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The animals listed here are not available for adoption through Ventura County Animal Services.  They are being responsibly re-homed by their owner.  Please tap/click the pet to learn more and contact their owner directly.  Thank you!

Disclaimer:  Please note that the information concerning animals listed here was provided by each animal’s owner(s).  No one from Ventura County Animal Services has met or evaluated any of these animals, nor have we confirmed the accuracy of the information we were provided for inclusion on this webpage.  As with all prospective animals, you should take reasonable steps to evaluate the suitability of a particular pet for your home and family.  VCAS hereby disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied (including without limitation any implied warranty of fitness, fitness for a particular purpose and/or merchantability) concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability of the information concerning any animal or the suitability for any particular circumstance of any animal listed here for rehoming.  Thank you.

About Us

Ventura County Animal Services

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Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) is an open admission, life-saving, municipal animal welfare agency in the County of Ventura. The Camarillo Shelter, the main shelter, is located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties and houses the Administrative Offices and Veterinary Hospital. The Camarillo Shelter has a 400-animal capacity which can increase to over 900 during declared natural disasters.

The Simi Valley Animal Shelter is smaller facility located three miles from Moorpark College and can house up to 40 animals.  The Simi Valley Shelter, however smaller, offers many of the same services and opportunities as the Camarillo Shelter, such as the intake of stray and surrendered animals, pet adoptions, pet licensing, the reclaim of lost animals, and volunteer opportunities.

VCAS offers a wide array of programs and services to the residents and animals of Ventura County. These services include animal sheltering, pet adoptions, lost & found, field services, cruelty investigations, pet licensing, TNR surgical services, low-cost vaccination clinics, volunteer/foster opportunities and emergency disaster response.

VCAS provides contract services to the residents of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, Ventura, and all unincorporated areas of Ventura County. VCAS is dedicated to improving the lives of the animals in their care, and to safeguard the community through rabies suppression and the sheltering of stray animals.

Mission

The mission of VCAS is to improve the lives, health, safety, and well-being of animals under our care and within our community, to be timely and compassionate in our response to customer needs and concerns, to educate and empower the community through outreach and public awareness, and to provide for the health and safety of the people of Ventura County.

Vision

VCAS will be a catalyst in creating a future where we are a community able to provide for the mental, physical and emotional needs of all animals, and where the human-animal bond is supported through resources and education for pet families.

Values

Compassion:  We treat people and animals with dignity, empathy, and kindness.

Integrity:  We are committed to the delivery of professional services by being honest, trustworthy, transparent, and respectful.

Efficient:  We utilize organizational and community resources wisely in the provision and delivery of our services.

Innovative:  We encourage creative and progressive programming and strive to create an environment dedicated to continuous improvement.

Safety:  We are dedicated to the enforcement of animal laws and to the health and safety of people and animals in our communities.

Inclusive:  We are strongly committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in our daily service to the community and within our organization.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

 

Can I bring my animals in for a checkup?
No.  Our Veterinary Hospital is not available to the general public.  Our Veterinary Hospital only services animals in our care.  We do host vaccination an microchip clinics throughout the year.  Please follow us on Facebook to know when these events occur.

How much does it cost to adopt a pet?
For the most current schedule of adoption fees, please click here.

What if I find a stray dog in the middle of the night or very early in the morning?
If you can keep the dog safe in your home until we open, please do so and thank you!  If you cannot provide temporarily care for the dog, please call (805) 388-4341 and use OPTION 4 to be put through to our after-hours service.

What if I find injured wildlife?
If you found injured wildlife, please contact the Animal Help Now non-profit organization by clicking here.  If this is an animal emergency, please go directly to a 24-hour emergency animal hospital near you.

Why is a pet license so much cheaper if my dog is spayed/neutered?
The discount is an incentive to have pets spayed or neutered.  There is an overpopulation of animals in our community and spay/neuter is the only proven method of curtailing uncontrolled breeding.  View pet licensing fees at www.vcas.us/licensing.

Can my child volunteer?

The minimum age for volunteers is 13.  Volunteers 13-15 must apply with an adult partner volunteer and must have permission from their legal guardian.  Volunteers 13-15 will train and volunteer with an adult at all times.  The child and partner/parent must submit separate applications.  Please visit www.vcas.us/volunteer to sign up.

Do you have Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, or Therapy Animals for adoption?

No.  VCAS adopts out companion animals, but pet owners can take steps to make them Service Animals, Emotion Support Animals, or Therapy Animals.

A LIFESAVING Framework

Socially Conscious Shelter

Ventura County Animal Services has joined a growing number of animal welfare organizations in adopting a new sheltering framework. This model is called Socially Conscious Sheltering (SCS).  This SCS model and the No-Kill model are not contradictory and exist together with our agency.  VCAS meets and/or exceeds all no-kill benchmarks.

This new SCS framework that we found aligns with our core values of being an organization that encourages cooperation and collaboration with all stakeholders (elected officials, community members, private veterinarians, transfer/rescue partners, law enforcement, non-profit organizations, local businesses, volunteers and other animal welfare agencies).  We wish to promote a positive culture of mutual respect and support.

Frequently Asked Questions about the No-Kill and SCS Models:

Q:  Are you still a No-Kill shelter given your adoption of the SCS model?

A:  Yes.  The adoption of the SCS model did not change our day-to-day lifesaving efforts that we have grown and have continued to build upon since 2012.  SCS is simply a framework we found that more accurately describes who we are as an inclusive, positive, and compassionate animal welfare organization.  We continue to work towards finding the best possible outcomes for all animals which is the fundamental goal of this model.  SCS provides a clear message about our commitment to providing quality care to the people and animals of Ventura County.

Further, VCAS continues to meet and/or exceed all No-Kill benchmarks, goals, and philosophies while maintaining a 90% or higher live release rate (LRR), and we have never strayed from our lifesaving commitment.  It is critical to note that VCAS will never compromise the health and safety of an animal to maintain live outcome statistics.  Statistics do not govern or control our daily activities.  Decisions are never made to maintain statistics.  Our high Live Release Rate (LRR) is the result of hard work and our commitment to life-saving practices.  We are fully transparent about our shelter statistics as they are posted each month online for the community to review.

Q: How was the Socially Conscious Sheltering movement developed and initiated? 

A: The Socially Conscious Sheltering movement was created because of the intense need for this conversation. In Colorado, four (4) large animal shelters practiced Socially Conscious Sheltering without having articulated it as such.  The CEOs of these shelters (Jan McHugh Smith, Judy Calhoun, Lisa Pederson and Apryl Steele) met to discuss their animal welfare beliefs, including shelter practices. Out of that conversation came the Socially Conscious Sheltering (SCS) model.  The model was then shared with shelter CEOs from across the United States for their feedback, each shelter with different communities, intake policies and levels of community engagement.  The insight was incorporated into the fundamental goals of Socially Conscious Sheltering, and a website, www.scsheltering.org, was created. Before a marketing strategy could be developed, Socially Conscious Sheltering was adopted by the animal sheltering community and by several municipalities.  – Source:  www.SCSheltering.org

Q:  What is socially conscious sheltering?

Socially Conscious Sheltering is a compassionate, transparent and thoughtful model for animal welfare organizations. There are eight (8) tenets of the SCS model:

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1. Place every healthy and safe animal.

Place every healthy and safe animal.

Every single one. Healthy is defined as either having no signs of clinical disease or evidence of disease that a veterinarian determines has a good or excellent prognosis for a comfortable life. Safe means that the animal has not exhibited behavior that is likely to result in severe injury or death to another animal or person.

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2.  Ensure every unwanted or homeless pet has a safe place to go for shelter and care.

Ensure every unwanted or homeless pet has a safe place to go for shelter and care.

An animal’s opportunity to be nurtured, healed, and re-homed should not depend on their age or condition—every community must have a shelter that accepts all animals brought to it. It is unacceptable to turn animals away because they are too old, too sick, or too broken.

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3.  Assess the medical and behavioral needs of homeless animals and ensure these needs are thoughtfully addressed.
Assess the medical and behavioral needs of homeless animals and ensure these needs are thoughtfully addressed.
Animals housed in shelters and rescues must be assessed for disease and injury and must have all medical conditions addressed so the animal does not suffer. These animals must also have their behavioral needs assessed and met, including enrichment sufficient to make them comfortable and to prevent self-destructive, obsessive-compulsive coping behaviors.

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4.  Align shelter policy with the needs of the community.
Align shelter policy with the needs of the community.
Does the community allow trap-neuter-return programs? If so, offer them. Will members of your community adopt animals with chronic disease, are they willing to assume the time and expense of managing that disease? If so, with full disclosure, place them in these homes. Socially Conscious Shelters listen to their communities.

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5.  Alleviate suffering and make appropriate euthanasia decisions.
Alleviate suffering and make appropriate euthanasia decisions.
Compassionate euthanasia is a gift. It is not acceptable to let a terminally ill, suffering animal languish in a cage until it dies naturally when compassionate euthanasia can ease that endless pain. It is not acceptable to house a known dangerous animal who cannot be safely placed in the community for years until it goes crazy in a cage. Each euthanasia decision is difficult, and every decision must consider the welfare of the individual animal.

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6.  Enhance the human-animal bond through safe placements and post adoption support.
Enhance the human-animal bond through safe placements and post adoption support.
Integrating a living being into a new home can be difficult. As adoption agencies, Socially Conscious Shelters have a responsibility to support the new family. This can mean post-adoption behavior advice, classes for new pet caregivers, addressing shelter related medical needs and being willing to accept the animal back if the pet and the family are not a good fit. It also means not placing animals into homes that disrupt the human-animal bond by injuring children, other pets and other people. There are many behavior issues that can be addressed through behavior modification and positive experiences. There are other behaviors that are dangerous and that cannot be mitigated.

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7.  Consider the health, wellness and safety of animals for each community when transferring animals.
Consider the health, wellness and safety of animals for each community when transferring animals.
Moving dogs and cats from communities that do not have homes available for them to communities where people are actively seeking pets saves lives. However, bringing pets into a community is a responsibility. It is a responsibility to the animals already living in that community to not bring in infectious diseases that would make them sick. It is a responsibility to those living within the community to bring in animals that w­ill live in harmony. And there is a responsibility to the community from which animals are being moved to impact that community’s animal welfare struggles through humane education and spay and neuter programs.

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8.  Foster a culture of transparency, ethical decision making, mutual respect, continual learning and collaboration.
Foster a culture of transparency, ethical decision making, mutual respect, continual learning and collaboration.
Socially Conscious Shelters are committed to full transparency. This can include reporting accurate statistics, sharing policies, and fully and quickly admitting when mistakes are made. Integrity must be the foundation of all decisions. Every shelter can learn something from every other shelter—it is important to be curious and to share innovative solutions to common problems. Only by working together can we ensure the best outcomes for all animals.

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TRANSLATE DISCLAIMER

The VCAS.US website has been translated by Google Translate. Reasonable efforts have been made to provide an accurate translation, however, no automated translation is perfect nor is it intended to replace human translators. Translations are provided as a service to users of the VCAS.US website, and are provided “as is.” No warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, is made as to the accuracy, reliability, or correctness of any translations made from English into any other language. Some content (such as images, videos, Flash, etc.) may not be accurately translated due to the limitations of the translation software.

The official text is the English version of the website. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in the translated website, please refer to the English version of the website which is the official version. Ventura County Animal Services employs bilingual staff who are able to provide assistance.  Please call (805) 388-4341 or email info@vcas.us.

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Welcome to our new VCAS website!  Due to recent technical issues, we rushed our new website into production and it’s not quite finished.  We prioritized getting our SHELTER ANIMALS listed ASAP for people who have either lost their pets or who are looking to adopt a pet.  As a result, a number of buttons and features are not yet functional and will not work if you tap/click them.  Don’t worry, it’s not your computer!  It’s us!  We hope to have everything running properly in the very near future.  Thank you all for your patience and understanding – Ventura County Animal Services