Kern County Animal Services will only accept animals from 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 will have to go
through their city agency for this service.
Which agency will accept my animals?
Residents from unincorporated Kern County can bring stray, lost, or abandoned animals to either of our shelter locations:
KCAS - BAKERSFIELD3951 Fruitvale AvenueBakersfield, CA 93308Phone: (661) 868-7100FAX: (661) 868-7101Intake and Adoption hours: Monday through Saturday 10am - 4pm, Wednesdays 2pm - 7pm, excluding County HolidaysEmail: email@example.com
KCAS - LAKE ISABELLA14891 Highway 178Lake Isabella, CA 93240Phone: (760) 378-1131
*Intake hours are 10am - 4pm Monday through Friday, 2pm - 7pm Wednesdays, excluding County Holidays.
* Click here to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT to bring a stray animal to the Kern County Animal Services shelter at 3951 Fruitvale Avenue in Bakersfield.
* We strongly recommend calling the shelter first to confirm that there is space to house the animal.
* When bringing in an animal:
* Found animals will be added to our Lost Animals Search as soon as possible. The animals will be held for 3 business days to allow the owner to claim their pet. If they are not claimed within this period, and are deemed adoptable, they will be added to the Adoptable Pets Search.
Good Samaritan FeesThere is no fee for turning in a stray, lost, or abandoned animal that does not belong to you.
Owner Surrender FeesThe shelter is not accepting owner surrenders at this time.
Deceased PetDelivered to the shelter: $10
Commercial Turn-in FeesDelivered to the shelter: $15 per animal
Animal Services is unable to accept owner surrenders at this time. We encourage pet owners to take advantage of the Home To Home website as a tool to rehome your pet, as well as the Rehome site by Adopt-A-Pet.
*If the pet does not have an ID tag, or if the information on the tag does not lead you to the pet's owner, have them scanned for a microchip ASAP! Local animal shelters, veterinarians, animal rescue organizations, some pet supply stores, and some members of the animal rescue community have the ability to scan lost pets for microchips for free.
*Take a picture of the pet and post on as many websites/apps/pages as you can. (See list below) When posting a lost pet, avoid providing information that only the rightful owner would have or know. If the dog has a collar, remove it for the photo. The rightful owner will be able to describe the collar. If it's a male dog, don't disclose if he has been neutered or not. The rightful owner will know. These types of details can be critical in determining who a pet's rightful owner is.
*File an online Found Animal Report here - Found Animal Report
*Turning an animal in to one of our local shelters should be the last thing you do. Unfortunately, many pets that are taken to our local municipal shelters can become at risk of euthanasia. However, if you do take an animal to the shelter, you have the option to put your name down as their "last resort". As a last resort, you will be called if the animal you turned in is at risk of being euthanized.
FYI - The SPCA on Gibson Street is a not a municipal animal shelter. It is an animal rescue organization. They are not required to accept lost animals. They have the option to turn an animal away for a variety of reasons. The city shelter on South Mount Vernon, and the county shelter on Fruitvale, do not have this option. They are required to accept stray animals, even if they do not have room for them. Which is why animals taken to our municipal shelters can become at risk of euthanasia.
*Regardless of where the pet was found, if you take it to a shelter, it must be the appropriate shelter based on YOUR address. If the cops in your neighborhood drive black & white cars you're probably a city resident. If the cops in your neighborhood drive white cars you're probably a county resident. TAKING AN ANIMAL TO A SHELTER IS BETTER THAN LEAVING THEM ON THE STREETS! An animal left on the streets is in much greater danger than an animal in a shelter. An animal in a shelter has food, water, safety, and at least a chance to live a long life. An animal left on the streets doesn't have any of those things. Speeding cars, cruel people, other animals, starvation, or disease will kill them sooner or later. Usually sooner.
*If you would like to adopt the pet as your own, the law says you must first make a legitimate attempt to reunite the pet with its rightful owner. Check for a microchip, post flyers and posters in the area the animal was found, post on social media pages and/or websites. Also, file a Found Animal Report as mentioned above. This is very helpful for owners looking for their pet since NOT ALL PET OWNERS ARE ONLINE OR USE SOCIAL MEDIA. If you are still in possession of the pet after 15 days, and the pet's owner has not come forward, you are considered to be the pet's new owner.
* KCAS does not accept stray, lost, or feral cats. If the animal is a feral cat, see additional information on the Feral Cat Assistance page. If you've found a litter of kittens, check the info here - Found Kittens.
TO CONTACT AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER -
Kern County Animal Services - 661-868-7100 (Weekdays 8am-5pm)
Bakersfield Animal Control - 661-326-3436 (7 days a week, until 4:30pm)
AFTER HOURS ANIMAL CONTROL EMERGENCIES -
Kern County Sheriffs Department - 661-861-3110
Bakersfield Police Dept. - 661-327-7111
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LOCAL ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS
Kern County Animal Services - Bakersfield
3951 Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308
Phone: (661) 868-7100
City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center
201 South Mt. Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307
Phone: (661) 832-7387
California City Animal Control
5000 Lindberg Street, California City, CA 93505
Phone: (760) 373-1115
Delano Police Department - Animal Control
1022 12th Avenue, Delano, CA 93215
Phone: (661) 721-3377
City of Taft Animal Shelter
1080 E. Ash Street, Taft, CA 93268
Phone: (661) 763-1227
McFarland Animal Control
401 W. Kern Avenue, McFarland, CA 93250
Phone: (661) 792-2121
Ridgecrest Animal Control
411 San Bernardino Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Phone: (760) 499-5190
City of Shafter Animal Control
18849 S. Shafter Avenue, Shafter, CA 93263
Phone: (661) 746-2140
City of Wasco Animal Control Division
746 8th Street, Wasco, CA 93280
Phone: (661) 758-7220
Kern County Animal Services - Lake Isabella
14891 Highway 178, Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Phone: (760) 378-1131
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