Committee, public discuss Kern County spay, neuter program, feral pet solution

$250,000 set aside for solution

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Over 50 people showed up to an ad hoc committee meeting regarding the spay and neuter initiative in Kern County Tuesday night.  Veterinarians, non-profits organizations, volunteers and general public were invited to attend the meeting.

The meeting was led by supervisors Leticia Perez and David Couch

Officials said the biggest problem is in the 93307 area code where one fifth of the cat and dog population are running wild.

Animal Services says the biggest barriers against spay and neutering include cost, transportation, accessibility, and education.  

UPDATE: A proposed plan on how to spend the money will be presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting on January 28th.  This is the draft:

$100,000- spay and neuter voucher program

$50,000- mobile clinics

$50,000- non-profit organizations ($10k per district) 

$30,000- trap and release efforts

$15,000- flex fund

$5,000- education


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