BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County Animal Services, formerly Animal Control, moved animals from the shelter shared with the City of Bakersfield on Mount Vernon to its new facility on Fruitvale Ave.
"It's a big day for everybody, we've all been anticipating," said Shyanne Schull, interim director of Animal Services.
The City decided to part ways with the County after a leasing agreement dispute.
The shelter has been closed since Friday in preparation to move. On Sunday, volunteers and shelter workers moved 289 animals to the new facility. That meant that they met their deadline of being moved out by October 1st.
"We still have a lot of work to do, but I think a lot of us will rest a little easier that we've gotten the deadline," said Schull.
Parts of the new shelter are not finished, but crews were working to get it ready as soon as possible. The new location was prepared enough so the animals could stay comfortably.
Only one of the three buildings at the Fruitvale location is ready to house the animals. Completion of the rest is expected by the end of the month.
Pets will be available for adoption starting Tuesday, October 1st, when the shelter will begin it's normal operation hours at the new location.