In an effort to reduce overcrowding at the two county pet shelters, Ventura County Animal Services is offering discounted dog and cat adoptions through Oct. 31.
The discounted pricing, which was originally offered just for dogs during the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14, has been expanded to include cats and extended through the end of the month.
Dog and cat adoption fees have been cut by more than half, from $125 to $60.
This is typically the cost to adopt harder-to-place animals over 5 years of age and the cost for senior citizens looking to adopt.
The hope is that the reduced adoption fees on all shelter animals will result in quicker placement of lost and abandoned dogs and cats into permanent homes, since the shelter is bursting at the seams.
“We are currently housing nearly 500 animals,” said Donna Gillesby, interim director of VCAS. “Our immediate goal is to find new homes for 200-plus animals in order to bring our populations back down to more manageable numbers.