North Kern SP donates $1,800 to animal shelter

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.

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4 Responses

  1. Cindy Kisling Wednesday, November 2, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Great job! These shelters are always in need of donations. You can always check their Amazon wish lists if they have one and send what they need. You always don’t have control over a monetary donation. I don’t know the area but also curious as an answer to the above question about why the donation wasn’t made to a shelter located only a mile from the prison.

  2. Mardu Hanzalik Wednesday, November 2, 2016 / 10:36 am

    That is just wonderful! I give to the Front Street Animal Shelter in our town. The staff there are so caring and help so many animals in need. Wish we could give to them all.

  3. Natalie Wednesday, November 2, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Any donation to animal shelters is great, but I am wondering why not make a donation to the Animal Shelter located a mile from North Kern State Prison?

  4. T.M. Wednesday, November 2, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Awesome! Good job!

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