Kern County Animal Services receives $50,000 grant

Posted at 1:28 PM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 16:28:02-04

Kern County Animal Services today announced that it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its lifesaving programs like Foster and Adoption.


Kern County Animal Services has managed to find permanent homes for more animals than ever before. In 2016, over 5,200 animals found a forever home through adoption, over 2,200 animals through non-profit Animal Rescue Organizations, and over 1,200 animals placed in temporary foster homes. Those community-wide lifesaving efforts are certain to be enhanced through the Petco Foundation support.


The Petco Foundation investment will help to supplement the Adoption and Foster programs’ continued growth, in addition to contributing to a collaborative educational effort to increase the community’s awareness of homeless animals in Kern County.


“This funding will allow us to add additional components to existing programs like equipment and supplies for foster families, housing to increase capacity for care, and stronger promotion efforts to draw in more potential adopters”, states Nick Cullen, Director of Kern County Animal Services. “The opportunity that the Petco Foundation is affording Kern’s homeless animals through this grant is simply heartwarming. It is an opportunity for a second chance”.


Representatives from local Petco stores will present a check in the amount of $50,000 to KCAS to support their lifesaving efforts at the June 21 meeting of the Animal Services Commision. The Commission gathers on the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Conference Room of the Kern County Administrative Building located at 1115 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301.


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About the Petco Foundation


At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $175 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.