Adoption Services

Adoption services are a pillar of what we do here at the Humane Society of Ventura County. Last year, we helped 183 cats, 160 dogs, and 7 other species find their loving forever homes. Whether you are looking to adopt your first pet or want a companion for your furry friends, our staff will help make sure you find the perfect animal for your home! 

We have temporarily paused the intake of stray animals after hours for the safety of our staff, shelter animals, and the public. We know this is a valuable service for our community and are working to offer it again soon. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

Our shelter acquires animals in a variety of ways:

1. Transfers from rescue partners: We are proud to work closely with neighboring shelters, rescues, and other animal welfare organizations from California and beyond to receive transfers from their facilities. As a compassionate care shelter, we do not euthanize for space. Our shelter accepts transfers from other shelters that are overcrowded with animals looking for homes.

2. Owner surrenders: At the HSVC, we know life can be unpredictable. If you find yourself falling into tough times, our staff offers resources that can help pet owners keep furry friends in their homes and out of our shelter. As a last resort, our shelter accepts animals surrendered by their owners with proof of pet ownership and after passing an intake evaluation. Surrendering your animal is a free service, however, donations are encouraged.

Please note that we DO NOT accept walk-in owner-surrendered animals. If you need to surrender your animal, please call 805-646-6505, click one of the buttons below to fill out a canine or feline owner surrender form, and submit it to [email protected]. You will be contacted within 2-3 business days after submitting the form. Please note that this does not guarantee we will accept your pet as an owner-surrendered animal. 

Canine Surrender Form       Feline Surrender Form 

3. Strays: Our shelter only takes in stray animals from the Ojai Valley if they have a microchip or collar with a tag. Otherwise, strays should go back outside or be taken to Ventura County Animal Services. They are located at 600 Aviation Drive in Camarillo, CA, and they are open Tuesday - Sunday from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. 

4. Humane Officer investigation cases: Our Humane Officers investigate cases of animal abuse, neglect, and cruelty. Animals under investigation may be signed over or seized in the field by Humane Officers if it is in the best interest of the animals. These animals, often referred to as "case animals", are then brought to the HSVC for further evaluation and medical assistance. They will be made available for adoption depending on their health, temperament, and case status.

5. Evacuations: For years, the HSVC has functioned as an evacuation center for animals in need of refuge in times of emergency and disaster. As always, we offer our disaster relief and sheltering services at absolutely no charge to anyone who needs our help. 


Adoption Fees and Policies:

Dog  Cat

Puppy (6-months or younger)

Kitten (6-months or younger)


Senior (dog or cat age 5 or older)

Senior to Senior (cat or dog age 5 or older with senior human)

$120 $120 $150 $150 $500 $75 $60

Please note that horses are viewable by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact our Equine Manager, Christina Malleck, at 805-364-1150 or via email at [email protected].

Ready to adopt? Click here to view our adoptable animals!