What To Do When You’ve Lost Your Pet …
The most effective listings for a lost animal give the following information:
You don’t need anything fancy to get the word out about your lost pet! Grab a piece of paper and a marker, and get to work! All you really need is:
Flyers can be posted in local pet shops, shelters, grooming businesses, veterinarians, or any other pet friendly place (with permission from the business owner). Hand them out to people in the neighborhood who regularly walk the area.
Although finding a lost animal often seems to depend on luck, it is luck you can help make.
Your pet may not yet be listed in the records at the front desk, and the way you describe your pet may not be the way a shelter describes your dog. Sometimes it takes more than a few days for a pet to be picked up and brought to a shelter. Check the shelter’s website—many post photos of animals brought in.
It’s important to visit all the shelters within 20 miles of where your pet was lost. If someone took your pet in for a few days hoping you would knock on their door and ask about it, they might later drop your pet off at the shelter that’s most convenient for them DON’T GIVE UP!
Service Areas: All unincorporated communities of Kern County
Bakersfield Animal Shelter (Map)
3951 Fruitvale Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93308
County Shelter Hours and Website
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed Sundays and County holidays
Bakersfield Animal Shelter website
Mojave Animal Shelter (Map)
923 Poole Street, Mojave Airport
Mojave, CA 93501
Main Number: (661) 824-1030
Lake Isabella Animal Shelter (Map)
14891 Highway 178
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Main Number: (760) 378-1131
City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center (Map)
201 South Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
City Shelter Hours and Website
Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays and City holidays
City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center website
Bakersfield SPCA (Map)
3000 Gibson Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308
661-323-8353, ext. 2
SPCA Hours and Website
Monday through Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays and certain holidays
Bakersfield SPCA website
These companies specialize in locating lost pets, sometimes for a fee.
Amber Alert For Pets
International K-9 Search And Rescue For People And Pets
Karin Tarqwyn, Private Investigator