Kern County Animal Shelter - Bakersfield

The Kern County Animal Shelter in Bakersfield is a full-service animal shelter serving residents of the metropolitan Bakersfield area and surrounding areas. The shelter is used primarily to house and care for dogs and cats, but if needed it can accommodate other animals, including larger domestic animals such as horses, goats, sheep and pigs and exotic pets such as birds, lizards, and rabbits. 

Some services (see list below) are limited to residents who live in the unincorporated areas of Kern County or in the contracted cities of Arvin and Tehachapi.

There are two other shelters located in Bakersfield that are run by other agencies.

Shelter Hours

Adoption, Redemption & Intake Hours

Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Licensing and Spay/Neuter Vouchers Hours

Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Appointments not Available

TNR Hours (What is TNR?)

TNR services are obtained through our partner Critters Without Litters. Additional Details

Contact Information


Bakersfield Animal Shelter
3951 Fruitvale Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93308
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(661) 868-7100


  1. Adoptions
  2. Lost Pets/Pet Redemption
  3. Licensing **
  4. Spay and Neuter Assistance **
  5. Vaccinations
  6. Micro-chipping
  7. Owner Turn-in/Surrender **
  8. Stray Animal Intake **
  9. Volunteer Opportunities

Services marked with ** are limited to residents who reside within 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 provides my animal-related services?