Sponsor pays for free pet adoptions at Kern County Animal Services


For the past five years, Kern County Animal Services has offered $11 adoptions for 11 hours on June 11. The event is part of the “Just One Day” pledge that many animal shelters nationwide take to focus on adoption instead of euthanasia for one day.

But this year, North Bakersfield Toyota and Bill Wright Toyota stepped in to sponsor all adoptions for two days instead of one.

“It was a generous offer from them–just a great way to support the idea of ‘No Kill Kern County’ and another example of a business in the community believing that we can achieve that,” said Nick Cullen, the animal services director at KCAS.

The Bakersfield shelter even extended its hours for the occasion, and the Mojave and Lake Isabella locations also offered the free adoption promotion.

Cullen’s goal was to place all 95 of its animals into homes by the end of the sponsorship–a goal KCAS came very close to meeting.

“The idea of adopting from a shelter–it’s humane, it saves a life, and if you’re already looking to add to your family with a dog or a cat or any other animal,” Cullen said. “They need love just like any other animal.”

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