From Rescue to Recovery


The immediacy of the Hill and Woolsey fires has abated and the Humane Society of Ventura County is transitioning into a recovery mode. The tremendous outpouring of support from the community has been humbling. Our short-term needs have been met but now we look to the future. Needless to say, we could not have been able to care for the animals without your support.

Because of the lessons learned from the devastating Thomas Fire last year and the support from the community during those trying times, we were prepared for this emergency. At the peak of activities from the Hill and Woolsey fires, we took in 269 evacuated animals and there were countless others who benefitted from our services out in the field. Your support allows us to provide our emergency services at no cost to the families impacted by the fires. As other animal shelters close, we remain open and will continue to accept animals from families who were evacuated from the fires as long as there is a need.

Providing emergency services takes a physical toll on our Shelter property. To that end, we have re-populated our Amazon Wishlist with items that will help our staff and volunteers get the Shelter ready as we transition back towards our daily activities. Our needs include cleaning supplies, household items, specialty cat and dog food, and other necessities for not only the evacuee animals but the 112 animals at the shelter prior to the start of the fires. Our priority will always be for the wellbeing of all animals under our care and these items will help us with that.

Our next transition will be from recovery to gratitude and of that, we have a lot to be thankful for. For all of those who have supported us in any capacity, we thank you.

The HSVC has updated its Amazon Wishlist with items in immediate need to support the animals in our care. You can find the link here: HSVC AMAZON WISH LIST

 All of our programs, services, and outreach are funded one hundred percent by donations, memorials, and sponsorships. We are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States nor do we receive funding from the city, state or federal government. With the help of many volunteers and continued financial support through donations, memorials, and sponsorships we will continue to provide for all animals within our county. Our shelter and adoption center is located at 402 Bryant Street. Ojai, CA 93023. We can be reached by phone at 805-646-6505 or on the web at

Nonprofit ID: 95-2272598

***CORRECTION 11/16 12:30 PM: In our recent email blast we listed the number of non-evacuee animals as 150. The correct number is 112.***

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