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Lost & Found

All animals arriving at Ventura County Animal Services are scanned for a microchip implant.  If your pet’s microchip is registered with your current contact information, we will make every attempt to contact you.  Click here to register your pet’s microchip and ensure the contact information is up-to-date.  Animals who arrive with any form of ID are placed on a 7-day stray hold.  Animals who enter our shelter without ID are placed on a 5-day stray hold.  After a stray hold has ended, the animal may be made available for adoption.


Please watch this video and follow the instructions below.

All lost/stray animals are Tweeted through our automated VC Lost Pets account.  Follow to keep updated on animals entering our shelter.


If your cat is an indoor-only cat, they will typically stay close to home and may only travel 50 yards, about 2.5 house lengths away.  At night, search the bushes around your house with a flash light.  Cats instinctively won’t come out of a hiding place, but you can see their eyes reflect the light.  Ask neighbors if you can check their backyards.  Look under decks and in bushes.

Cats who have outdoor-access are typically found 344 yards away or 17 house lengths away.


Please remember that the animal you found is not your pet and, according to VC Ordinance 4468-1, you cannot decide to keep them without taking a few steps.  If you decide to hold the animal while trying to find the owner, you must make a concerted effort to look for the owners for thirty (30) days.  The 30 days starts from the day you complete a found animal report, not from the time you found the dog.  Within those 30 days, you are not allowed to give the dog away, have someone keep the dog for you, or alter the dog in any way until the 30 days is over.  At this time, you can have them vaccinated against Rabies and get them licensed.  What to do next:

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