CAMARILLO, Calif. – Ventura County Animal Services held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open its new Adoption Center on the grounds of the shelter in Camarillo on Monday, February 29. More than 75 people attended the event. Dignitaries included Supervisors Kathy Long and John Zaragoza, Assistant CEO Matt Carroll, Health Care Agency Director Barry Fisher, Camarillo mayor Mike Morgan, Port Hueneme mayor Doug Breeze and representatives from the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce.
The Adoption Center is expected to reduce waiting times at the front counter but its real purpose is to make a connection between people and pets. The center is intended to be a friendly, streamlined and efficient place where customers can find out more information about the pets available for adoption, receive one-on-one counseling and get information without having to wait at the front counter.
"We can sit down with customers and really understand their needs and wants so we can connect them with the right pet," said Animal Services Director Tara Diller.
There were pets everywhere at the event, including in the arms of Supervisor Kathy Long who recently adopted her dog, Lola, at the shelter.
"Adopt a pet," said Long. "They fill your heart. It's what we should be doing as human beings."
The Adoption Center was fully funded by two very generous donors: Cindy Lotspike of Zoe's No Fleas Market in Thousand Oaks and Sharon and Rich Miller. Sharon is a board member of the Friends of Ventura County Animal Services.
Ventura County Animal Services operates the state's largest no-kill, open admission, municipal shelter and provides care to stray and abandoned animals, promotes animal adoptions, reunites pets with their owners and rescues stray and injured animals. They also process new and renewal pet licenses, host low-cost rabies vaccination clinics and educate the community about animal welfare and proper pet care.