Happening today, the Kern County Animal Shelter near Fruitvale Ave. & Meany Ave. is hosting its third annual Spring Foster Program Shower.
The department will have staff on-hand to speak to interested families on how to become a foster family, they will promote animals in need of foster care and will have fun foster related activities for the public to take part in.
The Foster Program Shower is also primarily how the Department gains such a large portion of the supplies needed annually to support our foster families through the "Fill the Crib" donation drive. Every year, the program receives donated training crates, puppy pads, canned puppy and kitten food, toys, heating pads and puppy and kitten formula that are used to fill a crib that is stationed in the lobby.
"This event is what helps us save literally thousands of lives every year. Not only do we receive so many of the supplies we need through the generous public donations, but we routinely welcome many new foster families during the shower! With kitten and puppy season around the corner, this is our busiest time of year," said Foster Program Coordinator Deanna Alwahabi.
Each year, thousands of puppies and kittens enter the care and custody of Kern County Animal Services. Many times, these animals are under 8 weeks of age and simply too young for adoption.
The Kern County Animal Services Foster Program is here as a safety net for those most vulnerable animals.
In 2016, over 1,400 animals came through the Foster Program and were eventually placed in a loving forever home. Without the support of the 70 Kern County families that have opened their homes and hearts to these puppies and kittens for just a few weeks, these animals would have had very little chance at survival.
The Kern County Animal Shelter in Bakersfield is located at 3951 Fruitvale Ave, Bakersfield CA, 93308. For more information on the Foster Program from Kern County Animal Services, please call 661-868-7131.