Our local Kern County Animal Control is participating in the subsidized adoption program with IAMS, Home 4 the Holidays. This makes adopting a new member of your family very affordable in this season where budgets are tight – adoptable dogs are only $20 and cats only $10. If you have been considering adding a companion animal to your home, adopting is the responsible option.
At any given day of the year, Kern County Animal Control houses hundreds of animals in aging facilities that are overcrowded and understaffed. These animals are often strays and sometimes “owner surrenders”, but all are treated with dignity and care by the dedicated staff of Animal Control. Being a county department, means that they are on a tight budget, and also like the rest of the county – are spread very thin. They rely on volunteers, rescue group partnerships, and donations to make ends meet and to care for these innocent animals.
In this season of giving, you have an opportunity to help the Kern County Animal Control folks and the animals they provide shelter for in a variety of ways. While finding forever homes for the animals is a primary way to help, here are some other ways you can help:
- Donate towels. If you are replacing your towels this holiday season (or just want an excuse to do so) donate your old, clean towels to the shelter.
- Donate blankets, pillow cases, baby blankets.
- Donate dog and cat food.
- Rain boots (I know it sounds weird, but not all the volunteers can afford to buy the big rubber boots and believe me, they are needed when cleaning out the kennels).
- Putty knives – clean but used is great – these are also great help in cleaning the kennels.
- Donate newspapers.
- Donate small boxes and shoe boxes for the cats. They are comforted by having small spaces that they can feel safe in. If you are giving shoes for Christmas, save the box for the shelter.
- Pick up a bin from the shelter and hold a drive for towels, blankets or newspapers.
- Volunteer. You can go online to get an application by clicking here. You must be at least 16 to volunteer.
- Apply for a job at the shelter. For some reason, most of the jobs are slated as temporary and can only be held for a maximum of 9 months. This means that there is about to be a huge number of openings at the shelter. Click here to see the positions available.
The dedicated folks at the Kern County Animal Control may not change the world, but they change the world for the animals whose lives they touch, and the people who adopt those animals. Please include them in your Season of Giving.
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