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By Jamie Stewart
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Animal Control reopens for adoptions


Last updated 10/5/2020 at 5:01am | View PDF

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Shafter Animal Control is now performing adoptions and rescues.

Shafter Animal Control has opened their doors back up to the public while still adhering to the safety guidelines put forth by the County Health Department.

Nick Riddick, Shafter Animal Control officer, said that the building is open to the public, with everyone required to wear a mask when entering. They also are limiting the amount of people in the lobby at one time, so there may be a wait outside of the building if necessary.

Riddick said that since they began operations again, their rescue partners have stepped up and sent a number of their animals to different organizations, resulting in those animals finding their forever homes throughout the state. The Animal Control Department, even during the pandemic closure, was operating as usual, picking up strays, answering emergency calls and licensing.

Riddick said that unfortunately, due to the pandemic, they were not able to hold their low-cost vaccination clinic that usually draws over 100 pet owners to Mannel Park. He said that they would resume that offering when it was deemed safe and is allowed by the county guidelines.

It is also important not to forget about your pet's needs during this pandemic, Riddick said. Your pet still needs exercise and engagement, which can be a challenge in this current situation. But, it can also be used as a good opportunity to bond with your pets, making time for some one-on-one interaction. Riddick said that they have already seen some of the animals find homes since they opened back up.

Regarding Bakersfield's recent decision to allow hens within city limits, Riddick said the Shafter City Council has not had anyone voice interest about changing the city's ordinance banning any type of farm animal to be raised within the city.

"I could see people's points when the pandemic first hit, with the limited supply of eggs that were available that people might want to have their own supply at their house, but with the availability plentiful now, it is a different situation," he said.

If you are interested in getting more information on available animals at the shelter, or any questions regarding animal control issues, you can visit their Facebook page at Shafter Critters or call them at 661-746-2140.


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