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Meredith McRae takes a last look at her new dog she adopted Saturday at the Kern County Animal Services. She will leave the dog for a few days before picking him up and taking him home.

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This dog was one of many adopted during a Kern County Animal Services open house for the public earlier this year.

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Many dogs were adopted Saturday at the Kern County Animal Services during the official grand opening on Fruitvale Avenue. Here Meredith McRae plays with a dog she adopted and will pick up to take home soon.

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Many animals were adopted by families during the Kern County Animal Services open house Saturday at the new location, 3951 Fruitvale Ave. in Bakersfield.

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Kern County Animal Services opened its doors Saturday for its official open house to the public. Many animals were adopted out Saturday to good homes at a discount rate.

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Kern County Animal Services workers were extremely busy Saturday during the official open house and big adoption day for them.

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Kern County Animal Services employee Maggie Kalar plays with 9-year-old Ope, a black domestic short hair cat, during Saturday's open house.

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This puppy was already adopted earlier in the day during the Kern County Animal Services open house for the general public Saturday at their fairly new location.

Pets and people came together Saturday as Kern County Animal Services held a ribbon-cutting and open house at the new shelter location.

The events at 3951 Fruitvale Ave. included tours, the chance to learn about Animal Services' programs — and of course the opportunity to adopt a dog or cat.

"Our goal is to open our doors and share our new shelter with the public, encourage them to utilize the many programs we offer in the community and continue to remind everyone that they can adopt some wonderful pets from our shelter," Animal Services Director Shyanne Schull said in a news release promoting the event.

Californian photographer Casey Christie shares these images from the day.