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Bakersfield City animal services new protocols amid COVID-19

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 19:05:23-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Animal Care Center Shelter and City of Bakersfield Animal Control Field Services unit have once again implemented new protocols as part of the ongoing COVID-19 response.

These protocols are out of an abundance of caution to protect staff and the community at large. The Animal Care Shelter, located at 201 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue, is closed to all non-essential operations.

All owner/stray surrenders are suspended unless the animal is considered a public safety risk, or shows severe behavior and/or urgent medical need.

For the time being, animal impounds and Animal Control Field Services will be limited to:

  • stray aggressive animals
  • stray sick or injured animals
  • animal cruelty cases requiring immediate medical care
  • stray aggressive animals

The city is asking all licensing renewals be completed online.

All trap-neuter-return surgeries are suspended. The City is asking the public if they see a healthy stray cat or dog or mothers and kittens, leave them be.

Services still being provided by appointment only:

  • Lost/Found
  • Lost/Found
  • Adoptions

These services will now be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. When you arrive for your appointment, please wait in your car and call 661-556- 7687 and a staff member will assist you.
Transfer Partners will be allowed to pull animals, by appointment with the Rescue Coordinator. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 661-832-7387, ext. 201.

If you have a lost pet, you can check the City's website.

If you would like to foster an animal, you can sign up here.