Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) is a division of Ventura County Public Health and a department of the Ventura County Health Care Agency. Ventura County Animal Services is committed to promoting and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the people and animals living in Ventura County.
VCAS's main animal shelter and administrative offices is located near the Camarillo Airport at 600 Aviation Drive. The shelter houses up to 400 animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, livestock and exotic animals. The Simi Valley shelter at 670 West Los Angeles Avenue accepts strays from Simi Valley and Moorpark that can be reclaimed by local residents but due to space limitations are photographed and brought to Camarillo usually within 24 hours. Both shelters are currently open seven days a week. Visit www.vcas.us for operating hours.
To reach either shelter, call 805.388.4341 or 888.223.PETS, Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday/Sunday 8 am to 4 pm. Field officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can be reached through these numbers.
How to Adopt an Animal: Animals become available for adoption over varying periods, depending on if the animal has been given up for adoption or is a stray. All adopted animals must be spayed/neutered. In-county adoption costs $125, including certification of sterilization, preliminary vaccinations, first rabies vaccine, Ventura County license*, Trovan microchip for permanent identification, free obedience classes and a certificate for a free health exam at participating local veterinarians. You must be 18 or older with valid ID and commit to providing a "home" (not just a yard) for the animal.
*State law requires that dogs over four months of age be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. VCAS handles licensing for all of Ventura County except Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Santa Paula, which have their own licensing programs. The City of Thousand Oaks contracts with the Los Angeles County Animal Shelter located at 29525 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills. The Agoura Hills shelter is open seven days a week and can be reached at 818.991.0071. City of Oxnard animal licensing information is covered at www.oxnardpd.org/bureaus/animalsafety/licensing.asp. Visit the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center site at www.santapaulaarc.org for licensing information in that city.
Harder to place cats or dogs over five years old are placed for a reduced option fee of just $60! And if you are 65 or older, the adoption fee for any animal is reduced to $60.
VCAS offers low-cast vaccination clinics (for rabies, canine Distemper-Parvo, canine Bordetella, feline FVRCP and rattlesnake vaccine for dogs year-round, usually from 7-8 pm at various locations around Ventura County. Check the website for details.
In the most recent fiscal year 2012-2013, 6,621 dogs were taken in by the VCAS Shelter, including 27% relinquished by owners and 73% strays and others. 72% of these animals were adopted or reclaimed, but 28% of the dogs were, sadly, euthanized. This percentage is actually lower than in previous years, while local volunteers help find foster homes for shelter animals. One such group is the Ventura County Canine Rescue Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VenturaCountyShelterDogs.
Now for something fun. The SPCA of Wake County, NC put together this great "Take a Chance on Me" pet adoption video that will bring a smile to your face.