ADOPTION PROCESS

Are you ready for a new pet?

  1. Everyone in the household must be prepared to care for another living being.
  2. Animals must have access to fresh water, nutritious food and shelter.
  3. Annual check-ups and dental cleanings are required to maintain good health.
  4. Ensure pets are current with their vaccinations and are licensed.
  5. Slowly acclimate adopted animals to their new home.  Introduce them very slowly to their new animal siblings and do not let them be unattended for the first few weeks.  Rushing introductions is a top reason animals are returned.  The first 30 days should be calm, stress-free and uneventful.

Who’s available to adopt? important

  1. Animals whose “Available Date” has been reached can be adopted.  This information can be found on the animal’s individual online profile page.  Please note that this date may change.
  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.

Animals who are not “Available” for adoption cannot be taken out of their kennels to be seen.  Please ensure the animals you are interested in are available before you sign-up on the clipboard in the parking lot.  Those who add unavailable animals to the list will, unfortunately, be skipped. Tap or click DOGS or CATS to ensure the animals you’re interested are still available.

How long does it take to adopt?

Our adoption process can take up to one (1) hour or more depending on a variety of factors.  And it may take even longer if you arrive at 1:00pm when we open and there are many people ahead of you.  Our adoption process is not something you should expect to complete on, say, a lunch break.  We will never rush an adoption.  We must ensure the best possible matches are made.

Please be aware that the following scenarios can occur:

    1. An animal you are interested in may get reclaimed by their owner at any time while they are on our property.
    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. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to let you know if an animal who you were previously interested in, but was adopted, gets returned.

DOGS and CATS:

Dog and cat adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis, Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm.  Please make sure animals who you are interested in adopting are available for adoption and follow the adoption process below:

9:00am A clipboard will be made available in the parking lot of the Camarillo Animal Shelter for you to write your name, phone number and which animal(s) you are interested in.  VCAS personnel will not be present and will not be able to monitor who has arrived in which order.  Please be respectful for those who have arrived before you.

NOTE:  Signing up on the clipboard does not guarantee adoption, the animal’s availability to adopt, nor do they place “holds” on animals.

12:45pm Return to the parking lot to ensure you are not skipped on the list.

1:00pm An initial text is sent to all parties on the clipboard.  Parties will have five (5) minutes to walk to the Information Center.  At that time we will begin texting parting in the order in which they appear on the clipboard.  They will be paired with an Adoption Counselor who will tell you about the animals you are interested in and possibly take them out for you to meet.

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

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

 

RABBIT adoption process:

Rabbit adoptions are by appointment only.  Please email our VCAS Bunny Brigade at VCASBunnyBrigade@gmail.com to request a rabbit adoption application. We will work with you to find your next best friend! 


OTHER ANIMAL SPECIES adoption process:

For the adoption of all other animals (i.e., birds, reptiles, guinea pigs, horses, giraffes) please see the dog and cat adoption process above.

ADOPTION FEES:

Adoption fees and included services are subject to change.  Please call (805) 388-4341 if you have questions regarding the adoption fee of any animal.

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 (iff applicable), free health check-up voucher, cardboard carrier.

Adoption Fee

Animal Species

$115

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

$90

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

$80

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

$3

Rodents and insects.

$15

Birds. Common caged.

$200

Birds. Exotic animals.

$15

Fowl or poultry. Common variety.

$150

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

$10

Reptiles. Common and amphibians.

$50

Rabbits. Indoor domestic. Spayed.neutered.

$15

Turtles and tortoises.

$50

Tortoises (Sulcata).

$10

Guinea Pig and Cavy.

SHELTER LOCATIONS:

The majority of animals are housed at the Camarillo Animal Shelter and are housed in kennels 001 – 899.  Animals who are in kennels 900-998 are located at the Simi Valley Animal Shelter. 

ANIMALS HOUSED OFF-SITE AT PARTNER LOCATIONS:

VCAS has partnered with a number of pet supply stores throughout the county to help find them loving homes.  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:

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 

ADOPTION DISCOUNTS AND PROMOTIONS

Throughout the year, we hold holiday promotions.  These are usually announced on our Facebook Event page.  Follow us so you receive alerts when a promotion is announced.  

Year-round adoption discounts are available as follows:

    • Dogs or cats 5 years or older can be adopted for 50% of the normal adoption fee.
    • People 55 years or older can adopt any dog or cat for 50% of the normal adoption fee.
    • Veterans and active service personnel of the United States Armed Forces can adopt a dog or cat for 50% of the normal adoption fee if they present any form of identification, including a DD124 or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs card.
    • Veterans of the United States Armed Forces can adopt a dog/cat at no cost per the Pets For Vets Act (SB-245) if specific identification is presented.

Only two forms of ID are accepted in order to receive a fee-waived dog or cat adoption under SB-245 (Pets For Vets Act effective January 1, 2020.)  1. A California Driver License with “VETERAN” printed on its face, or 2) A California ID Card with “VETERAN” printed on its face.  Those who do not have either of these forms of ID are eligible to receive a half-priced adoption discount if the Veterans has any form of identification, including a DD241 or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs card.

IMPORTANT:  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 speak with an Adoption Counselor to ensure the best possible matches are made.

ANIMAL HEALTH:

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 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 strays, 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.

RETURN POLICY:

If an adoption does not work out for any reason, you may return the adopted animal within 30 days from the date of adoption for a full refund.  VCAS Adoption Counselors are, however, standing by to help you with any issues you are facing.  Returning an animal is a last resort when all other efforts have been exhausted.

FINDER’S FIRST RIGHTS OF REFUSAL:

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 (the date the animal can be adopted) 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/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.
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  • You may think $300 is a great deal for a Pug puppy, but consider the following:  Animals “sold” online 
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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.

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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