What We Do

The Humane Society of Ventura County is a compassionate care shelter and non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and adoption of animals in need throughout Ventura County.

Our mission statement is, “The Humane Society of Ventura County is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, welfare, compassionate care and protection of all animals through education and community outreach programs.”

HSVC Cares!

The Humane Society of Ventura County’s HSVC Cares program increases outreach efforts by supplying free pet food, offering low to no-cost pet vaccinations, and providing low to no-cost spay and neuter surgery to communities in need. 

Free Pet Food

At the Humane Society of Ventura County, we want to help keep animals out of shelters and in thei...


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27 Mar 2023

Staff Appreciation Paint Night

By Humane Society of Ventura County

   Our staff had so much fun at last week's Staff Appreciation Paint Night! Thank you to Stacey of Ojai Coffee Roasters for hosting our staff at after hours and thank you to Jen Livia of Red Brick Art for teaching a private paint class! Shelter staff got to relax and enjoy free refreshments as they painted a beautiful landscape of the Topa Topa mountains. It was a much deserved afternoon of fun!

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27 Mar 2023

Meet HSVC's New Director of Shelter Operations, Karen Terpstra!

By Amy King

The HSVC is proud to announce the newest member of our team, Karen Terpstra! Karen will be joining the HSVC team as our new Director of Shelter Operations. Her extensive experience in the animal welfare industry will be a great asset to our shelter. Karen’s career in animal welfare began at Pasadena Humane Society, where she served as Assistant Executive Director for eight years. She has since worked in shelters in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and New Jersey. Most recently, Karen was the Director of Operations at Santa Barbara Humane. She has made a measurable positive impact on animal outcomes at every organization she’s worked at through expanding spay/neuter programs, behavior enrichment and education, robust foster and adoption programs, and decreasing the animals’ length of stay at the shelter.Karen has also fostered more than 700 orphaned kittens (and several puppies and dogs, too!) She shares her home with Mini, an English Bulldog adopted from HSVC, and four cats who were former fosters. We are thrilled to have her as part of our team! Welcome, Karen!

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27 Mar 2023

Pints & Pups was a Huge Success!

By Humane Society of Ventura County

  Sunday's Pints & Pups event was a huge success! Our staff and volunteers had so much fun interacting with fellow animal lovers and sharing information about the shelter. Not to mention the gorgeous weather! We couldn't have asked for a better day. Thank you to our friends at Ventura Coast Brewing Company for hosting us, and thank you to Val of Dogtown Ventura for coordinating such an awesome event for the community!

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