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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 Found a Pet

The animal you found may have a Microchip! Microchips cannot be seen or felt. Take the animal to a veterinary hospital or shelter to get scanned. Too many times we find people holding on to animals that have a microchip and an owner!

If you find an animal you may bring it to your local shelter or call us. We may not be able to respond to calls immediately. Once the animal is in our shelter, we'll hold it for at least the state-mandated time period while looking for the owner. If the owner does not reclaim the animal, you may be able to adopt it yourself. However, we do not, have not, and will not promise, reserve, or hold any animal for a specific person except the actual owner.

If you decide to hold onto the animal PLEASE make a real effort to locate the owner. You cannot legally give the animal to a "rescue" or other party until you've tried to locate the owner for at least 30 days. Place a "Found" ad in the local newspaper, fill out a Found Report at either or both of our facilities, notify the Humane Society of Ventura County and post signs in the neighborhood where you found the animal.

Additional Resources:
Craigs List - Search and post your pet's info in "Lost/Found" and "Pets" sections.
Pet Harbor.com - Search for your pet in area shelter listings and report your pet as "lost" using their online feature - Be sure to upload a photo of your pet. If someone finds a pet matching your animal's description or if a shelter receives a similar pet, you will be notified via email.
Twitter - Visit our automated Twitter feed to see all stray animals that come into our shelter: @VCLostPets.
Facebook: Look for local lost pet pages, such as Camarillo Missing Pets and Simi Valley Missing Pets.
Post and search daily! It may take days or weeks for finders to post found animals online.
We have partnered with Finding Rover. Download this smartphone app that utilizes facial recognition software that will help match your pet's face to other scanned faces in our database. Follow the steps on the app when prompted.

HOPE: This is the most important tip - DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE! Many pets are recovered weeks, or even months, after they go missing!