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 is proud to be one of the thousands of agencies in the United States embracing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).  In 2013,  Animal Services launched KCATNiP (Kern Cat Advocates Trap and Neuter Program) as the humane method of controlling the feral and free-roaming cat populations. Using this technique, feral cats are trapped, neutered and then returned to their territory.  Young kittens who can still be socialized, as well as friendly adults, are placed in foster care and eventually adopted out to good homes.    Why TNR works (PDF)

This program operates only out of the Bakersfield facility.    Location/Directions

Other Local TNR Resources

How to Get Involved

  1. Trap the cats, using traps that are at least 9" X 9" X 28”    Trapping tips (PDF) 
  2. Fill out the trapper agreement (PDF); Important:  only two cats per household per day will be accepted
  3. Take the cat(s) to the Bakersfield facility.  Important:  cats are accepted only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 8:00 and 9:00 AM, and only 8 cats will be accepted per day;  traps must be left with the cats.    Location/Directions
  4. When contacted by Animal Services,  pick up the cat(s) on the same day between 2:00 - 4:00 PM and return them to the location from which they were taken (release recommended next day)

Still Have Questions?

Email animalservices@kerncounty.com.

Read more about the KCATNIP program (PDF) 


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!