Feral Cat Assistance (TNR)

Kern County Animal Services provides the program/service listed below only to residents who live in the unincorporated areas of Kern County (including the unincorporated municipalities of Frazier Park, Lamont, Mojave, Oildale, and Rosamond) or in the contracted cities of Arvin and Tehachapi. Residents of other incorporated cities should review the below list of Other Local TNR Resources or contact their city agency.

Which agency should I contact regarding feral cats?


Kern County Animal Services has relocated our Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program to Critters Without Litters. They will accept the first twenty (20) trapped cats on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. (two cats per day, per household). Residents must live within unincorporated areas of Kern County. Cats must be in a proper cage, please see below for trap requirements.

Community cats and feral cats must come in a cat trap. NO Exceptions. Please note that cat traps must be a minimum of 9”x 9”x28” or 10″ x 12″ x 32″. The small traps measuring 7″ x 7″ x 24″ are designed for ground squirrels or gophers. The small trap is not suitable for cats, and will not be accepted. Cats that come into the program will need to stay with your trap while they wait for surgery. They will need to be picked up next day at 7:30 a.m. Release is recommended late afternoon or next day.

The term "community cats" refers to any unowned free roaming cats. Community cats may include cats who have been lost or abandoned. Feral cats are those that are not domesticate and are not pets.

KCAS helps manage both Community cats and feral cat colonies primarily through our TNR program.

Black and White Cat 

Incorrect Cat Trap Size    Correct Cat Trap Size


Other Local TNR Resources

Still Have Questions?

Contact Critters Without Litters
(661) 831-6000
4300 Stine Rd. Suite 720
Bakersfield, CA 93313

Email animalservices@kerncounty.com.


We thank you for being a part of the solution to the feral and community cat problem in Kern County and for helping us to save more lives!