BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Pet adoption agencies around Kern County came together today at the Fairgrounds to match families with furry friends. Hundreds of pet lovers were greeted by curious sniffs. and plenty of wagging tails at what organizers have called a mega adoption event.
"We've never had anything in Kern County like this before where so many organizations come together to try and find animals some homes, and try to get support from the community for what they do," Kern County Animal Services Director Nick Cullen said.
More than 40 agencies joined forces to help dogs and other animals find their lifelong companions. It gave people the chance to see the dogs out and about - not confined in a shelter setting.
"This environment is much different than coming to the shelter. and so this gives everyone the ability to see these dogs out in the community, kind of see their individual personalities in a complete different setting," Bakersfield SPCA Executive Director Julie Johnson said.
Valerie Pena walked into the collaborative adoption event with one dog, but walked out with two.
"He was the first dog i saw when i walked in and I said, 'that one! i want that one! i want him! he's coming home!'" Pena said. "And sure enough, we walked the whole thing and ended up with Chauncey."
Pena wasn't the only one to adopt. Many people took turns taking pictures with their new family member. Choosing to bring in their new companions from local shelters instead of breeders or pet shops.
According to organizers, there were over 75 animals available for immediate adoption today. As of 3:30 p.m., 73 animals were adopted. If you want more information on pet adoptions, go to Kern County Animal Services.
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