With summer vacation drawing to a close and temperatures still hot, it’s a good time to sit back and enjoy this month’s articles. You will meet some amazing neighbors who are all making the world a better place, improving the lives of people in Bakersfield. This month is devoted to children and pets. The kids are all bright, shining examples of intelligence, kindness, immense talent and hard work. Thankfully, there are some remarkable heroes that have dedicated themselves to rescuing animals in need through their commitment, hard work and determination. Bakersfield is a special place with some of the most loving, caring and generous people in the world.

How lucky we are!

Note: While some of the stories contained in this issue are about some remarkably generous pet owners and rescuers, it is important to note that responsible pet ownership is key to creating a healthy and safe community for all of us. Please spay or neuter your pets. Obey leash laws. If you need help, reach out. And above all else, be kind.