R. Gonzalez joined the Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC) as a Humane Officer Trainee in December of 2022 and was officially sworn in on October 25th, 2023. Born and raised in Ventura County and an animal lover, Gonzalez is eager to serve in his new role. From an early age, he had numerous pets ranging from cats and dogs to hamsters and even a snake. Having multiple pets throughout his life has instilled a passion for animal welfare in him.
While attending Ventura College Gonzalez focused his studies on Criminal Justice. In June 2012 he graduated from Ventura County sheriff’s reserve academy where he received his Police officer standards and training (P.O.S.T.) certification 1 and 2. Since becoming part of the team, Gonzalez has completed the Animal Law Enforcement Academy at the San Diego Humane Society Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy in January 2023 and will continue with vigorous training in animal welfare. With a 16-year background experience in customer service, he is excited to pursue his new career working in his community and being an advocate for animal welfare.