Holiday Season Hours:  Christmas Eve (Closing at 3:00pm), Christmas Day (Closed), New Year’s Eve (Closing at 3:00pm), New Year’s Day (Closed).

Ventura County Animal Services will be closed Thursday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.  Lost and Found services remain available.

Disaster Preparedness

With the increasing risk of wildfires in Southern California, it is imperative that those who own large animals, are prepared to evacuate should the orders be given.  Please watch this informative video to ensure you are fully prepared to evacuate should an order be given.

Disaster Preparedness
Ventura County Animal Services has responded to numerous calls for assistance during wildfires throughout the years.  The most difficult aspects of evacuations are working with individuals who were not prepared and required our assistance transporting their animals to safety.  Please ensure you are fully prepared to evacuate should the order be given.

Fires VCAS has responded to:

  • 1985 Wheeler Fire
  • 1993 Green Meadows Fire
  • 1997 Hopper Fire
  • 1998 Piru Fire
  • 1999 Ranch Fire
  • 2003 Simi Fire
  • 2005 Topanga Fire
  • 2006 Day Fire
  • 2006 Esperanza Fire
  • 2007 Zaca Fire
  • 2009 Guiberson Fire
  • 2013 Spring Fire
  • 2017/18 Thomas Fire
  • 2018 Hill Fire
  • 2018 Woolsey Fire
  • 2019 Maria Fire
  • 2019 Easy Fire

Mutual Aid

In addition to providing emergency animal rescue and response within the County of Ventura, VCAS often provides mutual aid to neighboring communities during declared disasters. 

Veteran Animal Control Officers, Fernando Serratos and Tony Ochoa, were deployed 460 miles north to El Dorado County to provide mutual aid animal rescue support during the Caldor Fire area which burned 221,775 acres from August 14 – October 21, 2021.

Officers Serratos and Ochoa spent sixteen (16) days driving across hundreds of acres in an effort to care for and rescue animals in need.  Conditions within the evacuation zone were harsh.  Although the fire had passed in the areas they were deployed to, the ground below their feet sometimes crackled where the fire continued to smoldered.  Despite the difficult conditions, Officers Ochoa and Serratos pushed through to rescue and care for hundreds of animals during their relief effort.

Although the physical conditions were sometimes challenging, it was deeply rewarding to reunite so many animals with their families. Officers Ochoa and Serratos gained emergency animal rescue experience during a number of wildfires over the years.

Visit if you are interested in joining our Emergency Volunteer Rescue Team who are deployed by VCAS during declared disasters to assist in the evacuation and care of animals.


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