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KCAS Introduces LION Program for Petco Innovation Showdown

Have you voted for Kern County Animal Services to be the third and final organization in the 2018 Innovation Showdown? If not, head over to petcofoundation.org to vote for the shelter. You have until April 9 to cast your vote.

KCAS is up against eight other organizations who are all pitching innovative ideas on ways to save animals’ lives.

The winner will receive $350,000 to execute their idea.

KCAS hopes to win the money to use it for their L.I.O.N. program, which would allow inmates to care for kittens. The shelter is working with the Sheriff’s Office to make this program happen.

Nick Cullen, the director at KCAS, says in video submission that about 1,250 kittens get put down every year at the shelter because there aren’t enough foster families and foster homes.

Cullen says this program benefit both the shelter and the inmates in a number of ways. Not only are kittens being saved, but inmates can also learn to care for animals and learn to bond with them. The program will also teach them a skill that can land the inmates a job in the animal field when they leave prison, Cullen says.

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