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OUR MISSION

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.

ADOPTION PROCESS

UPDATED ADOPTION PROCESS:  Effective March 29, 2020 and until further notice, adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis and by appointment only.  If you have seen an animal you wish to adopt, please make an Adoption Counseling appointment at www.vcas.us/scheduling.  You will be asked to reference the animal's ID Number (example:  A684902). For rabbit adoptions, please email the VCAS Bunny Brigade directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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ADOPTION PROCESS

STEP 1.
 VIEW OUR PETS 
Browse our adoptable animals online or from our iPhone/Android App. You can also visit our pets in-person at either shelter location in Camarillo and Simi Valley.

STEP 2. COMPLETE THE MEET YOUR MATCH FORM The application will assist us in helping you find a pet that meets your expectations and lifestyle.

MYM Dog Adoption Application (MYM Reference Dog Chart)
MYM Cat Adoption Application

STEP 3. MEET WITH AN ADOPTION COUNSELOR When you find a pet that you would like to meet, you will speak with an Adoption Counselor who will review your application and help you decide which types of pets are right for you – including breed, age, temperament, etc. 
 
**It is the department's policy that any person recorded to be the source of the animal's impound, that turns over a stray animal to this Department has the first option to adopt the animal when it becomes available for adoption. The finder must be present when the animal first becomes available for adoption, and if one or more persons wish to adopt the animal at that time, the finder has the right of first refusal.**

ADOPTION DISCOUNTS:
1) Any dog or cats who is 5 years or older can be adopted for half of the adoption fee.
2) Any human who is 55 years or older can adopt a dog or cat for half of the adoption fee.
3) Fee-waived dog or cat adoptions for Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Only two forms of ID are accepted in order to receive a fee-waived dog or cat adoption under SB-245 (Pets For Vets Act Effetive January 1, 2020.) 1. A California Driver License with "VETERAN" printed on its face, or 2) A California ID Card with "VETERAN" printed on its face.  For more information, visit www.vcas.us/PetsForVetsAct. If you do not have either of these forms of ID, VCAS will honor a half-priced adoption discount for Veterans who have any form of idenfication, including a DD124 or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs card.

These discounts do not guarantee the adoption of a shelter pet nor do they include a pet license fee if applicable. All interested parties must meet with an Adoption Counselor to make sure the best possible matches are made.


4.
 PAPERWORK & AGREEMENT

CONGRATULATIONS! You've found your next best friend! All that's needed is do a little paperwork and pay the Adoption Fee. The adoption fees for small animals (rabbits, hamsters, iguanas, guinea pigs, rats, etc.) vary depending on species. All adoptions include lots of extras, like:

$90 (LICENSING FEES MAY APPLY)
DOG ADOPTION FEE INCLUDES:
$80 (LICENSING FEES MAY APPLY) CAT ADOPTION FEE INCLUDES:
Spay or Neuter Surgery Spay or Neuter Surgery
Bordetella, DAPPL4 and Canine Influenza Vaccinations FVRCP Vaccination
Flea Preventative Flea Preventative
Deworming Preventative Deworming Preventative
Rabies Vaccination (4 months of age or older) Rabies Vaccination (4 months of age or older)
Microchip with Free Lifetime Registration Microchip with Free Lifetime Registration
1-Year Dog License (if applicable) 1-Year Cat License (if applicable)
Free Health Check-Up Voucher Free Health Check-Up Voucher
Lifetime of Love Cardboard Carrier and a Lifetime of Love
   

Adoption Policy

Adoptions end 30 minutes before closing time. Make sure to allow for plenty of time to meet your new friend and get the adoption process completed. The shelter remains open for the last 30 minutes for visitors. We accept cash, check, money order, VISA, and MasterCard.

If you would like more information about an animal, we highly recommend visiting the shelter in person.

While the listing of animals that are available for adoption is updated every 30 minutes, we cannot guarantee that any of the adoptable animals will still be available when you inquire in person or by email. Animals are adopted frequently and quickly.

Our goal is to find homes for the animals so unfortunately we are not able to take requests to hold or reserve an animal.

A large majority of animals come to the shelter with unknown medical histories. Most veterinarians honor a free health check visit for a newly adopted shelter pet. We will give you a list of participating veterinarians when you adopt. Keeping pets healthy is very important; we do recommend regular check-ups with a veterinarian.

For more information, please read about Caring For Your Pets.