It isn't a sound one typically hears on the tarmac of Bakersfield's busiest airport.
Multiply those sounds by a hundred and one can imagine the cacophony that greeted reporters at Meadows Field airport Friday morning as more than 100 dogs from local shelters were loaded aboard three planes bound for the Pacific Northwest.
The fate of many of these animals might well have been euthanasia and a quick, efficient cremation.
But on Friday, thanks to volunteer pilots, donations of fuel and dollars, and a partnership between local shelters, animal control agencies and the nonprofit group Wings of Rescue, 107 dogs were in the air Friday morning and on their way to what organizers say are secure, loving homes in Oregon and Washington.
"Hundreds of thousands of animals in Southern and Central California are being euthanized every year," said Yehuda Netanel, Wings of Rescue's founder and pilot in command.
"These are perfectly healthy, loving animals," he said.
The Southern California-based organization flies twice a week to locations in the Pacific Northwest -- including British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon -- where there's a demand for adoptable pets.
In the four years since its founding, Netanel and his crew of volunteer pilots have flown more 6,500 dogs and cats to safety, many from Kern County, where the record of abandoned and unwanted pets has not always been a happy one.
But on Friday, staff from Kern County Animal Services and Bakersfield's City Animal Care Center were working alongside volunteers from Taft-based Unity Thrift Rescue and Tehachapi-based Have a Heart Rescue.
It was no accident the event unfolded at Epic Jet Center, where owner Erin Posey donated not only her time and business resources, but fuel for the planes.
"These guys are donating their time," she said of the three pilots flying Friday's canine cargo.
"It breaks my heart," she said of the thousands of potential pets that will never find themselves wrapped in the arms of a delighted child or counted as part of a loving family.
But Posey was elated by Friday's efforts, and wasn't shy about sending out a friendly challenge to local pilots to join the effort. She didn't mention names, but she suggested they know who they are.
"I'm speaking of specific tenants" of Epic, she said, smiling.
The county of Kern has struggled with a gargantuan animal control problem for decades. And many animal advocates say the problem will never be solved until an aggressive spay-neuter program is established that makes the procedure cheap, readily available and mandatory for the majority of pet owners.
But such top-down mandates can be expensive -- and unpopular in Kern. So local agencies have embraced more moderate spay/neuter efforts and attempts by Wings of Rescue and other groups to reduce the number of animals that must be put down every year.
Still, pet overpopulation remains a major concern in Kern, said county Animal Services spokeswoman Maggie Kalar.
The county is making progress with Board of Supervisors-funded spay/neuter programs, but the effects won't be seen for many years, she said.
In the meantime, partnerships with rescue organizations are "instrumental in saving the lives of unwanted pets in our community," Kalar said.
"No one agency can solve the problem," she said. "But together we can make a difference."