Adoption & Foster Information

Frequently Asked Questions
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Is it now the law in Santa Paula for my pet to be spayed or neutered?
In 2014, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved a mandatory Spay and Neuter Ordinance (4421-3) requiring all dogs and cats four (4) months and older to be spayed or neutered. The purpose of this ordinance is to control the overpopulation of animals in Ventura County, but there are a number of additional benefits to having your pet spayed and neutered.
What does no-kill mean?

No-Kill means that no healthy adoptable animal will be euthanized due to lack of space, treatable medical issues, behavioral challenges, or time spent at the shelter.

How can I help the shelter?
We always need help! You can adopt or foster a pet from SPARC, volunteer at the shelter, donate items or money, help at events, raise awareness on social media and so much more. Click here
I think my lost pet is at SPARC. What do I need to do to get it out?

You will need to bring a personal photo of the pet plus current vet records that show ownership and include information about a CURRENT RABIES vaccination. Paperwork will need to be completed, and fees will be assessed.

Do you accept animals from other cities?

Unfortunately not. SPARC is able to help the animals of Santa Paula, CA, and but doesn’t yet have the resources to help pets from other areas.

Do you know if this dog or cat is good with other dogs and cats or with kids?

Please check each pet’s individual bio to find out more about them. If you still have a question, please email adoptions@santapaulaarc.org.

Can I adopt this animal today and pick it up in a few days?

While we try to accommodate each individual circumstance, as a No-Kill shelter, our kennel space is limited, so we do expect that animals will be adopted and sent home the same day, subject to home checks, as required.

How do I make an appointment to adopt a pet?

Please call or email the shelter at appointments@santapaulaarc.org to set up an appointment to meet and adopt a pet.

I found a stray animal who do I call?

If you found the animal within Santa Paula city limits and are able to safely catch the animal, please call 805-525-8609 and bring the animal into SPARC. If you cannot safely catch the animal, please call the SPPD at 805-525-4474 for an Animal Control Officer to pick it up.

My children want to help the animals at SPARC - how can they do that?

That’s great! We are always in need of help! Unfortunately due to insurance restrictions, children under 18 years of age are not allowed to interact directly with the animals, but we have many ways that they can make a difference, such as reading to the animals. Please contact us!

Can you help me find a home to rent which allows pets?

Yes, Ventura County Animal Services has compiled a great resource page at http://vcaspitcrew.com/resources/ to help people find a pet-friendly landlord.

Is it a good idea to let my dog or cat have a litter of babies before I get it spayed or neutered?

No, definitely not! Not only is it healthier for your pet to be spayed/neutered, but pets are being killed in shelters every day due to overcrowding. Please help save lives and don’t allow your pet to reproduce. Please also remember that it is now against the law in Santa Paula to have an animal that has not been spayed/neutered (with very few exceptions).

In 2014, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved a mandatory Spay and Neuter Ordinance (4421-3) requiring all dogs and cats four (4) months and older to be spayed or neutered. The purpose of this ordinance is to control the overpopulation of animals in Ventura County, but there are a number of additional benefits to having your pet spayed and neutered.

Can I bring my pet to SPARC to be spayed/neutered?

Unfortunately we don’t have a veterinarian on staff to perform spay/neuter surgeries, but there are some low cost, non-profit options in the area such asMercy Crusade in Oxnard, CA or Valley Veterinary Clinic in Simi Valley, CA

Are there any resources out there to help with veterinary bills?

Yes, click here to learn more.

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