Kern County Animal Shelter finds more homes for animals before big move
Last Updated: 87 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In three weeks, the Kern County Animal Shelter will be operating from its new home in Northwest Bakersfield. The recent signing of a new lease means workers will have a short time to move everything from one place to another.
The Bakersfield City Council did not make mention of the lease dispute during its regular meeting, but tells 23ABC the City is more than willing to give them more time to move if they need it.
Time is ticking and there is plenty of things to do before the shelter starts a new chapter.
"Busy, lots of things going on," said acting director, Shayanne Schull.
The line of people waiting to adopt continues to grow. Since ending its lease term with the City of Bakersfield, more than 500 dogs and cats and 270 rescue animals have now found new homes.
"It's great for us to be able to move out that many animals to get them successfully relocated into a home or a rescue and we are hoping to continue that support," she said.
The cost to adopt was lowered to help ease the move. People around Kern County have taken advantage of special deals and that's a good sign for the shelter and many of its occupants.
"My understanding is we have either no or very low population of cats. It's exciting," said John Nilon, Kern County Administrative Officer.
But there are still plenty of cute, loveable pets waiting to find a forever home and more adoption events planned for the very near future.
"We can't say enough about what our community does to protect its animals. Going forward, doing these adoptions. We're excited. We know that the last few days of this month will be days to adopt the last remaining animals before we move them. We're going to have events so that people can come to our shelter, take those animals home," he said.
County leaders plan to house all the dogs and cats inside, but the bigger animals will be outdoors.
The plan is to begin operating the shelter from its new location on October 1st.
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