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  • Embracing the spirit of the Pacific Crest Trail: A call to support hikers

    Michael Puffer, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    As spring blossoms into full bloom, so too does the allure of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), beckoning adventurers from far and wide to embark on a journey of discovery, challenge and camaraderie. Stretching a staggering 2,652 miles from the sun-drenched hills of Campo, California, to the rugged wilderness of Manning Park, Canada, the PCT offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in the raw beauty of the western landscape. Tehachapi has two trailheads on the PCT. The first is at...

  • Pet overpopulation crisis: Kern County urged to spay, neuter pets

    Michael Puffer, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    In Kern County, the issue of pet overpopulation has reached critical levels, as evidenced by the staggering number of animals flooding shelters and the heartbreaking necessity of euthanasia. In February alone, Kern County Animal Services took in 935 dogs and puppies across three county shelters. Despite the commendable efforts that resulted in saving 689 dogs through adoption, returning to owners or transferring to rescues, 246 dogs still faced euthanasia. This crisis is further compounded by the fact that our shelters and rescues are consisten...

  • Rescue and responsibility: what to do when you find feral kittens or puppies

    Michael Puffer, contributing writer|Oct 28, 2023

    Every day, in the United States, more than 70,000 puppies and kittens make their debut in the world. This staggering statistic, while invoking heartwarming mental images of cute pets, comes with a somber truth - overpopulation. It's this overpopulation crisis that leads to the unfortunate reality of over 3.7 million animals being euthanized in shelters across the country each year. Kern County Animal Services euthanized 801 dogs and 521 cats last year alone. Female cats can be quite prolific,...