alpha hillside   ALPHA Canine Sanctuary is a no-kill haven for homeless dogs. The 20 acre ranch, which opened in 1995, is nestled in the foothills above Bakersfield, California. To the east is a panoramic view of the mountains. Caretakers live on site so dogs will have full time care and protection.  They, employees and volunteers provide daily love and attention.  All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped and shots are current. The ALPHA dogs live in large, open runs, one or two to an enclosure.  All have ample shade and warm dog houses.  The combination of fresh air, wide open spaces and freedom from asphalt and concrete create a healthy, peaceful haven for the four-legged ALPHA “children”. During the summer the sanctuary is open to the public 10:00 am to 2 pm.  The rest of the year it’s open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  On rare occasions, the gates are closed so always call 661-391-8212 before coming.  Directions to the sanctuary are:  From Highway 99, take the Airport Drive exit.  In several miles, you will come to a four-way stop at James Road.  Proceed through this intersection (do not turn) and go north for 4.8 miles.  (As you cross James Road, the name of Airport Drive changes to Granite Road)  In 4.8 miles, turn right into a driveway next to a row of nine mailboxes.  In 20 feet, turn left onto a gravel road.  In two blocks the road will fork.  Go straight at the fork and follow the signs to the sanctuary. ALPHA Canine Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.  Federal ID number is 77-0398635.  ALPHA does not receive any government funding and is supported entirely by the generosity of animal lovers.  Donations, individual or corporate, to support the sanctuary or to fund ALPHA’s spay/neuter programs are tax deductible.