Thousands of Kern County residents made their way out to the fairgrounds Sunday to adopt new pets during the second annual Kern Mega Adoption Event.
“We saw Rocky and it was just kind of first sight,” Armando Cantu said. “We were like he has to be a part of our family. That adorable face of his, I don’t know just the connection there. He’s a very sweet dog, even inside the cage.”
Many, like Gail Jester, coming out to the event with the intention to rescue.
“You’ve got so many animals that are just out there and nobody loves them,” Jester said. “And they have no place to go and you just want to provide a good home, so we always like to rescue if we can.”
The event is put on by Kern County Animal Services.
“Anything that we can do, any events that we can put together to remind people that hey there’s shelter pets that are great animals that need your love and if you’re in the market to introduce a new animal to your home why not adopt a shelter pet or a rescue pet,” Animal Services director Nick Cullen said.
More than 30 different organizations come together with one mission.
“We’re trying to get to the point where Kern County can be considered no kill,” Cullen said. “So people can come out and find out how to to that. They can learn how to volunteer, they can donate to the department, they can find out how to become a foster parent, how to get feral cats fixed, there’s other agencies and programs available to.”
According to Cullen, 78 animals were adopted Sunday, but two organizations will not release animals until after background checks are done, so that number will likely go up in a few days.