If you have found a dog, bring it to your local shelter or contact us. If you call for an officer to pick it up, understand that we may not be able to respond immediately. Once the animal is here, we will hold it for at least the state-mandated period of time while looking for the owner. If the owner does not reclaim the animal, you may be able to adopt it. However, we do not, have not, and will not promise, reserve, or hold any animal for a specific person except the actual owner.
If you opt to hold onto the animal, you must make a real effort to locate that person. You cannot legally give the animal to a "rescue" or other party until you have tried for at least 30 days to locate the owner. Place a “Found” ad in the local newspaper, come to the Camarillo or Simi Valley facility to fill out a Found report, notify the Humane Society of Ventura County and post signs in the neighborhood where you found the animal. Since microchips cannot be seen by the naked eye, have the animal scanned at a Shelter or Veterinary hospital for possible microchip identification.