|Animal Services||Field Services||Animal Adoption Centers||Pet Adoptions||Pet Pantry|
|Vaccinations||Licensing Services||Spaying and Neutering||Wildlife|
The City of Simi Valley contracts with the Ventura County’s Animal Services (VCAS) Department to provide enforcement of the City’s Municipal Code pertaining to animals and sheltering services for lost and impounded animals.
VCAS has an Animal Services Officer dedicated to Simi Valley to respond to resident concerns relating to:
- Stray animals
- Pickup and treatment of sick and injured strays and wildlife that present traffic hazards, public nuisances, or health risks including stray and unwanted livestock or fowl
- Nuisance animal investigations including barking dogs, bite investigations, and quarantines
- Pickup of dead animals (except livestock)
- Animal evacuations during disasters
VCAS operates two Animal Adoption Centers. The main Animal Adoption Center is located in Camarillo at 600 Aviation Drive. Kennel attendants are on duty at the Camarillo Animal Adoption Center to care for impounded animals and to receive animals from the public. The Camarillo Animal Adoption Center houses impounded stray, abandoned, lost, and homeless animals. The Camarillo Animal Adoption Center also provides veterinary care, housing, and board while the animals await to be reclaimed or adopted.
In addition to providing care to the sheltered animals, Adoption Center staff also:
- Provide license sales and rabies vaccination clinics; and
- Answer questions, accept requests for service, and take animal-related complaints.
The Simi Valley Animal Adoption Center, located at 670 W. Los Angeles Avenue, offers public services including owner reclaims, adoptions, and licensing services.
Operating hours and directions to both Ventura County Animal Shelter (VCAS) facilities.
The public is requested to not leave animals at the Simi Valley Animal Adoption Center outside of operating hours because the animal may not receive care for over 12 hours.
The City of Simi Valley in conjunction with VCAS wants to increase the number of pets placed in new homes by returning East Valley animals to their communities. Adopting locally will decrease the number of animals euthanized and the sheltering costs paid by the taxpayers. Dogs and cats available for adoption at the Simi Valley facility are from the Cities of Simi Valley and Moorpark.
VCAS also offers pet adoptions at its Animal Adoption Center facilities. The cost to adopt a dog or cat is $125, which covers the cost of the animal’s license, microchip, and spay/neuter. Promotions are offered to encourage the adoption of certain breeds and senior animals that otherwise may be hard to place.
The Pet Pantry provides resources to assist residents in keeping their animals during difficult economic times. The Pet Pantry is open on Sundays at the Simi Valley and Camarillo Animal Adoption Centers and provides dog and cat food to individuals who are not currently able to provide for their pets. The Pet Pantry relies on the generosity of the community and is operated by the Animal Regulation Volunteer Auxiliary (ARVA), a non-profit organization that supports the mission of Animal Services. The Pet Pantry is open on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Simi Valley Adoption Center and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Camarillo Animal Adoption Center. Please note, to receive pet food, animals must be licensed. If animals are not licensed, they can be licensed onsite prior to receiving food.
Donations of unopened pet food can be dropped off at anytime in the designated drop-off locations at the Animal Adoption Centers. Monetary donations to the Pet Pantry can be sent to ARVA at 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010.
All dogs in a resident’s possession for 30 or more days and over the age of four months are required to be licensed by VCAS to ensure compliance with the rabies vaccination requirement and to assist with the safe return of stray dogs. Licensing services are available at either VCAS facility, Simi Valley City Hall, or authorized veterinarians throughout the County. For convenience, VCAS allows pet owners to renew licenses online. Check out the complete listing of licensing locations throughout Ventura County or to renew a license online.
Pet owners are encouraged to assist in the effort to minimize the number of animals entering the shelters by spaying/neutering their pets. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recognizes there are many lifelong health benefits to spaying/neutering pets. Some of these benefits may include extending their lifespan, preventing cancer, and curbing behavioral problems.
Also, pet owners SAVE money on licensing fees when their pets are spayed/neutered.
Spaying/neutering also assists in preventing stray and unwanted pets. Stray animals can cause car accidents, burden taxpayers with the costs of retrieval and sheltering, and result in euthanization of unwanted animals.
Residents should contact their veterinarians to discuss and learn about spay/neuter options. Various spay/neuter resources are available to assist pet owners in caring for their pets, including Simi Valley Non-Profit Spay and Neuter Clinic. Contact VCAS at (805) 388-4341 for other ways to assist in minimizing the number of animals without homes.
Whether you live in a densely populated neighborhood or a rural part of Simi Valley, wild animals are your neighbors. Most wild animals will not bother humans. They naturally fear humans and keep their distance as long as they remain fully wild. However, if wild animals have access to human food and garbage, they want more and more. They lose their natural fear of humans and can become aggressive.
The State of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for wildlife management and offers a number of educational materials through its “Keep Me Wild” campaign. The materials may provide assistance to residents in identifying measures to secure their properties and household pets and discourage wildlife from visiting their homes.
The University of California’s Integrated Pest Management Program compiles information including repellents and control methods on a wide variety of pests throughout the State.
For more information on wildlife most frequently seen by residents in Simi Valley click on the following links:
Additional resources for wildlife management, nuisance prevention, and safety guidelines are available from VCAS, the State's Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the United States Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services. Click on the links below for more information.
- Ventura County Wildlife
- Fish and Wildlife Public Safety Wildlife Guidelines
- Wildlife Services California State Report
- Wildlife Services Coyotes in Towns and Suburbs - Factsheet December 2011
- Wildlife Services Relocating Wildlife Requires Caution - Factsheet February 2011
- Wildlife Services Living with Wildlife - Factsheet May 2010