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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.

I Lost a Pet

lost-petVCAS is dedicated to the welfare and reunion of lost pets, however due to limited resources, we are unable to actively search for your missing pet. But what we can do is provide you with the resources to begin the search yourself. Please note that stray animals who come into our shelter without any identification (i.e. License Tag, ID Tag or Microchip) will be made available to the public to adopt after a 5-day holding period. If the pet arrives with an ID Tag or Microchip Implant, we automatically extend the hold to 10 days even if the License Tag, ID Tag or Microchip are not updated with your information.

DID YOU FIND A LOST PET? If you found a lost pet, you cannot just keep them for yourself. This is not right! It causes absolute agony for their owners. If you found an animal, have them scanned for a Microchip Implant at a local veterinary clinic or animal shelter and make a concerted effort to find their owner for at least 30 days. Take their picture and follow the steps below. Avoid making up stories in your head about how they are better off with you. Humans tend to do that in order to justify keeping a lost pet. Again, this is not right. 

We know you are worried and upset about your lost pet, but it is important to stay calm and follow these 10 steps.


1) PET HARBOR: Visit www.PetHarbor.com to complete a lost pet report and search shelters in and around your ZIP code.

2) VISIT ONLINE: Search for your pet online at www.vcas.us/pets.

3) VISIT IN-PERSON: Pets sometimes look different in photos than in-person. When you arrive, tell us you're looking for a lost pet because some of our pets are in "staff only" areas. We will escort you to those areas.

4) TWITTER: Follow our VCLostPets Twitter page where stray animal information is uploaded automatically as soon as they arrive.

5) NEXT DOOR: Post your pet's picture and information in your local www.NextDoor.com neighborhood. Download the Next Door app on Google Play or the App Store.
6) FACEBOOK: Post your lost pet on FacebookBelow are pages run by devoted community members who have been successful in reuniting many pets with their owners but don't stop searching for your pet once you've posted on these pages! Keep looking on your own.

CAMARILLO Missing Pets PORT HUENEME Missing Pets
FILLMORE  Missing Pets SIMI VALLEY Missing Cats
MOORPARK Missing Pets SIMI VALLEY Missing Pets
NEWBURY PARK Missing Pets SOMIS Missing Pets
OJAI Missing Pets THOUSAND OAKS Missing Pets
OXNARD Missing Pets VENTURA COUNTY Missing Pets

7) DECEASED: Unfortunately our cherished pets are sometimes killed. Some deceased animals are brought to VCAS. Their bodies are scanned for microchip implants and we will make every effort to contact the owner if a microchip is detected or if the animal is wearing a License Tag or ID Tag. VCAS publishes a list of deceased animals which is updated daily. Click here to view a list of deceased animals. 

8) VISIT OTHER SHELTERS: Sometimes pets are taken outside of the area to other animal welfare organizations. Visit their websites, Facebook pages and physical locations.
          Humane Society of Ventura County - www.hsvc.org
          402 Bryant Street

          Ojai, CA 93023
          (805) 646-6505

          Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (S.P.A.R.C.) - www.santapaulaarc.org

          705 E. Santa Barbara St. 
          Santa Paula, CA 93060
          (805) 525-8609

9) DOWNLOAD: Our VCAS Smartphone APP on the App Store or Google Play. The app refreshes every 30 minutes with newly impounded animals.
Lost Dog Poster SAMPLE
10) FLYERS AND POSTERS: TIPS: Your lost pet's face should take up at least 1/3 of the page and should include the following information: NAME, AGE, BREED, REWARD, PHONE NUMBER. People are visual. If you write too much, people won't read it. WHERE TO POST? Posters and flyer should be placed in areas around your neighborhood, including your front yard. You want your neighbors to walk by and know your pet is missing.

Additional Resources:

MISSING PET PARNERSHIP: Find additional lost pets tips at: www.missingpetpartnership.org

FINDING ROVER: VCAS has partnered with Finding Rover. Download their smartphone app that utilizes facial recognition software that will help match your pet's face to other scanned faces in our database. All you need is a face picture of your pet.

Lost a Dog? Visit www.LostDogVenturaCounty.com
Lost a Cat? Visit www.LostCatVenturaCounty.com
Lost a Cat? Visit www.LostMyKitty.com