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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.

Caring For Your Pet

Here are some helpful hints for being a great pet owner:
  • Make sure to follow the rules that apply to animals where you live
    • Licensing requirements
    • Leash laws
    • Keep your pets properly vaccinated, especially against rabies
  • Make sure your new pet is treated with proper and humane care, always making sure there is food, fresh clean water, shelter from heat and cold, bedding, exercise and most of all, your love and protection.
  • Provide your pet with veterinary care on a regular basis and if the animal becomes ill or injured make sure you seek medical help from a veterinarian.
  • Animals are like family, they depend on you for care and companionship. Animals should not be used for fighting, experimentation, or any other unethical use. We hope you agree.
  • If you have other pets at home already, make sure to get them spayed or neutered to help reduce animal overpopulation, it is also a good decision for a variety of health reasons. We can give you lots of local resources.

Although we take every precaution concerning the health and well-being of our shelter animals, no guarantee of any kind can be given regarding the condition of an adopted animal. Please understand that any medical bills incurred for your pet will be solely your financial responsibility. If a medical issue arises immediately after adoption, we would be happy to speak with you about it.

Most of the animals come to us with unknown medical histories. Therefore, a complete check-up by a veterinarian is important. To ensure the happy and healthy life of your newly adopted family member, we urge you to have your pet examined routinely by a veterinarian. If an adoption does not work out for any reason, you may return the adopted animal within 30 days from the date of adoption.