About HSVC

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

Our mission statement is, "The Humane Society of Ventura County, through shelter, adoptions, programs, and services, boldly ensures the welfare of animals in Ventura County."

We fulfill this mission by:

  • Providing a safe environment for homeless, neglected, or abused animals
  • Providing adoption services to responsible homes
  • Promoting and providing spay and neutering to reduce pet overpopulation
  • Providing Humane Education in local schools
  • Housing Humane Officers who investigate reports of cruelty, abuse, and neglect against animals
  • Providing compassionate care including medical treatment
  • Offering an organized volunteer program including training and socialization to help our shelter animals 

Who We Are

Founded in 1932, the Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC) is nestled in the rolling hills of the picturesque Ojai Valley of southern California. Our 4.4-acre property provides a safe refuge for the homeless, neglected, and abused animals of Ventura County. We strive to remedy the greater problem of animal overpopulation, abuse, and neglect in our community through education and community outreach.


As we continue to educate and provide low-cost spay and neuter services to pet owners in need, we also offer safe, temporary housing for animals across Ventura County. We provide our shelter animals with medical treatment, proper nutrition, exercise, rehabilitation, and more during their stay at the HSVC. Our volunteers play a key role in socializing these animals by giving them the love and attention they deserve as they await their forever homes.

The HSVC is the only agency in Ventura County with Humane Officers who investigate cases of animal abuse, cruelty, and neglect. Our shelter functions as an evacuation center during natural disasters to house displaced animals at no cost to their owners. We also offer free pet food through various pet food bank programs to help keep animals in their homes and out of shelters. In addition to these services, the HSVC also has a volunteer pet-assisted therapy program, a foster program, and a feral cat program that promotes TNR (trap, neuter, release) for community cats. We offer microchipping services, host low-cost vaccination clinics, and provide owner-requested euthanasia services and grief counseling references for the difficult time that follows.

As a private nonprofit, all of our programs, services, and outreach efforts are funded entirely by the generosity of our community. We are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA, nor do we receive funding from the city, state, or federal government. With the help of our donors, volunteers, and supporters, we can continue to promote the welfare, compassionate care, and protection of all animals.