Lobbying for increased funding for Kern Animal Services

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The county hopes area animal shelters will go “no-kill” again as Kern County Animal Services continues to deal with overcrowding. One way they hope to solve the problem is to raise the shelter’s funds for free or discounted spay and spay vouchers.

It was discussed at Tuesday’s Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting, where they took the next step in getting a finalized budget for the next fiscal year.

“He has exceeded the allowance of $350,000 as he stated up to $400,000. He thinks he could spend even more and so I had the opportunity to speak to Mr Allsop last night as well an allowance of another 100 or up to $400,000. And from time to time, if he expands that, we would have the opportunity to add to that,” District 2 Supervisor Zack Scrivner said. “So , Mr. Alsop, I don’t know if you have any comments on that, but basically it’s about getting to 400 and if that goes over then we move, back up that level. In light of the fact that we are experiencing it, I will call it overcrowding. At this level at the refuge. I know our staff are doing their best to deal with it, but we’re packed in a way.

It was just one of many recommendations made during Tuesday’s presentation to the board. The county’s proposed budget currently sits at $3.3 billion, about $82 million more than the previous fiscal year.

A final budget hearing will take place on August 30.

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Jennifer R. Strohm