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.
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]. A staff member will contact you 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.
3. Strays: Please take stray animals 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:
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)
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