***IMPORTANT NOTICE***  Due to unforeseen technical issues, animal profiles displayed on our website are not updating, and have not done so properly since the morning of Friday, February 3rd.  We are attempting to fix this issue.  If you have lost your pet, please come to the shelter in-person during normal business hours to view the animals in our care.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  Thank you.

February 8, 2023:  The Camarillo Animal Shelter office will be closed until 11:15am due to staff training.

TNR (Trap Neuter Return)

Do you FEED or CARE for community cats?

If so, please have them spayed or neutered to help decrease the population…



Cat With Ear Tipped

Ventura County Animal Services is proud to be a part of a coordinated countywide effort to help reduce the overpopulation of outdoors cats living in our community.  TNR (or Trap Neuter Return) is the process by which community/feral cats are trapped by experienced humane trappers, spayed/neutered at a participating organization listed below, microchipped and returned to the community from which they came if the location is safe to do so.  These cats can now live out their lives in the environment they were thriving in without the possibility of procreation.  Altered cats also have the tendency to keep out unaltered cats.

The process begins with the humane trapping of feral/community cats by an experienced trapper.  Trappers can then schedule an appointment to bring these cats to VCAS for spay/neuter surgery.  When they arrive, cats are scanned for a microchip to determine if there is an identified owner.  While under anesthesia for their spay/neuter surgery, the VCAS Veterinary Team vaccinates, microchips, flea treats, and ear-tips each cat.  Ear-tipping is the process by which a small portion of the cat’s right ear is removed.  This is an easy indicator that the cat is already spayed or neutered and is part of an established colony, thus does not need to be re-trapped.  If the area from which the cat was trapped is unsafe for return to (i.e. being too close to a busy street), the cat may enter our VCAS Working Whiskers program which allow members of the community to adopt a feral/community cat to live out their lives on their property, in open areas.  An application process ensures these cats are placed in appropriate locations with owners who fully understand their responsibility to these cats.

VCAS is proud to be one of four (4) participating organizations who offer spay and neuter services for community cats:

(805) 388-4341
600 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010

(805) 584-3823
1659 E. Los Angeles Ave.
Simi Valley, CA 93065 

(805) 646-6505
402 Bryant St.
Ojai, CA 93023

(805) 278-4433
2252 Craig Dr.
Oxnard, CA 93036

If you are part of this coordinated TNR effort in Ventura County and need to schedule a spay/neuter surgery for your trapped feral/community cat, please tap/click this button.  NOTE:  We have eliminated all of the additional forms previously required to complete.  If you are having difficulty, please call us at (805) 388-4341.  Thank you!

TNR surgeries performed at Ventura County Animal Services are proudly sponsored by the Herman Bennett Foundation.  Visit their Save-A-Live Thrift Store to help provide continued supporter for our TNR surgical efforts.


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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