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To improve the lives of the animals in our care, be timely and compassionate in our responses, educate the public through community outreach and, provide for the health and safety of the citizens and animals of Ventura County.


VCAS is only accepting animals who appear sick or injured. Stray cats should be left in place. Kittens should remain with their mothers unless she has not returned after 6-8 hours. Please do not take kittens to the shelter unless it is absolutely necessary!

Critical services available ONLY for stray animals who are sick or injured.  All healthy animals MUST remain in-place.  Do not bring in healthy cats as they likely have a family nearby who is taking care of them.  Field Services are only responding to critical, public safety issues.  Less urgent calls will be deferred.

PLEASE do not bring donations in-person to either the Camarillo or Simi Valley Animal Shelters.  Please stay at home.  HIGH PRIORITY items have been added to our Amazon Wish Listwww.Amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/V6KOK9PWRSF6.  Monetary donations can be made at www.vcas.us/donate.
Thanks you all for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.
For questions and assistance, please contact us at (805) 388-4341 or info@vcas.us.

Shelter visits are limited to CRITICAL NEEDS ONLY, such as:
- Those dropping of a sick or injured animal.
- Those picking up their lost pets.

The following are additional changes which are in effect until further notice:
       ·       The Simi Valley Animal Shelter remains closed.
       ·       The Camarillo Shelter is restricting all on-site, casual visits.
       ·       Pet adoptions have been suspended.
TNR/Community Cat public spay/neuter services are suspended.
       ·     Lost Pet Pick-Up:  Please call (805) 388-4341 before coming to reclaim your lost pet.
       ·       All public and community outreach events are cancelled including rabies vaccination clinics.
       ·       All non-critical services and activities are suspended.
       ·       Animal Control Officers continue to respond to public safety and animal welfare calls, but less urgent calls will be deferred until further notice.
       ·       All Field Officers will attempt to return found animals directly to their owners.
       ·       Field Officers will be donning Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) during all interactions with the public.
       ·       Pet licenses can only be processed online at www.vcas.us/licensing or via U.S. mail. Payment should be sent to Ventura County Animal Services 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010. License-related documents can be emailed to vcas_pet_license@ventura.org

These are very difficult times and VCAS is enacting protocols and stringent measures that may appear drastic.  This global pandemic has required all agencies and organizations to take radical steps that are outside the realm of normal operations and VCAS is not immune to this reality.  Nonetheless, VCAS is confident that we can endure these changes and continue to care for the animals in Ventura County with the help of the community.   

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who continues to care about and for the animals in our community, but we want to also do everything we can to help to “flatten the curve” and promote social distancing efforts.  As such, we are continually adjusting our services to best meet these objectives.” - Jackie Rose, Director of Ventura County Animal Services.

TAP/CLICK to view entire Press Release regarding updates to shelter operations and service changes related to COVID-19.

PRESS RELEASE 4        April 6--JR Final


TAP/CLICK on this interactive flow chat to know WHEN it is appropriate to bring kittens you've found. Kittens are better with their mom if they are healthy, happy and warm.



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Ventura County Animal Services has received numerous concerns about Peafowl within several Ventura County communities. Ventura County Animal Services does not catch or impound healthy peafowl. To better understand these birds, we have provided some information on Peafowl and have included some helpful tips to deter them from coming onto properties. We hope that these tips and facts will help residents from being harassed by these birds.

Peafowl Facts:
Native to India, Burma, Java, Ceylon, Malaya and Congo, peafowl are relatives to pheasants. The difference is in the plumage. The term “peafowl” refers to the species with the males called peacocks;

the females are called peahens and offspring under the age of one year are called peachicks. Peafowl are very hardy birds and live long lives. Peafowl can grow to a maximum of 10 pounds and can live up to 15 years in captivity, however the life expectancy in the wild is difficult to determine. They are omnivorous, obtaining most of their food with their feet. They come in a variety of colors including blue, green, light brown and purple. The India Blue peafowl is the most common in this area and the one with which people are most familiar. Peafowl are usually found in small groups consisting of one male and several females. The male attracts the attention of peahens by fanning its elegant upper tail coverts (the feathers that cover the bird’s tail, not the actual tail) over its back. The male’s tail train will lengthen and get fuller over the first two to three years and will have reached consistent length and quality at five to six years old. The peacock will molt the tail in late summer signifying the end of the breeding season. Peafowl reach breeding age at two years. Peahens usually lay clutches of three to 10 eggs in a season, starting in April. The incubation time for peachicks is 28 - 30 days.

What To Do If?

A peacock flies into my yard...
Generally peafowl will not attack or harm adults, children or animals. Try using some of the tips below to discourage peafowl from entering your property in the future.

Peacocks continually return to my property...
The best thing to do to deter peacocks from returning to your property is to remove food sources. Peacocks love birdseed, dog and cat food, compost, as well as a variety of plants and flowers. By removing pet food once it is consumed, covering your compost bins and exchanging plants that peacocks find desirable with plants that they find distasteful, you should be able to reduce the presence of peacocks on your property.

Helpful tips for deterring Peafowl from coming into your yard:
  • Bird Netting
  • Bird Spikes on fence
  • Visual deterrents that mimic large, natural predators
  • Sonic & ultrasonic technology (larger properties)
  • Plant garden plants that Peafowl don’t like to eat
  • Hose them with water
  • Install motion detected sprinklers
  • Make lots of noise using air horn
  • Let your family dog patrol the backyard
  • Bird balloons in the trees

I see an injured peacock?
Stay within sight of the peafowl and immediately call Ventura County Animal Services at (805) 388-4341. Make sure to tell them the bird’s location and condition. We will pick-up and care for the injured animal.

If you would like to read more about wild animals, please visit www.vcas.us/Programs-Services/Wildlife. Thank you!


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