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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.

Re-Homing Your Pet

You are your pet’s best chance of finding a new, loving home. It will be much better for your pet to find a new home from your home rather than him/her coming into the shelter. Remember, it may take a bit of time, but ultimately your pet will be much better off.

Make your pet more "adoptable":

1)   Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered and up-to-date on their vaccinations (click here for low cost vaccination and microchip clinics).

2)   Take a few photos of your pet (our courtesy posting allows up to 4 pictures). Remember — a picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure your picture is clear and shows the good nature of your pet. 

3)   Write a short paragraph describing your pet and the type of home that would be a good match for him/her.

4) Create a flyer (Visit www.petbond.com/flyerentry.php which will help you create your flyer) and  Share it with your family, friends, and neighbors on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram...). Often through word-of-mouth you will find the perfect home. Also, post on www.NextDoor.com so your neighbors know you’re re-homing your pet and may want to help! Often through word of mouth (a friend of a friend) you will find the perfect home.

5)   Place an ad in the newspaper or on the Craigslist.org’s pet section; the ad should be short and if possible include a picture. Be very careful when reviewing responses and potential adopters. Conduct a home visit with a friend and ask for references.

6)   Contact local rescue groups. Local rescues are more willing to help you find a home for your pet if you would be willing to foster your pet temporarily, so if you are able to do so let them know right up front. Even if you are unable to foster, many rescues may be able to place your pet in a foster home so they do not have to go into the shelter environment.

Click here to add your pet to our Courtesy Re-Homing page.

Click here for a list pets listed on our Re-homing page.

Disclosure: Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) offers courtesy re-homing postings to Ventura County residents. VCAS does not facilitate or participate in the re-homing process for pets advertised on this website. These pets are not in the care of VCAS and are being posted as a courtesy to you, the owner. Unless specifically stated to the contrary, VCAS will not evaluate, meet or in any other way interact with these animals. Consequently, VCAS makes no representation to the information, temperament, health, or suitability of these pets.