Kern County Animal Services
Welcome to the KCATNiP (Kern Cat Advocates Trap and Neuter Program) information page!

Kern County Animal Services is proud to be one of the thousands of agencies in the United States embracing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the humane method to control the feral and free-roaming cat populations. Using this technique, all the feral cats in a colony are trapped, neutered and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular food and shelter. Young kittens who can still be socialized, as well as friendly adults, are placed in foster care and eventually adopted out to good homes.

As of July 1, 2013, if you plan to bring in more than two trapped cats per residence per day, you must now make an appointment. This appointment ensures that we have the space to house the cat(s) and can have them sterilized as soon as possible. We will be taking in a limited number of trapped cats per day based on the number we can safely and humanely house. Currently, this program will be operating only out of the Bakersfield facility and is a service for residents living in unincorporated areas of Kern County only. Please contact our KCATNiP hotline at (661) 868-6999 or email for questions or to make an appointment.
Below are links to downloadable and printable versions of how the program works and a trapper agreement (that will need to be signed for each cat entering the program).
FAQ - How our program works
Trapper Agreement

We also have a link to other resources to assist you with understanding TNR and how this program works. We encourage you to browse these links and learn more about TNR in general to help alleviate any questions or concerns that you may have.
Additional TNR FAQs and Resources

You may also contact our hotline at 661-868-6999 or email at for any questions that you may have.

We thank you for being a part of the solution to the feral and community cat problem in Kern County and for helping us to save more lives!