3rd Annual “Mega Adoption” Event Meant To Bring Focus To Shelter Pets In Kern County
Kern County, CA.In 2013, Kern County Animal Services received an invitation to participate in the NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) adoption event in Los Angeles, hosted by the Best Friends Animal Society. County staff loaded up supplies, along with over 75 Kern County dogs, and made their way down to the La Brea Tar Pits. Almost all of the furry four-legged family members that were brought to Los Angeles that weekend found a forever home. Staff was, of course, rejoiceful that so many animals were placed, but perhaps more impactful was observing the way in which the animal welfare community came together to find homes for so many shelter and rescue dogs. They also immediately knew that a similar large-scale, multi-agency adoption and family pet-centric event could bring Kern County’s animal welfare warriors together for a common cause.
2017 was the inaugural Mega Adoption event in Kern County, and it was a smashing success. Over 40 different agencies came out to the Kern County Fairgrounds to show off their rescue and shelter dogs, or family pet resources. Over 2,500 folks came through the gates, and over 100 animals from all over Kern County found placement that day. The 2nd annual Mega Adoption event in Kern County was even more successful last year, and this years’ event is gearing up to be even more successful!
Over 50 different local organizations will be present for the 3rd annual Mega Adoption Event at the Kern County Fairgrounds, Sunday, April 7, 2019 between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Kern County Animal Services, the Bakersfield SPCA, the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center, the City of Shafter Animal Control, Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, Have A Heart Humane Society, and Alpha Canine Sanctuary are just a few of the organizations that will be present with adoptable animals and to answer any questions on their programs.
“We want folks to come out this Sunday to find their next family member, we want them coming out to celebrate the work that is being done in animal welfare right here in Kern County, and we want our friends and neighbors to come show us their family pets that they love so much. This community needs to see how much we all truly care for our pets”, states Nick Cullen, Director of Kern County Animal Services. “It’s looking like it’s going to be a beautiful day, and we would love for the community to come out with their pets, even if they don’t have any particular need for what is available”. The public is welcomed to come out to the event to find their next furry family member, to obtain information on volunteerism, spay and neuter, vaccination or licensing, or just to show off their family pets. The organizers do ask that all pets are on a leash, or otherwise kept safe and under control. Over 75 animals will be available for adoption, with each organization setting their own adoption criteria and fees, in addition to:
- Ask an Officer Booth
- Bounce Houses
- Face Painting
- Bakersfield Police Department K9 Meet and Greet
- Dog Training and Agility Demonstrations
- Best Pet Trick, Best Dressed Pet, Ugliest, Pet, and Best Pet/Owner Duo contests throughout the day
- Photo Booths
- Make Kern No Kill Pawpuccinos & Pet Photos
- Awesome Raffle Prizes From
- Thurman Orthodontics
- Sorella Ristorante Italiano
- Caesar’s Deli
- Maya Cinema’s
- Rosa’s Italian Restaurant
- Dewar’s Fine Candies
- Woolgrower’s Restaurant
- Luigi’s Restaurant
- Frugatti’s Restaurant
- Noriega’s Restaurant
For information on participation, interested vendors can contact Kern County Animal Services Outreach Programs Manager Sally Breyer at 661-868-7136 or at BreyerS@co.kern.ca.us .
Where: Kern County Fairgrounds
When: Sunday, April 7th 2019 – 10am until 4pm
Cost: Admission is free!
Animal Shelters or Animal Rescue Organizations that will be participating:
- Kern County Animal Services
- Marley’s Mutts
- S.O.S. Dog Rescue
- A SafeFurr Place Animal Rescue
- H.A.L.T. Animal Rescue
- City of Bakersfield’s Animal Care Center
- Bakersfield SPCA
- Shafter Animal Control
- Unity Thrift & Outreach Rescue
- Pet Matchmaker Rescue
- Alpha Canine Sanctuary
- Have A Heart Humane Society
- Bakersfield Boxers & Bully Breeds Rescue
- California Turtle & Tortoise Club
- El Gato Villa Rescue
- Almost Eden Rescue
Kern County Animal Services has a goal of achieving “No Kill” in County Shelters by 2020. All operations, programs, and events are geared towards the support of that goal.