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Quarantine with a pet: KCAS looking for emergency fosters

Kern County Animal Services
Posted at 2:05 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 17:11:09-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Animal Services has started a drive-thru foster program to encourage locals to help foster sheltered animals while also practicing social distancing.

During the coronavirus pandemic, KCAS is closed to the public and no longer able to offer pet adoption. That is why they desperately need community members to step-up and foster.

Those wishing to foster can fill out the “KCAS Emergency Foster” document. Animal Services staff will receive that document, and will contact you as is needed.

A drive-through arrangement has been set up at the Animal Services Fruitvale location, where supplies will be placed in your vehicle. KCAS said you can provide your preferences for pets, but they will ultimately choose the animal you will foster.

Animal Services also needs the community to be aware that during this time, they cannot escort pet owners through facilities to look for lost pets. They ask that if pets are lost, please search their website or text the word “LOST” to the number 555-888 to receive links to shelter animals.

Animal Control Officers will remain on-duty during normal business hours for animal related emergencies only, and will continue to respond to animal emergencies after-hours.