Pet Food & Safety Resources

Our pets depend on us every day to keep them safe, healthy and happy. As a pet owner, we may not always be aware of things that can be dangerous to our pets. This page contains many safety tips that we have put together to keep your pets safe throughout the year.

Veterinary Costs

Waggle, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to keeping companion animals and their families together. They strive to ensure that the lives of family pets are not cut short because pet guardians lack the necessary funds to cover the cost of vital veterinary treatment, whether for an emergency or ongoing care.

They have already provided over $1M to our community of 1,000 veterinary hospitals to save 5,000-plus pets, who were at risk of falling victim to economic euthanasia. Here are but a few of Waggle success stories, all with happy endings:

Holiday Tips

Health Tips

Pet Food Safety Net

Kern County, like most other areas in the nation, is currently facing some serious financial uncertainty. Unemployment, underemployment, unexpected childcare costs and a general uneasiness about our own ability to provide for our families is affecting our friends, family, neighbors, and certainly our own households. Kern County Animal Services recognizes the stress that these uncertainties are placing on pet owners. We love our pets here in Kern County, and we want to keep and care for them, because we know how important our pets are to our overall well-being. Animal Services Pet Food Safety Net program was started to help take one thing off of a pet owners list of things to worry about, and that one thing is pet food.

Thanks to a generous grant received from Maddie’s Fund, coupled with an incredible donation of pet food from the folks at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Kern County Animal Services is currently able to provide immediate, temporary assistance with a short-term supply of dog and cat food for residents of Kern County that are facing financial difficulties that could result in a loss of a family pet or pets. If you find yourself in a position where you aren’t sure how you will feed your pet(s) in the immediate future, we’re here to help.

Kern County Animal Services’ Pet Food Safety Net program is available to unincorporated Kern County residents at the Kern County Animal Shelter in Bakersfield on designated Sundays of every month, between the hours of 8am and 12 noon. Program restrictions are as follows:

  • A state-issued identification must be shown at time of pickup.
  • A new application and/or request must be made each time you are in need of assistance. 
  • Only one application per household will be permitted. 
  • Assistance can be provided for up to 4 animals.
  • Assistance can be provided up to six times, with at least 14 days in between each time of assistance.
  • Assistance will only be given on the designated Sundays between the hours of 8am and 12 noon.
  • You cannot add any animals to your household while utilizing assistance.
  • You may be required to demonstrate financial need for pet food assistance. 
  • Eligibility to receive pet food through the Safety Net program will be determined at the sole discretion of Kern County Animal Services.

Please understand that we can only offer this safety net program for a limited time, while our supplies and support last. Although it is our goal to help every pet owner in need, there may be times when we cannot.  

Please check our 2023 Petfood Safety Net Schedule