Changes Implemented at Bakersfield Animal Care Center Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Changes are being implemented at the Bakersfield Animal Care Center and by Bakersfield Animal Control Services due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Bakersfield Animal Care Center Shelter and City of Bakersfield Animal Control Field Services unit have implemented new protocols as part of the ongoing COVID19 response. These protocols are out of an abundance of caution to protect staff and the community at large.

These processes are meant as precautions to help prevent the possible spread of and exposure to COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. The City of Bakersfield continues working closely with the Kern County Department of Public Health, the Office of Governor Newsom and the Centers for Disease Control, with regards to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis; please see the City website at:

Beginning Thursday, 3/19/20:

Animal Control Field Services
Animal impounds will be limited to:
• Stray aggressive
• Stray sick or injured
• Animal cruelty cases requiring immediate medical care
• Stray confined dogs, if necessary
• All licensing should be completed on the city website online licensing module at
Call 661-326-3436 for Field Services only

Animal Care Center
• In order to observe prudent social distancing guidelines, the Animal Care
Shelter, 201 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue, will be closed to non-essential operations,
i.e. walk-in visitors or other foot traffic with no point of business with the shelter;
• All Owner and Stray Surrenders will be suspended, unless a dog or cat presents
as a public safety risk, severe behavior and/or urgent medical need.
• All Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) surgeries will be suspended.
• Additional Services still being provided by appointment only; as available:
o Lost/Found
o Return To Owner (RTO)
o Adoptions
• Transfer Partners will be allowed to pull animals, by appointment with the Rescue Coordinator

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 661-832-7387, ext. 201.
When you arrive for your appointment, please wait in your car and call 661-556-7687 and a staff member will assist you.
We are in need of Foster Parents to help us bridge this gap. Please reach out to us via Facebook Messenger if you are interested!
Please see the ASPCA guidance on keeping your pets safe during the COVID-10