600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, California 93010 | www.vcas.us | Phone: (805) 388-4341 | Fax: (805) 388-4393 | firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE March 20, 2020
Subject: Change in Services UPDATE (COVID-19)
From: Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS)
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.: Due to Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order for California residents, Ventura County
Animal Services is further limiting in-person visits to both the Camarillo and Simi Valley shelter locations. The
following is effective immediately and until further notice.
Shelter Closure: VCAS is closing down operations at the Simi Valley Animal Shelter. All animals will be transported
to the Camarillo Animal Shelter at 600 Aviation Drive.
Adoptions: VCAS has moved adoptions to appointment-only. Those interested in adopting animals seen online are
asked to schedule a virtual “Adoption Counseling Session” by phone, at www.vcas.us/scheduling. If all parties feel a
good match is made, shelter staff will schedule a time to meet the animal in-person. VCAS is only allowing two (2)
members of a family to come to interact with an animal. Both individuals must be under the age of 65 and not
Surrenders: VCAS will be limiting the intake of surrendered animals to those in an urgent or emergency situation. To
schedule a surrender, please call their Pet Retention Coordinator at (805) 383-4716.
Stray Cats: VCAS is encouraging residents to only bring in stray cats who appear to be sick or injured. Litters of
kittens should only be brought in whose mother has not returned for them after 6-8 hours. Mothers often leave kittens
in order to hunt for food and expect to return to their kittens. Please do not remove kittens if not absolutely necessary.
Lost Pets: VCAS is encouraging those to call ahead if they are coming to reclaim their lost pet, but an appointment is
not necessary. (805) 388-4341
Foster and Volunteer: New foster parents and volunteers are not needed at this time. Should the need should arise,
VCAS will announce this on their website and via social media.
Events: All community events are cancelled or postponed until further notice including low-cost rabies vaccination
clinics and TNR/Community Cat public spay/neuter services.
Pet License: VCAS is not processing licenses on-site at either the Camarillo or Simi Valley shelter locations. Pet
licenses can only be processed online at www.vcas.us/licensing or by U.S. mail. Payment should be sent to Ventura
County Animal Services 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010. License-related documents can be sent via FAX to
(805) 388-4393 or emailed to email@example.com.
Field Services: Animal Control Officers continue to respond to public safety and animal welfare calls such as
dangerous dogs, sick/injured animals, conduct animal cruelty investigations, and be on general patrol. Less urgent
calls will be deferred until further notice.
Donations: VCAS is requesting no physical donations be brought to the shelter. Those who wish to give are
encouraged to visit www.vcas.us/AmazonWishlist or www.vcas.us/Donate.
VCAS is committed to ensuring that the highest quality of care is provided to all animals at all time. Their team of highly
dedicated staff and volunteers are available to feed, clean, and provide medical care and enrichment for all animals.
They continue to reunite lost pets with their families and find loving homes through adoption services.
Questions, comments or concerns, please contact them at (805) 388-4341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you – Ventura County Animal Services