BAKERSFIELD - The Kern County Animal Shelter has asked the city to house some of its animals before county staff leave the facility next month.
This comes after the Board of Supervisors told Animal Control Director Jen Woodard to reach out to the city.
City officials say it's still undecided if they will house some of the county's animals, but shelter staff says if it does happen, it will help tremendously.
"We're moving to an unknown location and we're going to be setting up basically from ground zero," said Shyanne Schull, Kern County Animal Control Deputy Director.
It's been more than a week since the city served an eviction notice to the county shelter, and within that time shelter staff says they still have nowhere to go.
Wednesday evening, Jen Woodard sent an e-mail to city officials, asking them to house some of the shelter animals.
Woodard wasn't available for an interview Thursday, but commented on the issue Tuesday during the Board of Supervisors meeting.
"We're hoping that we can reach out to the city and they'll kind of see the situation we're in and be willing to take on some of the animals that have come from city residents," said Woodard.
During that meeting, supervisors also directed Woodard to reach out to the city.
But, Assistant to the City Manager Steven Teglia said Thursday, Woodard's e-mail didn't provide enough clarity regarding the animals and he requested more information on how the city can assist.
"It would be a significant help to us to be able to relocate 400 animals as opposed to 800, and 300 as opposed to 600, whatever that number may be," said Schull.
The county has until September 30th to leave the shelter on Mount Vernon Avenue.
Shelter staff says they're still looking for a place to operate and have already met with an architect for possible ideas.
Under the current contract, the county must take all of the animals at the shelter, unless the city agrees to step in and help.