Bland Solar has donated the materials and the labor to supply solar energy to the Fresno Bully Rescue’s new facility in Sanger.
The Bakersfield company finished installing last week an 11-kilowatt, 45-panel solar system for the new location at 11740 E. Belmont Ave, according to a press release from the company.
“We believe in what the Fresno Bully Rescue is doing and want to share in their mission to provide a temporary, transitional home for dogs, especially the ‘bully breeds,’” said Ty Simpson, regional sales manager for Bland Co. in the release.
After assessing the building, installers determined that the panels could nearly provide enough energy to eliminate electric bills.
The savings is anticipated to save the organization about a $1,000 a month, according to Bridgette Boothe, director of Fresno Bully Rescue. The energy will directly go toward keeping the dogs cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
This will offset costs so more money can be spend on outreach, care for the dogs, and veterinary expenses, which Boothe says is their biggest line item.
All dogs that come into the facility must be spayed/neutered, vaccinated as well as chipped in order for them to be put up for adoption.
That doesn’t include other medical treatments the organization provides for diseases like mange or kennel cough, said Boothe.
The organization moved into their new 4-acre facility in June of 2017, an upgrade from the 1/4-acre they had near Herndon Avenue and Highway 99.
The Fresno Bully Rescue helps all “bully” breeds, which include pitbulls, mastiffs, bulldogs, terriers—to name a few.
Since its inception in 2008, the organization has helped more than 5,000 dogs.