Rattlesnake Safety for Dogs


This time of year the great outdoors seem to be constantly on our minds. Spending time outside, hiking, swimming, camping, whatever it is that calls to us is always more fun with our canine friends by our side. We are fortunate here in Southern California to have beautiful weather year round, but our warmer weather also makes for the perfect climate for venomous snakes. Spring through Fall is rattlesnake season and a hike on a beautiful day can take a turn for the worse for your four legged friend if they encounter one of these dangerous snakes. Their curious nature can get them into trouble. According to the Animal Medical Center of southern California, dogs are 20 times more likely to be bit and 25 times more likely to die then people are from snake bites.

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This little guy is Chespi! Chespi is a male, tan Chihuahua and is about 2 years old. He was surrendered to our Humane Officers in the field because the owners were not able to provide him with the appropriate care. He has been at the HSVC since Jan 07, 2015. Chespi has made great progress. He gets along with other dogs and needs a little time (or a couple treats) to warm up. Humane Officer Hoffman has been working with him closely both on and off site to ensure he is socializing well. Hoffman says "Chespi loves to snuggle in bed and loves toys!". Chespi can be shy at frist, but if you ask to spend time with him in his pen, he will quickly steal your heart! Come meet sweet Chespi today!

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AVAILABLE: Rusty is a gorgeous 9 month old Kelpie/Husky mix who has been at the shelter since April 23, 2015. Rusty is a LOT of fun! He loves to fetch and knows some basic commands (sit, down, and come) but will need lots of training to keep this big, strong boy happy and healthy. We do not have any background on Rusty, though he did come in with 5 other dogs and seemed to like them. We do not know how he is with cats and would recommend a family without small children. Rusty has very nice leash manners, especially for his age and size! He will need a home with a very secure yard and lots of time to spend running and playing. Rusty is even more stunning in person, come meet him today!

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This sweet girl is Millie. Mille has been at the HSVC since January 27th, 2015. Millie is 10 months old and you can find her with her buddies in the kitten room. We do not know anything about Millie's past but she has been a great girl since her time at the shelter! 

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Volunteers Making a Difference!


Congratulations to Amanda Volden and Melissa Yanez, CSU Channel Islands graduates 2015! Back in January Amanda and Melissa contacted the Humane Society of Ventura County to see about joining our team to work on their Senior Capstone for the communications department. Every year the graduating class of CSU Channel Islands is required to do 90 hours of community service in their are of expertise. With over 100 graduates each year the program donates close to 10,000 hours of service to the Ventura County Non-Profit Community!

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Betty is a darling female, brown and white Labrador Retriever mix (possibly with Great Dane). She is about 5 months old, and she has been at the HSVC since April 23, 2015. Betty is a sweet girl who likes being with people! She does not seem to have had training, and will need to learn some basics. Betty is ready to go exploring with you! Come meet this beautiful gem today!

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Summer Camp 2015



We are offering a variety of camp sessions this year for various age groups between 7 and 15. Camps are limited to only 8 campers so register early! This fun,service and learning camp includes:

* Hands on work with Shelter Animals * Animal related art or craft projects
* Information about animals in the
wild, locally and around the world.

* An introduction to animal related careers
* Snacks and drinks
* A camp T-shirt

For a detailed description of camps, costs, dates and age ranges, please email our Humane Educator, Dawn Reily, at: DawnR@HSVC.org 

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How to Identify Stray and Feral Cats


Spring is here and we all know what that means……KITTIES! There are many homeless cats on the prowl and we are often asked how to tell the difference between “feral” cats and “stray” cats in your neighborhood. Knowing how to tell the difference can help inform you how best to interact with a cat or what type of intervention would be in the cat’s best interest.

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