Kern County Animal Services

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community
  • Health & Medicine


3951 Fruitvale AveBakersfield, CA 93308 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Providing professional and compassionate animal services to the people and pets of Kern County through the promotion of responsible pet ownership and community resources, the prevention of animal cruelty, and the creation of a safe and healthy environment for lost, stray or homeless animals.


Kern County Animal Services is a department organization under the jurisdiction of the County of Kern. The primary function of Kern County Animal Services (KCAS) is to ensure public protection from dangerous domesticated animals and from diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. The primary activity of KCAS is the Rabies Control Program. The state law defining the Rabies Control Program includes requirements for the licensing of dogs, rabies vaccination for dogs, animal bite reporting, animal quarantine, stray animal services, and a shelter system. Other services provided to the public by KCAS include low-cost vaccination clinics; investigation of animal cruelty; dead animal removal and disposal; promotion of spaying and neutering; and public education.


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