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BACC, Animal Control Change Availability of Services Due to COVID-19

The Bakersfield Animal Care Center Shelter and City of Bakersfield Animal Control Field Services unit have once again implemented new protocols as part of the ongoing COVID-19 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:

As a friendly reminder we must limit our resources to critical needs only.

These include the following:

Animal Control Field Services

Animal impounds will be limited to:

  • Stray aggressive
  • Stray sick or injured
  • Animal cruelty cases requiring immediate medical care
  • Confined strays as necessary
  • All licensing renewals should be completed on the city website online licensing module at

Call 661-326-3436 for Emergency Field Service Calls only.

Animal Care Center

  • The Animal Care Shelter, 201 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue, is 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 are 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 are suspended.
  • If you see a healthy stray cat or dog or mothers and kittens, leave them be!
  • Services still being provided by appointment only; 10am-2pm Tuesday through Saturday: This is a Change from 10am-4pm as previously stated.
    • Lost/Found
    • Return To Owner (RTO)
    • 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.

If you lost your pet, please check our website first!

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 epidemic.