Schedule an Animal Euthanasia

Saying goodbye.

Your pet has been your friend, your companion and your family member.  This time in your life is very difficult and VCAS is here to help you.  We have all loved and lost pets so we know exactly what you are experiencing.  From the moment you enter our facility you won’t be alone. Our compassionate staff are here to help you every step of the way.

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  • Appointments for humane euthanasia are typically Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am – 11:00am.  To schedule an appointment for your pet, please call (805) 388-4341 and a shelter representative will assist you.
PLEASE NOTE:  If your pet is in distress (i.e. trouble breathing, actively bleeding, etc.) please do not wait for an appointment.  Seek immediate medical care with a veterinary hospital or clinic near you.  Click here for a list of 24-hour emergency clinics in Ventura County.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete any necessary paperwork.  You will have the opportunity to arrange private cremation services if you would like to keep the remains.  For a small fee you have the option of having your pet’s ashes and/or paw print returned to you.
  • As loving pet owners, we don’t always know when it is time to say goodbye to our animals.  Our veterinary team will perform a brief exam.  If euthanasia is not recommended, our team will provide helpful instructions regarding continued care.
  • After paperwork is complete, you will be escorted to our Veterinary Hospital.  Due to social distancing protocols, humane euthanasia cannot be performed with owners present as six (6) feet separation cannot be maintained.  Please know that your pet will be in good hands.  Afterwards you will be given the opportunity visit with them for as long as you need.
  • It is important to take time and grieve. Give yourself permission to express your sorrow. Write about your feelings in a journal if that helps. Share your love for your pet on social media.  Take a leisurely walk and recall the good times you had together and how you each enriched the other one’s life.  If you have other pets, allow them to grieve.  They will feel the loss of their friend, too.

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