The Kern Project is committed to help Kern County’s struggle with its overflow of stray and unwanted dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens. Sadly, in recent years over half of the average 500 animals entering Kern County shelters weekly were euthanized for lack of space. A large part of the overflow problem is many of the low income families of Kern County cannot afford the cost of spaying, neutering, and vaccinating their pets. But, when an affordable option is available for the surgery, these families use the service, and are grateful it’s offered.
The County of Kern has been working hard these last few years to reduce these high numbers, and the amount of
euthanasia is dropping. Still, they need the outside help of Rescue Organizations like The Kern Project and Family Dog Rescue to continue the reduction. The Kern Project has pledged and is devoted to help the animals of Kern County, by raising awareness of these unwanted shelter animals and to fund spay/neuter clinics.
Marin County and San Francisco, where most of The Kern Project rescued animals are adopted, have very low
euthanasia rates; so for dog and kitty loving families who prefer to adopt their new pet, and help reduce California’s unwanted pet population, these appreciative creatures are welcomed.
Family Dog Rescue’s founder, Angela, has a soft spot for the street dogs of her children’s birthplace and beyond. When possible, we do our part for the dogs of the world by working with local partners to rescue dogs in desperate need of medical care from the streets of Guatemala, Mexico, Korea, Burma and other countries where animal shelters and vet care are scarce.
Founded in 2010 by Jennifer Jameson, Loup Garou Rescue is dedicated to saving black and dark-coated animals that are disproportionately euthanized in public shelters. Jennifer tragically passed away in 2014, but through Family Dog Rescue, her passion for saving the lives of black dogs and cats continues to live on.
This unique summer internship allows dog-loving, dedicated teens (ages 14-17) to become an integral part of our shelter. From shelter maintenance and dog walking to training classes, adoption events and more, our interns learn about the proper care and treatment of dogs, shelter operations and even get leadership experience by helping guide and mentor our high school volunteer groups. Applications open in spring!
When Angela Padilla started Family Dog Rescue, she saw a need for a more proactive and collaborative approach to educating adopters and the community about the health and humane treatment of companion animals. This was particularly urgent in areas where large numbers of stray dogs were being rescued by the organization. In response, Family Dog Rescue has been testing the concept of mobile community clinics that offer spay-neuter services and owner education. We hope to raise more money in the coming year to run our pilot program to help address the root causes of animal homelessness; including reducing unnecessary breeding and increasing owner education and resources.