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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.

Spay and Neuter

Top ten reasons to Spay/Neuter your pets:

  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
    Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

  2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

  3. Your spayed female won't go into heat.
    While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!

  4.  Your male dog won't want to roam away from home.
    An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

  5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
    Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
    Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

  7. It is highly cost-effective.
    The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

  8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
    Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

  9. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
    Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.

  10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
    Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Post Surgery Instructions from Spay & Neuter (Click Here)

Contact your local veterinarian or one of the low cost clinics below to schedule your appointment today!

Voucher Program

If you think pet sterilization is too expensive, we can help!
If you:
  • Live in the unincorporated area of Ventura County or a city other than Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks or Oxnard AND
  • Your dog is currently licensed AND
  • The veterinarian's practice where the procedure will take place is in Ventura County AND
  • The sterilization operation has not been performed yet
VCAS will pay $40 - $65 towards your dog's sterilization bill!
Size Male Female
up to 30 lbs $40.00 $55.00
31 to 60 lbs $50.00 $60.00
61 lbs and over $65.00 $65.00
All Cats $20.00 $20.00

This 'voucher' absolutely, positively, MUST be picked up and in hand prior to performance of the procedure. Vouchers are available at either the Camarillo Shelter or the Simi Shelter or by calling (805) 388-4341 option 6.  All dog owners must show proof of a valid Ventura County license and a current rabies vaccination.
Cats do not require a license except in the cities of Moorpark and Oxnard.

Other Help!

There are other groups that can help with the cost of your pet's spay or neuter surgery. Please contact these groups by following the links below.



Mandatory Spay/Neuter within the County of Ventura

Chapter 4 of Division 4, Article 1, Section 4421 of the Ventura County Ordinance

Spay/neuter requirements have been adopted for the unincorporated areas, and participating cities, within Ventura County. The ordinance, in part, reads:

  • 4421-3; every person who owns a dog or cat over the age of four months that is kept in the unincorporated areas of the County of Ventura is required to have such dog or cat spayed or neutered unless an exception applies under section 4421-4.  Nothing in this Section shall make veterinarians mandatory reporters of animals that have not been spayed or neutered.

  • 4421-1; the intent of the spay/neuter provisions of the ordinance is to create a culture and common practice of spaying and neutering dogs and cats.  Education and voluntary compliance is the preferred method of achieving spaying and neutering, with enforcement as a last resort.

For further information on exemptions, permits and violation provisions, please review Ventura County Ordinance.