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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.


Cat and KittenCats & Kittens:  C'mon in! Adoptions on a first-come, first-served basis Tuesday - Sunday from 2:00PM-4:00PM at the Camarillo Animal Shelter. Please do not schedule an appointment to adopt a cat or kitten. Those appointments will be cancelled. Dog Schedule Appointment 2.0Dog Adoptions:  TAP or CLICK HERE to schedule an adoption counseling session to adopt a dog.  An Adoption Counselor will call you at your scheduled time with information, pictures, or video of the dogs you are interested in.
Email for Rabbit AdoptionRabbits:  To adopt an adorable rabbit, please email the VCAS Bunny Brigade at  VCASbunnybrigade@gmail.com.  Please do not schedule an appointment to adopt a bunny. Those appointments will be cancelled. Email only, please. :-) Other Animal Adoption SchedulingOther Species:  TAP or CLICK HERE to schedule an adoption counseling session if you are interested in adopting any of our critters who are not a dog, cat or rabbit.
Only cats/kittens who are available for adoption on a given day, can be adopted.  Each cat’s Available Date is listed on their profile at www.vcas.us/pets.  Adoptions may end prior to 4:00pm if all available cats and kittens have been adopted.  We are unable to place holds on animals; if you meet a cat/kitten you would like to adopt, you must be able to take them home that day.  If you are still waiting in line after we have adopted out all available cats and kittens, we will kindly ask you to return another day.  The Camarillo Animal Shelter still remains closed to casual visits (i.e. walking around), and all Social Distancing Protocols remain in effect.  Please do not schedule an online appointment to adopt a cat, kitten or rabbit.  Those appointments will be automatically be cancelled without further email notification.  Please do not schedule an online appointment to adopt a cat, kitten or rabbit.  Those appointments will be automatically be cancelled without  further email notification.

Deadly rabbit disease detected in California, unrelated to COVID-19.
No danger to humans or other pets such as dogs or cats.

TAP/CLICK here to learn how to protect your rabbits.

Alley Cat Allies Logo$4,000 Grant Award Received!
Ventura County Animal Services was recently awarded a $4,000 Emergency Grant through our friends at Alley Cat Allies.  This grant helps buy cat and kitten food for those in need in response to the Coronavirus.  To learn more about the Alley Cat Allies, visit www.alleycat.org.  #thankyoualleycatallies 

Maddies Fund
$5,000 Grand Award Received!
Ventura County Animal Services was recently awarded a $5,000 "Foster Care Stimulus Grant" from Maddie's Fund to help bolster our life-saving efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.  This grant will help purchase mission-critical food and supplies for the nearly 3,000 who enter our foster program each year. This is all made possible #ThanksToMaddie!

Amazon Wish List
Monetary donations:  www.vcas.us/donate

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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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