MASKS:  Per Ventura County Public Health, all shelter guests will be required to wear face coverings while indoors.

CLOSED Christmas day and New Year’s day.  CLOSING EARLY at 3:00pm  on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.


**Attention Adopters**

VCAS has officially moved to an ONLINE sign-up list for our adoption program.  Those interested in adopting a specific animal will no longer need to visit the Camarillo Shelter in-person to write their name on a list.  You will come to this page and sign-up online when the list becomes active at 9:00am.  The waiting list is typically used by those who are interested in adopting a specific animal who has just become available for adoption.  Please do not sign-up for animals who are not yet available.  And please review the HOW ADOPTIONS WORK section below prior to signing up.  Due to the popularity of some animals, we will only be reaching out to the first two (2) parties who have signed up with an interest in adopting the same animal.  Thank you.

**The following adoption process went into effect on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. **

Signing up above places you on a list to speak with an Adoption Counselor regarding a specific animal and does not guarantee the adoption of a shelter pet, nor does it place a “hold” on animals.


9:00am  – 12:00pm  The online sign-up portal is active.  After signing up, everyone will receive an initial confirmation text message indicating their placement on the waiting list.  Those who are among the first two (2) parties to sign up to adopt the same animal will be contacted by a VCAS Adoption Counselor to discuss the animal.  If the Adoption Counselor feels a good match is likely to be made, they will schedule an appointment for that party to meet the animal in-person and possibly adopt.  If it looks like a match will not be made, we will contact the next person on the list who has signed up for the same animal.

PRIORITY:  Those who have scheduled an appointment with an Adoption Counselor regarding a specific animal will have priority over those who have not.

1:00pm – 6:00pm  Shelter opens for adoptions.  Members of the public are welcomed to walk around and view the animals in our care.  Please visit the red Information Center for questions and to begin the adoption process.  Those who have made an appointment with an Adoption Counselor must check-in at the Information Center when they arrive at their scheduled time.

5:30pm  All animals are returned to their kennels for dinner and no new animals can be taken out to be seen.

6:00pm Shelter guests are asked to exit the shelter.  All animals are tucked in, read a bedtime story, and given a kiss on their head.

Rabbit adoptions remain by appointment only.  Please email the VCAS Bunny Brigade at to request a rabbit adoption application.


WHY CAN’T I SIGN UP ON THE ADOPTION LIST?  The list is active only between 9:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesday – Sunday and will remain inactive on Mondays and all holidays where the shelter is closed for adoptions.

WHY DOES MY NAME APPEAR LOWER ON THE LIST WHEN I SIGNED UP FIRST?  It is likely because other people completed the sign-up process before you.  Remember, dozens of other people may be waiting to sign up the moment the portal goes live.

CAN I STILL SIGN-UP IF I DON’T HAVE INTERNET ACCESS?  Yes.  You can come to the Camarillo Animal Shelter at 600 Aviation Drive and sign-in using an iPad Kiosk in the main office.  You can also have a friend who has internet access sign-up on your behalf.

WHY HAVEN’T I RECEIVED A CALL YET FROM AN ADOPTION COUNSELOR?  Due to the popularity of some animals, we will only be contacting the first two (2) parties who have signed up to meet the same animal.  If you did not receive a call back, it is likely due to your lower placement on this list.

WHY CAN’T I FIND THE ANIMAL I WAS LOOKING FOR ONLINE ANYMORE?  They have probably been reclaimed by their owner.  60% of stray dogs are reclaimed by their owner.  To inquire further about a specific animal, please call (805) 388-4341 or visit VCAS during normal business hours.

WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF SIGNING UP ONLINE?  Those who have scheduled appointments to speak with an Adoption Counselor in-person will have priority over those who have walked in.  People typically sign-up online when a specific animal becomes available for adoption who they really want to adopt.  This often occurs with puppies, small breed dogs, and/or rare breeds.

IS IT REQUIRED TO SIGN-UP ONLINE TO ADOPT AN ANIMAL?  No.  If you see an animal you are interested in, please check in at the red Information Center at the Camarillo Shelter to learn more about the animal and to continue with the adoption process.  PLEASE NOTE:  priority is given to those who have signed up online and have an appointment to meet with an Adoption Counselor in person.

HOW LONG DOES THE ADOPTION PROCESS TAKE?  It is vital that the best possible matches are made, thus we will never rush an adoption.  Expect the process to take least one (1) hour and sometimes up to two (2) hours or more depending on the time of day, number of shelter guests and other factors.

IF I ADOPT AN ANIMAL, CAN I TAKE THEM HOME THE SAME DAY?  Yes.  If the animal is already spayed or neutered, they can likely go home with you the same day.  If they are not already spayed or neutered, you will be given a date and time to pick them up after surgery when they are fully awake.

HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO ADOPT A PET?  Adopters must be 18 years or older.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ADOPT AN ANIMAL?  Please see our list of adoption fees below.

Are you ready for a new pet?

  1. Ensure everyone in the household is prepared to care for another living being.
  2. Animals must have access to fresh water, nutritious food and shelter.
  3. Annual vet check-ups and dental cleanings are required to maintain optimal health.
  4. Ensure pets are current with their vaccinations and are licensed.

Welcoming a new pet

Slowly acclimate animals to their new home.  Introduce them very slowly to their new animal siblings and do not let them play unattended or around young children for the first few weeks.  Rushing introductions between animals can cause conflict which is a top reason animals are returned.  The first 30 days should be calm, stress-free and uneventful.  No dog parks.  No beach trips.  No hikes.  Don’t worry, you’ll have those amazing experiences soon.  Just allow your new family member to get used to their new surroundings.

Who can you adopt?

  1. Animals whose available date has been reached can likely be adopted.  This date can change over the course of an animal’s stay.  Each animal’s available date is located on their online profile and is updated continuously.
  2. Animals who have a tag across their profile picture cannot be adopted.  Such tags include:  Pending Adoption, Rescue Transfer Pending, Under Evaluation, Rescue Transfer Preferred, Medical Hold, and Quarantine.  Tap/click here to view these tags and their meanings.
  3. Animals who are not yet available for adoption cannot be taken out of their kennels to be seen.  Tap/click here to ensure the animals you’re interested are still available.

Please be aware of the following scenarios:

  1. An animal you are interested in may get reclaimed by their owner at any time while they are on our property, including the day you come to adopt that pet.
  2. An animal may get reclaimed by their owner even after you have adopted them “on paper,” as long as they are still on our property.
  3. Finder’s First Rights:  Please scroll down and review what happens when someone wants to adopt the animal they found.


Dog adoptions fees include:  Spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations (Bordetella, DAPPL4 and Canine Influenza), flea preventative, deworming preventative, rabies vaccination, microchip implant, free health check-up voucher.

Cat adoption fees include:  Spay or neuter surgery. FVRCP vaccination, flea preventative, deworming preventative, rabies vaccination, microchip implant, 1-year cat license (if applicable), free health check-up voucher, cardboard carrier.

Adoption Fee

Animal Species


Dog adoption for Ventura County residents. Includes license, sterilization and microchip.


Dog adoption for out-of-county residents. Includes sterilization and microchip.


Cat adoption includes sterilization and microchip (additional license fees may apply)


Rodents and insects.


Birds. Common caged.


Birds. Exotic animals.


Fowl or poultry. Common variety.


Exotic Mammals or Reptiles (i.e. chinchillas, ball pythons..etc.).


Reptiles. Common and amphibians.


Rabbits. Indoor domestic. Spayed.neutered.


Turtles and tortoises.


Tortoises (Sulcata).


Guinea Pig and Cavy.

Please note:  Adoption fees and included services are subject to change.


  1. Kennels 001 – 899. are located at the Camarillo Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Drive.
  2. Kennels 900-998 are located at the Simi Valley Animal Shelter. – 670 W. Los Angeles Ave.
  3. Kennel “OFFSITE” are animals located at a partner store location.  See below for these locations.
  4. Kennel “FOSTER” are animals being cared for by VCAS Foster parents and are still available to adopt.


VCAS has partnered with a number of pet supply stores throughout the county to help find loving homes for our shelter pets.  At this time, only cats are housed offsite in these locations.  If a cat is being housed in a partner store, their store location will be listed on the pet’s profile.  Our partners locations include:


Holiday pet adoption promotions are held at various times throughout the year and are announced on our Facebook Event page.  Follow us so you receive alerts when new promotions are announced.  Year-round adoption discounts are available as follows:

  • 50% off normal adoption fee for:  dogs or cats 5 years or older.
  • 50% off normal adoption fee for:  people 55 years or older.
  • 50% off normal adoption fee for:  veterans and active service personnel of the United States Armed Forces if they present their DD124 or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs card.
  • 100% off normal adoption fee for:  veterans of the United States Armed Forces per the Pets For Vets Act (SB-245) if specific identification is presented.  such as a California Driver License with “VETERAN” printed on its face, or a California ID Card with “VETERAN” printed on its face.  Those who do not have either forms of IDs are still eligible to receive 50% off the normal adoption fee if the Veteran has a DD124 or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs card.
Acceptable ID
Acceptable ID

Adoption promotions and discounts cannot be combined and do not include the cost of a pet license.  Promotions or discounts do not guarantee the adoption of a shelter pet.  All interested parties must take part in the full adoption process to ensure the best possible matches are made.


Although we take every precaution concerning the health and well-being of our shelter animals, we cannot make a guarantee of any kind regarding the health or physical condition of an adopted animal.  Like humans, shelter animals may become infected with an illness but not show any signs or symptoms of illness for many days.  Please keep a watchful eye on your newly adopted pet for signs of illness (loss of appetite, decrease energy level, vomiting, diarrhea, increase thirst, weight gain/loss, etc.)  Our VCAS Veterinary Team are unable to treat an illness which has not presented itself.  Please schedule your free checkup with your veterinarian as soon as possible after your pet comes home.  Please be aware that shelter pets, like humans, may bring home unknown illnesses.  If your newly adopted pet appears ill, it is recommended you isolate them from other animals in the home and seek veterinary assistance for your other pets as a precaution.

If a medical issue arises immediately after adoption, we would be happy to speak with you about it.  Please call (805) 388-4341.  Understand that any medical bills incurred for your pet will be solely your financial responsibility.

Most shelter animals come to us as lost, with unknown medical histories.  Therefore, a complete check-up by your veterinarian is a post-adoption essential!  To ensure the happy and healthy life of your newly adopted family member, we urge you to have your pet examined routinely by a veterinarian.


If an adoption does not work out for any reason, you may return the adopted animal within thirty (30) days from the date of adoption for a full refund.  Returning an animal is a last resort when all other efforts have been exhausted.  VCAS Adoption Counselors are standing by to help you with any issues you are facing.  Please contact us at (805) 388-4341 or 


Any person, recorded to be the source of the animal’s impound, who turns over a stray animal to this Department, has the first option to adopt the animal if/when he/she becomes available for adoption.  The finder must be present when the animal first becomes available for adoption, and if one or more persons wish to adopt the animal at that time, the finder has the right of first refusal.

  1. Finders first right of refusal will not be offered for underage/underweight animals, litters, or animals with obvious/severe medical conditions that may extend the due out date (their adoptable date) for treatment or have guarded prognosis.  For example: suspected parvovirus, fractures, hit by car, etc.
  2. Finders first right of refusal will not be offered if an animal is determined to be unplaceable and/or unadoptable due to medical or behavioral conditions.
  3. Finders of animals with guarded medical/behavioral prognosis may be listed in as an interested party and may be called if the animal becomes available but will not be reserved.

What comes with each dog and cat adoption?

As many of you are aware, animals are sold or “re-homed” online in un-reputable online venues such as Craig’s List.  While these animals need good homes, please be aware of a few things prior to making this crucial decision:

  • Health:  Animals sold online often do not come with a health history.  These animals may have been inbred.
  • Behavior:  Animals sold online may have been housed in unkempt conditions with little/no human contact.
  • Intention:  Animals sold online are often done so with money being the goal.
  • You may think $300 is a great deal for a Pug puppy, but consider the following:  Animals “sold” online 

We are often asked what comes with each pet adoption.  The answer to that question can vary depending on the animal’s condition upon arrival.  Some animals come into our care healthy and happy.  Some are already spayed/neutered and even microchipped.  All they really need is their vaccinations and a flea treatment before going home.

Conversely, some animals may require extensive medical or behavioral attention.  We regularly receive animals who have been injured and even hit by a car.  Our fully equipped Veterinary Hospital has a highly experienced team of doctors, registered veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants who all work to ensure each animal is provided the best care possible.

Those interested in adopting a shelter pet may be surprised as to the extent of services we provide the animals in our care.  The estimate below were calculated based on the average cost of these services from veterinary clinics, hospitals and private practices in Ventura County.

The service below will vary from animal to animal, but the love and attention or staff and volunteers provide is priceless.  You cannot estimate the cost of love and attention an Animal Control Officer gives to a shelter pet, nor can you place a value on the round-the-clock care thousands of our pets receive each year while in foster care.

  • PETCO, CAMARILLO (805) 384-5435
  • PETCO, GRANADA HILLS (818) 368-7386
  • PETCO, MOORPARK, (805) 552-0370
  • PETCO, PORT HUENEME, (805) 984-3470
  • PETCO, SIMI VALLEY, (805) 582-9045
  • PETCO, UNLEASHED, (805) 584-8220
  • PETCO, VENTURA, (805) 639-3016
  • PETCO, THOUSAND OAKS, (805) 449-1504
  • PETSMART, CAMARILLO (805) 384-8401
  • PETSMART, NEWBURY PARK (805) 499-3767
  • PETSMART, OXNARD (805) 288-8495
  • PETSMART, SIMI VALLEY (805) 306-1912
  • PETSMART, VENTURA (805) 650-9191
  • PETSMART, WESTLAKE (805) 865-8626
  • PET FOOD EXPRESS, OXNARD (805) 278-3800
  • PET SUPPLY PLUS, CAMARILLO (805) 384-1004


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