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Kern County Animal Services Intends To Help Animals Get Back Home During 4th Of July Fireworks

Kern County Animal Services will be offering several programs before and after the 4th of July holiday this year. These programs are ultimately intended to get animals that have escaped their homes as a result of the fireworks, back home, safe and sound. Every year, Animal Shelter’s across the nation see an increase in lost animals during the 4th of July holiday. Simply put, fireworks scare animals, and a scared animal will often take extreme measures to escape their home when the fireworks begin.

Effective immediately, Kern County Animal Services is offering to County residents, free microchips to all dogs and cats through Wednesday, July 3rd. Residents of unincorporated Kern County can obtain a free microchip for their dogs and cats by coming to any Kern County Animal Shelter, during normal business hours. City of Bakersfield residents can also obtain a free pet microchip at the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center’s “Microchip Mania!” event, being held Saturday, June 29th, from 8am until 12pm, at their animal care center located at 201 South Mount Vernon Ave. The first 125 City residents providing proof of address can obtain a free pet microchip at that event.

In addition to the free pet microchip offering, Kern County Animal Services will be rolling out additional programs also aimed at helping reunite animals lost during the 4th of July holiday with their owners. More information will be presented as similarly intended programs are made available, closer to the holiday. Lastly, KCAS asks for the community’s support for our pets during this holiday by becoming a pet foster parent, or a volunteer, or both! Our shelter is in need of temporary foster homes for kittens and large breed dogs, as well as volunteers for our kitten nursery. Staff and volunteers will be working in shifts to ensure that all shelter pets get a little extra love on this stressful holiday. Applications to become a volunteer with KCAS can be found at www.kerncountyanimalservices.org/how-to-help/volunteer/, and can be submitted via email at volunteer@kerncounty.com. For more information on becoming a volunteer, call 661-868-7130. To become a foster family for KCAS, applications can be found at www.kerncountyanimalservices.org/how-to-help/foster/.For more information, email foster@kerncounty.com, or call 661-868-7131.

Animal Services would like to remind pet owners that preparation is key to protecting your animals during the 4th of July festivities.

·Keep your pets secured INSIDE your home, if possible. Even dogs in fenced yards will find a way to escape the frightening noises.

·Update your pets microchip information early and often. Also, always make sure that your animal has some form of visible identification on, especially during the holiday.

·Use ambient noise such as a radio or TV playing to help comfort your pet when the noises begin.

Kern County Animal Shelter – Bakersfield

3951 Fruitvale Ave, Bakersfield

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10am-4pm

Wednesday from 2pm-7pm

Kern County Animal Shelter – Mojave

901 Poole St, Mojave

Monday through Saturday from 10am-4pm (Closed for lunch from 12pm-1pm)

Kern County Animal Services – Lake Isabella

14891 Highway 178, Lake Isabella

Monday through Saturday from 10am-4pm

Kern County Animal Services is one of the largest organizations in the Central Valley that rescues, houses and cares for lost and abandoned animals annually, enforces animal-related laws and acts to prevent cruelty to animals.

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