Kern County Animal Services to host free spay & neuter, adoption event this month

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 20:20:04-04

In recognition of June’s No Kill Effort Awareness Month, Kern County Animal Services is hosting two events this weekend, Saturday June 10th and Sunday June 11th.

This Saturday, June 10th, Kern County Animal Services’ Low-Income Spay and Neuter Vouchers will be discounted to just $10. Income qualified residents of unincorporated Kern County can qualify for a voucher to be used at participating Veterinarians to spay or neuter their animal for just a $10 out of pocket cost.

Additionally, the City of Bakersfield’s Animal Care Center staff will be available at the Kern County Animal Shelter, located at 3951 Fruitvale Ave, to issue spay and neuter vouchers to Bakersfield city residents, along with staff from the Kern Humane Society to offer all residents assistance with copays. Vouchers will be issued between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Both the Lake Isabella and Mojave County Animal Shelters will also participate in the discounted spay and neuter vouchers to County residents.

 On Sunday, June 11th, Kern County Animal Services is holding its 5th annual “Just One Day” adoption event. The Kern County Animal Shelter in Bakersfield will open its doors from 9am until 8pm, inviting the community to come adopt their next furry, four-legged family friend for just $11! “Just One Day” is a pledge that Animal Shelters can take nationwide to focus all of their resources on adoptions, and none on euthanasia, for just one day.

This years goal is identical to years prior, to find every adoptable animal in the shelter a loving home. The “Just One Day” adoption event will only be available at the Bakersfield location, at 3951 Fruitvale Ave.

 “If we are to succeed in our community-wide goal of achieving a ‘No Kill’ Kern County, saving lives through shelter adoptions and preventing shelter intakes through affordable spay and neuter are the two biggest ways folks can contribute to that goal”, states Nick Cullen, Director of Kern County Animal Services. “This one weekend has the potential to save literally thousands of lives through the prevention of unwanted litters, and the adoptions of hundreds of shelter animals”.

 Animal Services would like to remind the community that it is their goal to find homes for all adoptable animals. For the community to support that goal might mean something other than adopting a shelter pet. KCAS has a strong Volunteer Program, a life-saving Foster Program, always accepts donations, and offers information and services on available spay and neuter resources. For information on how to become a Volunteer, Foster Family, or on adopting your new family member, contact the general information line at 661-868-7100.

 Information on KCAS’ Low-Income Spay & Neuter Vouchers:

  • Vouchers have an expiration date of 30 days
  • You must schedule your appointment at a participating veterinarian from the list provided
  • Vouchers are non-transferable
  • Department does not issue refunds if voucher is not used
  • Vouchers may not be used with any other KCAS vouchers
  • Vouchers are issued to income qualified residents of unincorporated Kern County. Participation in a number of public assistance programs can be used as income verification. (Medi-Cal, EBT, AFDC, WIC, Healthy Families, LIHEAP)
  • Voucher covers the cost of surgery only
  • Voucher does not cover blood work, take home pain medications, vaccinations or any other veterinary services
  • Most veterinarians require your pet be current on all vaccinations at the time of surgery
  • If your pet is in-heat, pregnant, cryptorchid, or too young or small for some veterinarians to alter, some veterinarians may not alter them or may charge additional fees that the voucher will not cover


Bakersfield shelter -- 3951 Fruitvale Avenue

Mojave shelter -- 923 Poole St.

Lake Isabella shelter -- 14891 Hwy 178