County hoping to attack animal overpopulation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Kern County Board of Supervisors is providing funding for the Kern County Animal Services as officials try to tackle pet overpopulation.

"We have so many unwanted pets come into our doors every day," said Shyanne Schull, director of Kern County Animal Services, "so we're trying to prevent that problem."

Schull said the county needs to tackle the task as a group.

Tuesday morning, the Kern County Board of Supervisors announced funding to help spay and neuter efforts in the 93306, 93307 and 93308 zip codes.

"Those are the areas we're focusing on," said Schull. "This money is targeted to address our overpopulation problems."

The county will split $80,000 between three independent nonprofit groups.

Marley's Mutts will get $50,000, and $20,000 of the funding will go towards Friends of Kern County Animal Shelters, with $10,000 going towards the Spay and Neuter Foundation.

Now, it's up to the nonprofits to put together a plan for how they will spend their funding.

Schull said they're hoping to negotiate agreements within the next couple of weeks. She's optimistic investing in these groups short term will help Kern County in the long term.

"By them assisting us, administering vouchers with their creative ideas, and their programs, we are going to ultimately benefit," said Schull. "Our community is going to benefit, and the animals will benefit."