schedule

Community Service hours for volunteers are available for the following Anderson Acres site and events:
  • Anderson Acres
  • Our Giving Garden at Anderson Acres
  • American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day
  • A Walk In The Park

We will post Additional opportunities as they become available throughout the school year.

The Garden

Rescue & Pet Placement


Our Mantra Consists of the Three R's

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Where Community & Service Meet

No animal should not be acquired casually or disposed of lightly. Anderson Acres works on its’ own and with other rescue organizations to re-home animals, doing all in its power to protect and advance the interests of animals and promote responsible animal ownership. Anderson Acres is not a non-profit rescue organization.

Sometimes an owner’s circumstances change and an animal is found to be unsuited to his/her present home. It is on these rare occasions that we are faced with finding a permanent home where an animal will be loved and respected for its unique combinations of qualities.

Community Service Schedule

Community Service hours for volunteers are available for the following Anderson Acres site and events: Anderson Acres, Our Giving Garden at Anderson Acres, American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day, A Walk In The Park Additional opportunities will be posted as they become available throughout the school year.

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American Kennel Club Event

Homes for Hounds

Where Community & Service Meet

Home for Hounds, a program bringing awareness to the needs of animals within our community, also promotes pet adoptions and fosters responsible pet ownership. Created by Janice Anderson, owner of Anderson Acres, and Kern County Animal Services. Local organizations hosting fundraisers can benefit from Home For Hounds, as do the dogs that are placed in new homes and the new owners that find unconditional love in a new dog.

Working with non-profit organizations, as part of their fundraising efforts, lucky bidders have the opportunity to “adopt a dog” from Kern County Animal Services, adding a new companion to their household. The dogs presented at these events have been thoughtfully selected by industry professionals and animal control officers. However, another dog (or cat) may be more suitable. This program allows for any pet available at the Kern County Animal Shelter to be chosen.

Included in the adoption package:
  • A new canine (or feline) companion
  • Adoption Package which includes adoption fee, immunizations, 1 year license, microchip, alteration, external parasite treatment and free veterinary pet exam certificate donated by Kern County Animal Services.
  • Gift Basket with toys and goodies donated by Anderson Acres.
  • Gift Certificate for 8 week obedience training workshop and training equipment (available at class) donated by Anderson Acres. The value of this certificate can be used toward other training programs.
  • A post-adoption grooming service provided by Anderson Acres.
If you are interested in Homes For Hounds appearing at your next fundraising event, for more information Contact Anderson Acres at 845-8955.

American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Among companion animals, dogs are unmatched in their devotion, loyalty and friendship to humankind. Anyone who has ever loved a dog can attest to its hundred-fold return. The excitement your dog shows when you come home, the wagging tail at the sound of the leash being taken from its hook, the delight in the tossing of a tennis ball, and the head nestled in your lap-those are only some of the rewards of being a dog owner.

Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it's a responsibility. These animals depend on us for, at minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you are considering taking a dog into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that dog ownership entails. If you already have a dog, you need to consider if you are fulfilling all your obligations as its owner.
The AKC and Anderson Acres are committed to helping dog owners raise happy, healthy dogs.

American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day (RDOD) offers an opportunity to learn about our canine companions, our responsibility to them and how much enjoyment they can bring to our lives. There are a multitude of activities available to that can be enjoyed with a canine companion. Come to an event near you.

Anderson Acres has been the Kern County host and sponsor for American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day since its’ inception September 2002 by the AKC. It has become an annual event throughout communities all over the country. And Bakersfield is no exception. AKC RDOD, now co-sponsored by the City of Bakersfield is held on the 1 st Saturday in October and has grown each year. Featuring local dog-related agencies and organizations and offering a multitude of activities, including adoptions, micro-chipping, vaccinations and licensing by City and County Animal Services, Blessing of the Animals by St. Francis Parish Church, Country Canines Dance Troup, Agility, Obedience, Rally, Barn Hunt, Conformation, a Costume Contest, Canine Good Citizen Test, Pet Promise, Meet The Vet, Meet The Breeds and and so much more.

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