Animal Control seeks foster parents to take in underage animals too young to be adopted out

Foster parents needed to take in underage animals

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Thousands of puppies and kittens less than eight weeks old are brought to the Kern County Animal Shelter every year.

"I think I had four litters of kittens come in just yesterday," said animal control's foster coordinator Cheri Carlton.

State law prohibits the shelter from adopting out any animals less than eight weeks old.

Since the shelter does not have a nursery or staff to do bottle feeding, "if we don't find someone to help out with them unfortunately we do go ahead and put them to sleep," said Carlton.

Which is why foster parents like Jodi Varner are vital.

"These are puppies that are too young to be adopted out so its so much safer for them to go to a house where they don't have a chance of getting sick or have to be in a cage all day," said Varner.

Varner has been fostering puppies for four months.

Walter is her third foster puppy.

"It feels wonderful. I really love it. You can see how these puppies are they just grow and they get these little personalities and it makes it worth it," said Varner.

"Foster parenting saves a lot of lives. Since January we have saved over 100 animals," said Carlton.

People can spend two weeks to a few months fostering a puppy, kitten or animal that needs medical care.

Another way to help the foster program is to spay or neuter your pet.

"If you're spaying and neutering your animals at home then we won't see any of these babies come into the shelter," said Carlton.

Contact Kern County Animal Control If you are interested in fostering an animal from the shelter.

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