what is the kern project?

The Kern Project is a mission to save the dogs of the Kern County Animal Shelter through rescue, foster and low-cost spay/neuter programs. Kern County has been overflowing with dogs and puppies of all ages for ten years. Sadly, over half of the dogs that came through the shelter in 2011 were euthanized for lack of space.

Northern California Family Dog Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit organization, saves great dogs from shelters all over California. Family Dog has created a special program to rescue dogs from Kern County and transport them to foster or adoptive homes in Northern California.

why kern?

Kern County was hit hard by the recession, which contributed to the shelter's overpopulation of unwanted, surrendered and stray dogs and puppies. There are virtually no low income spay and neuter programs available in the area, which adds greatly to the number of dogs and puppies that end up in the shelter.

Last year, Kern County took in 17,188 dogs and puppies. 10,814 of them were euthanized and only 6,374 dogs and puppies were adopted, rescued or reunited with their owners (see the statistics here).

how can I help?

There are so many ways you can help!

Donations allow us to provide medical care, transportation, food and other supplies for our Kern dogs. This is a great way to help our cause - the more funds we raise, the more dogs we can save! You can make a tax-deductible donation here.


Like us on Facebook! Spread the word about our cause and help us get Kern dogs out of the shelter by networking and sharing their photos.


Help with transports, adoption events, fundraisers or social media presence. Contact us to get started!

Fostering/Adopting a Dog

All of our Kern dogs will go from the shelter to foster homes, so fostering is a crucial part of our project. You'll save two lives - when a dog is fostered or adopted, we can save another Kern dog before their time is up. Contact us to foster or adopt!

Please join us in helping save the lives of thousands of dogs and puppies. With your help, we can make a difference in one of California's most overcrowded shelters.