North Kern State Prison Warden Kelly Santoro presented a check to Chuck Nordstrom, director of the Bakersfield/Kern County SPCA animal shelter.

North Kern State Prison Warden Kelly Santoro presented a check to Chuck Nordstrom, director of the Bakersfield/Kern County SPCA animal shelter.

By Lt. Jose M. Martinez, AA/Public Information Officer
North Kern State Prison

Thanks to the charitable fundraising efforts of North Kern State Prison, a local animal shelter received a much-needed financial donation.

Warden Kelly Santoro recently presented an $1,800 check to Chuck Nordstrom, director of the Bakersfield/Kern County SPCA shelter.

He said the money came at just the right time with temperatures beginning to drop. The shelter will purchase towels, blankets and medication for the animals.

The SPCA shelter provides services such as adoption of homeless animals to new homes, low cost spay and neutering services, micro-chip identification placement, animal safety presentations to the community, nutritious animal food at wholesale prices and resources for animal care and grooming services in the area. They also offer pet insurance for all adopters for one month and a free veterinarian checkup.

Since 1950, the shelter has provided homes for over 125,000 animals. The Shelter provides temporary housing for over 400 dogs and cats at a time. The staff and volunteers make available shelter, food, medication, grooming and socialization for displaced pets so that they may be ready to return to the home environment.

Warden Santoro said the services offered by the shelter are only possible because of the generous donations of money and time by many community volunteers.