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No Kill Policy

At the Humane Society of Ventura County we strive to meet the the highest standards of a no-kill shelter.  Animals are never euthanized to make room at the Shelter.  Adoptable and treatable pets will remain in our loving care for as long as it takes to find them a forever home. Unfortunately there are, on occasion, cases when animals must be euthanized if they are found to be not adoptable and non-rehabilitatable due to health or behavioral conditions as described below.  This determination is made by a five-member evaluation committee.  Three or more members must be in agreement that euthansia is the most appropriate and humane course of action.

According to California law, adoptable animals are “those animals eight weeks of age or older that, at or subsequent to the time the animal is impounded or otherwise taken into possession, have shown no sign of a behavioral or temperamental defect that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet.  Adoptable animals have manifested no sign of disease, injury, or congenital or hereditary condition that would adversely affect the animal’s health in the future.”

According to California law, a treatable animal is “any animal that is not adoptable but that could become adoptable with reasonable efforts.”  Animals included in this category may have a current health condition which will be treated while they are in our care and/or which are minor enough to be manageable by a potential adopter.  Also in this category are animals who may have developed fear or behaviors which may benefit from training and/or socialization efforts.  These animals are treated and/or socialized while in our care to prepare them for adoption. Animals are released for adoption after treatement is complete and/or they are determined ready for adoption.  If there is a potential for any further care, training or socialization needed or advised, potential adopters are notified of such needs prior to adoption.  Examples may be a dog that may need to be an only pet, or a pet who has a high sensitivity to flea bites and will need extra protection against fleas.

Non-rehabilitatable animals are neither adoptable nor treatable. They include (1) cats and dogs for whom euthanasia is the most humane alternative to disease, injury or suffering that can’t be alleviated; (2) vicious cats and dogs, the placement of whom would constitute a danger to the public; and (3) cats and dogs who pose a public health hazard.

This pretty girl is KC. (Maybe it stands for “Kinda Cute”). KCutie has been at the Humane Society since January 06, 2014. When it is time to relax, KC is the perfect lap-warmer! (As long as she gets a scratch behind her ears of course!)

KC is a spayed orange Pomeranian. The shelter staff think she is about 7 years old.

Her adoption fee of $75 includes spay, vaccinations, free veterinarian visit, and microchip implantation. For more information on KC,  or other adoptable animals, please call 805 646-6505. You can meet her Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:30pm.

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