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Kern County Animal Services reopens its Bakersfield shelter for limited services


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Animal Services reopened its Bakersfield shelter today.

The shelter, located at 3951 Fruitvale Ave., is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Wednesday, which is open from 2-7 p.m. KCAS said appointments will be needed for most services and that visitors are required to wear face coverings at the shelter.

The shelter said it has implemented social distancing procedures and have added shields to work spaces to protect employees.

“All of our staff and volunteers are incredibly motivated to get back to the business of saving shelter pets, and supporting this community. We ask for patience as we navigate our way through this new normal of animal welfare during a pandemic,” KCAS Director Nick Cullen said in a news release.

Only the Bakersfield shelter is open at this time, the department said, as the Mojave and Lake Isabella facilities are staying closed until further notice.

KCAS said it will not be accepting healthy cats for intake, although sick or injured stray or unknown cats will still be taken in. The department is also not currently offering the option for pet owners to surrender their animals to the shelter.

KCAS’ vaccine clinics will not be available to the community until a later date. This includes both Wednesday evening clinics in addition to weekend clinics in parks throughout the community, the department said.

Vouchers for spaying and neutering of owned pets will not be available until further notice, according to the department.

For more information, call KCAS at 661-868-7100.

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