Thank You Abigail, Noa, and Catalina For Your Support!

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At Sunday's Santa Paws event, the Humane Society of Ventura County was honored to be one of the recipients of a lovely donation from Abigail, Noa, and Catalina. These three had been saving up their allowance and money they earned from doing chores. Abigail and Noa decided to donate the money they raised, over $3oo dollars, to the shelter, while Catalina chose to donate hers to the Cancer Society, a very worthy cause! Thank you from all of us at the shelter for your support!


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Reflections on the Thomas Fire

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Today is a time for reflection and lessons learned as we observe the one year anniversary of the Thomas Fire that burned through Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and at one point encircled the Ojai Valley where the Humane Society of Ventura County’s 4.4-acre facility is located. Our staff and volunteers remember well when we first received the news that a fire had broken out in the Upper Ojai/Santa Paula area, changing our lives and the lives of our community forever. That night the Shelter immediately opened its doors 24/7 to those being affected by the fast-moving fire and in the first 48 hours after the flames ignited, the shelter nearly quadrupled its residents. At the peak of the disaster, the shelter was home to nearly 400 animals, including the 81 animals already in our care. Besides the numerous cats and dogs that came in, it was necessary for the shelter to improvise to accommodate the hundreds of other animals in peril including alpacas, donkeys, goats, chickens, and even snakes. Each and every animal that was brought to the Humane Society of Ventura County for safekeeping brought with it a story of hope and survival. These animals were in our care because in one way or another their lives and the lives of their families were threatened or in danger. For weeks the shelter ran at capacity and many animals remained in the shelter’s care well into the new year, with the last evacuee animal going home this past June.

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Santa Paws is Coming to Town! This Sunday in Ojai

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The Humane Society of Ventura County’s 33rd Annual Santa Paws holiday photo shoot is this Sunday in Ojai! This popular event will also feature a bake sale and Firefly Ceramics will be on hand providing the materials to make ceramic paw print ornaments for a $25 donation to the Shelter. 

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Volunteers Needed!

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The Humane Society of Ventura County sends a huge Thank You to all of the volunteers who have donated their time in the last few weeks to help care for the animals displaced by the Woolsey and Hill fires.

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This Giving Tuesday, Help Us, Help Them!

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For over 85 years, the Humane Society of Ventura County has served the community with the goal of improving the lives of animals in need. All of our achievements have been made possible with the generosity of our supporters, whether it be donations, volunteering, or adopting. 

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Five Dollar BLACK Friday!

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On Black Friday people across the nation wake up early after a day of giving thanks to get the best deals on items for their loved ones. Besides being an opportunity to stretch your dollar in the hopes of putting a smile on the face of those closest to you, you can also do something to make a difference in the life of a homeless animal.

By donating just $5, you will be part of a community of people who are making a positive impact on the lives of animals in need. As a private, non-profit organization that does not receive funding from the government or national animal welfare organizations like Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA, we depend on people who selflessly give to the animals and the programs that support them. Today for Black Friday we are humbly asking our supporters to make a donation to animals in need.

The Humane Society of Ventura County is a  private, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to the protection and adoption of homeless animals throughout Ventura County. 

Have a purrfect weekend and thanks for your support!


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Rescue Horses From Woolsey Fire

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We have a wonderful update for our supporters on the two horses who were rescued by the Humane Society of Ventura County from a burnt down property in Malibu. Flash and Pepe had originally been escorted out of a burned down home in Malibu by HSVC Equine Specialist Christie Tracy, and HSVC Animal Rescue Emergency Volunteer Bennie Scorsur. The horses were transported down to Zuma beach where they were transferred to animal rescue workers, Allie Tashnek DVM, Chris Weber, and Chloe Willems, who took them to Humphrey Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital for immediate care.

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Fire Update: 11/22

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Good morning friends. As the containment of the Woolsey fire gets under control we know that many of our new friends who are able to pick up their animals are looking forward to doing so. We are kindly requesting anyone who wishes to pick up their animal to please call the shelter first to arrange a time so that we can have your paperwork ready. This is especially important for those picking up large animals, such as horses and goats, so that our equine team is available to assist you and we can avoid any heavy traffic jams with trailers entering and exiting the property. Unless otherwise arranged we ask that all animal pickups take place between 10 am and 4 pm.

For those unable to pick up their animals please know that they are in safe hands. We will continue to care for the evacuee animals entrusted to us as long as needed. Thank you.

For assistance please call the shelter at 805-646-6505.


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402 Bryant Street in Ojai

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