Pilot pet adoption program means new homes for many

Adopting homeless animals is now easier than ever for East County residents.

The local animal shelter, headquartered in Camarillo, has been successful holding weekend adoptions on the eastern end of the county and, as a result, has expanded the program to be an almost daily event.

“We are thrilled with the instant success of our Simi Valley pet adoption program,” said Donna Gillesby, interim director of Ventura County Animal Services. “Since last June, over 100 East County families have opened their hearts and taken home a new family member.”

The Camarillo animal shelter houses and cares for abandoned and lost pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, guinea pigs and other animals.

Due in part to an overwhelming influx of dogs that pushed the main shelter past capacity, VCAS launched a pilot program at the beginning of July offering pet adoptions out of its Simi Valley holding facility.

The building at the western edge of Simi Valley at 670 W. Los Angeles Ave. had at one time been used for that purpose. VCAS offered adoptions out of the Simi shelter during the 1990s, but budget cuts in 1996 forced the discontinuation of the program.

So, for years the facility has been used only to hold animals from Simi and Moorpark before they were claimed by their owners or transferred, usually within 24 hours, to the main shelter.

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