Californian analysis: Spay-neuter efforts saving lives at shelters

Adoptable dogs come in all shapes and sizes at the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center on South Mount Vernon Avenue.

Kern County’s stray and abandoned pets aren’t out of the woods yet.

But a review of 18 months of data shows a glimmer of long-term hope that, after years of failure, this high-kill community might be turning things around.

The question now is, can the progress be sustained?

City of Bakersfield and county of Kern animal shelters euthanized a combined total of 13,948 animals in 2014 and another 6,470 in the first six months of 2015, according to The Californian’s latest look at the numbers, which it has been doing every year for more than a decade.

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