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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.

Help Save a Life - Become a VCAS Volunteer Today!

volunteer bannerVolunteers play a very important role of Ventura County Animal Services. Not only do they share our love of animals, they assist our staff with the care, comfort and promotion of the animals in our shelters. We have numerous programs for volunteers aged from 13 and up, so if you love animals we would love your help! See below for a list and brief descriptions of our volunteer programs.

If you would like a little more information about the VCAS Volunteer Program before signing up, you are invited to attend an upcoming Volunteer Fair. See the schedule below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.


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  • Promote animal adoptions
  • Assist with animal care in VCAS kennels
  • Groom and socialize animals
  • Foster animals in their own homes
  • Raise funds for the animals
  • Participate in animal enrichment programs
  • Help out at events and with special projects
  • Educate the public about animal welfare and encourage people to provide forever homes to animals in need!

We even have specialized groups for people who love certain types of animals!

  • Call yourself a cat fancier? Join the Callaway Cat Group.
  • Do you love dogs? Become a part of our Dog Squad and/or Pit Crew.
  • Are bunnies your thing? Join the Bunny Brigade.
  • Of course, if you love all things furry or fuzzy, we will utilize your help where it is needed most!
All VCAS volunteers receive specialized training, mentoring and support!

Volunteer Minimum requirements:
  • Must love animals!
  • Must be at least 18 years old (For info on our youth volunteer programs keep reading!)
  • Complete a volunteer application and then attend orientation

Click here to complete and ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Junior Volunteer program: 16 – 17 years old


Young adults aged 16 and 17 are eligible to become a Junior Volunteer. Junior Volunteers are able to work independent of their parent or legal guardian after a minimum of 20 hours of service with their parent.. Junior Volunteers can participate in almost any on-site program that a basic adult volunteer can, including:
  • Shelter Support
  • Special Events
  • Fundraising
  • Office Help
  • Marketing & Social Media Support
  • Bunny Brigade
  • Callaway Cats
  • Dog Squad

Both the parent/legal guardian and the Junior Volunteer MUST submit volunteer applications AND attend the initial orientation as well as any subsequent training classes required for their chosen position.  If you are interested in becoming a Junior Volunteer please fill out a JUNIOR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION and have your parent fill out the ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION  then register for one of our available orientations.

Please note: At this time Junior Volunteers CANNOT volunteer at the Simi Valley shelter location unless accompanied by their parent volunteer. 

VolunTEEN program: 13 – 15 Years old

Youth between the ages of 13 and 15 are eligible to volunteer alongside a parent or legal guardian who is also a volunteer as part of our VolunTEEN Program. VolunTEENs are able to participate in many of our regular programs including:

  • select Shelter Support activities  
  • Special Events
  • Fundraising
  • Bunny Brigade
  • select Callaway Cats programs
  • select Dog Squad programs

The parent/legal guardian and VolunTEEN will work as a team and the adult will be responsible for handling all animals. The teen cannot be left alone with any animal at any point in time. Both the parent/legal guardian and teen must submit volunteer applications and are responsible for attending the initial orientation, as well as any subsequent training classes required for their chosen position. If you are interested in becoming a VolunTEEN please fill out a VOLUNTEEN APPLICATION and have your parent fill out the ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION  then register for one of our VolunTEEN orientations.



Please join us to learn more about YOU can help the shelter animals! You will find out exactly what volunteers do at the shelter and the different programs in which you can participate. Volunteers Fairs are held at our Camarillo location: 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo CA 93010
See below for 2017 Volunteer Fair schedule! 

Please Note: Attendence at a Volunteer Fair is not the same as an Orientation, you will still need to submit an application and sign up to attend an Orientation if you choose to volunteer.

2017 Volunteer Fairs
  • February 24, 6:30 PM
  • May 23, 7:00 PM
  • August 27, 1:00 PM
  • November 4, 1:00 PM


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