Dozens of shelter animals head to Canada

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Dozens of cats and more than a dozen dogs from the Kern County Animal Services Department are heading to Canada, thanks to rescue organizations.

Before dawn Saturday morning 53 cats and 15 dogs were loaded into a specially equipped transport van at the shelter on S. Mt. Vernon Avenue to make their way to Cats Cradle in British Colombia where they will have adoptive homes waiting to welcome them.

The cost of the trip was covered by Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation along with Unity Thrift Outreach and Rescue.

Large-scale transports such as this are coordinated by Kern County Animal Services staff and different rescues several times a year. But this one, according to shelter staff, has been in the works since the county was given notice by the City of Bakersfield to vacate the shelter.

Remaining animals will be moved to the new county shelter facility Sunday, Sept. 29. It's located at 3951 Fruitvale Ave., just north of Meany Ave.