FREE ADOPTIONS* –> TUES. 6/18 – SUN. 6/23

*Promotion applies to puppies, dogs, and cats, but excludes kittens.  Promotions do not guarantee the adoption of a shelter pet.  All parties must participate in the full adoption process to ensure the best possible matches are made.  Promotion does not include a license fee and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Laws & Ordinances

POSTED Tuesday, March 12, 2024:  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Proposed Revised and Amended Regulations for Rooster Keeping

Below are the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Exhibit 1) and the Proposed Revised and Amended Regulations for Rooster Keeping (Exhibit 2).  The purpose of this action is to provide transparent and timely access to these documents to give stakeholders a chance to provide direct input.  Members of the public and interested parties are invited to comment on these proposed revised and amended regulations, by no later than April 11, 2024 by sending comments to the attention of Jackie Rose, Director of Animal Services, at


It is our responsibility as pet owners, to know, understand, and abide by all laws and ordinances that apply to pet ownership.  Each city has different municipal codes that reference animals within city limits.  To find the ordinances that pertain to your city, please tap/click on the link below which corresponds to the city in which you live.  For Santa Paula residents, please contact the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) at (805) 525-8609 or visit  For Thousand Oaks residents, please contact Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control (Agoura Animal Shelter) at (818) 991-0071.

*Simi Valley Residents:  Please tap/click here to view the latest City Ordinance amendments which have not yet made it onto the Municode platform.

There are two (2) noteable ordinances that we would like to highlight.  The Rooster Ordinance and the Pets For Vets Act.

Rooster Ordinance Information

The purpose of this ordinance is to curtail the barbaric and inhumane “sport” of cockfighting.  This ordinance allows for residents to keep up to four (4) roosters on any parcel within the County of Ventura. Exceptions can be made for legitimate poultry fanciers and youth involved in educational projects.  There is a limit of four (4) roosters of the same breed for a maximum of twenty-five (25) roosters. Each individual rooster beyond the rooster limit constitutes a separate violation. VCO §§4494.3(c)

Pets For Vets Act (Senate Bill 245)

Ventura County Animal Services is honored to support the Pets For Vets legislation as we are grateful to those who have served our country.  While this bill waives adoption fees for veterans with the below mentioned designation on official California idenfitication, it does not cover the cost of a pet license.  If you, or anyone in your party, suffers from PTSD or any other condition which would make it difficult to be in proximity to loud noises, please contact our staff prior to arrival.  We can confidentially arrange for a quiet area to meet the animals you are interested in.

ACCEPTABLE identification

Acceptable Driver License
Acceptable ID

UNACCEPTABLE identification

Unacceptable ID Card
Unacceptable DD 214 Form
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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

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