Kern Co. Animal Control shelter creates problems for sisters looking to adopt
Last Updated: 86 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Animal Control shelter is having a supportive adoption frenzy in light of their move from facilities shared with the City of Bakersfield to their own shelter.
Some potential adopters drive long distances to help the animals, but have run into problems with the shelter.
Two sisters drove an hour and a half from Antelope Valley--twice--to find that they could not go home with the dogs that they wanted.
"We fell in love with these dogs as soon as we saw them," said Jennifer Knott, one of the sisters who wanted to adopt a litter of Australian Shepherd/Beagle mix puppies.
Knott said she was told the puppies were not ready for adoption when she and her sister first saw them Saturday, Sept. 8. They put their names on a list of potential adopters, but the shelter's policy is first-come-first-served.
The sisters returned Tuesday, but were told the puppies would be going to a rescue organization Wednesday. They camped out overnight to be first in line Wednesday.
"Either they let me come in Saturday knowing the puppies were gone, or they gave them away after I came Tuesday," Knott said.
The KCAC director Jen Woodard was fired by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
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After leasing disputes, the city has given the county until Sept. 30 to move out.
The KCAC was tasked with finding room or homes for 700 cats and dogs. Rumors of mass euthanasia went viral, creating a public movement to find homes for the animals.
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The demand for adoptable animals was so high that the KCAC could not spay and neuter the dogs and cats fast enough. Outside veterinarians came in to help.
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