Greetings!

So, you want to volunteer! That's EXCELLENT!  Being a volunteer at Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) makes a HUGE difference in the lives of the animals in our care.  Let's have fun! Let's make a difference...together!

HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER:

  1. Complete the application below (1 per person).  Each applicant must have a different email address and phone number.  After you have completed the application, we will email you a link to watch educational videos to get you started.
  2. Tap/click here to watch this orientation video prior to your First Day Training.
  3. You will be contacted either by email or phone by a Mentor Volunteer to schedule your training.
  4. When you arrive at VCAS for your First Day Training, please park on the street (Aviation Drive) and not in our parking lot as we need to ensure there is plenty of space for visitors and potential adopters.  Please check in with the front counter staff and have a seat.  Your Mentor will come up to meet you.
  5. Please wear closed-toe shoes and pants that can get a little dirty.
  6. You may also want to wear a hat and/or sunscreen as we will be outdoors for part of the training.
  7. Please bring $10 to purchase a Volunteer T-Shirt ($15 for long-sleeve and $20 for a hoodie). We have sizes from Youth Large to Adult 4XL.


LOCATION OF TRAINING:

Camarillo Animal Shelter

600 Aviation Drive

Camarillo, CA 93010


Simi Valley Animal Shelter 

670 W Los Angeles Avenue

Simi Valley, CA 93065


If you live near the Simi Valley Animal Shelter and wish to volunteer there only, please email vcar.volunteer@ventura.org and they will direct you to the right person.


We are looking forward to seeing you soon!


Warm Regards,

Ventura County Animal Services


Contact Information

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Emergency Contact

In case you have an accident or are injured during a shift, please provide us the name and phone number of a friend or family member you would like us to contact:


Availability & Preferences

Please provide us with your regular availability (you may change this at any time in your volunteer portal), animal(s) of interest, and location preferences.


'I Agree' to the Following Terms:

𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐋𝐢𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲
𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘸:
In exchange for the privilege and license to enter and use VCAS facilities, and interaction with the VCAS animals on or off VCAS premises, I do hereby release and forever hold harmless the County of Ventura, its Board of Supervisors, the Ventura County Animal Services Division, and their officers, agents, employees, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively herein County) from and against any and all claims for injury, disability, or death sustained by me or for damage to my property, and from any other claims, demands, liability, judgments, awards, costs and expenses of whatsoever kind and nature, which may arise from or during my use of VCAS facilities, and interaction with VCAS animals on or off VCAS premises. I agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the County from and against any and all liability whatsoever arising out of or related to my negligent performance of duties under this agreement.
I will treat all animals and other volunteers with respect and I will work as a team member with all volunteers. I hereby certify that I have never been convicted of animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment.
I will abide by all VCAS policies and procedures and follow the directions/instructions of the VCAS Volunteer Coordinator and Animal Officers.
I agree to be supervised by the appropriate staff members and will report any problems that arise directly to the Volunteer Coordinator.
I understand my privilege to enter and use the facilities carries certain risks, such as, personal injury, property damage, disability, or death and I hereby assume fully all risks from my use of said facilities as a volunteer.
I understand the possible risk of bringing home illnesses from the Shelter to personal pets or vice versa and must have current vaccinations for animals at home.
I understand the potential safety risks of working with animals and that I may not bring friends or relatives with me while working at the shelter facility.
I acknowledge that my use of the facilities is for my own benefit, is voluntary, and is personal, and is not assignable to or intended to support any group for any reason except VCAS.
My use of the facilities is not within the scope of any employment relationship between the County and myself. I will not be compensated in any form for my time spent at the facilities or my efforts expended within the facilities; 𝐧𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐈 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲'𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐈 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐣𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐝.
I understand that VCAS relies on me to be present for all of my scheduled shifts. In addition, I will also provide advance notice to the Volunteer Coordinator of any such shift changes.
I authorize VCAS to seek emergency medical treatment for me in case of accident, injury, or illness. I understand and acknowledge that it is my responsibility not to exceed any guidelines that my physician or other health care provider has established or may establish for me. It is solely my responsibility to determine what my physical limitations are or may be and that I should disclose these limitations on my volunteer application.
I warrant that as of the date of this signing that I currently have sufficient health, disability and life insurance as determined by me or my advisors to cover me. Moreover, I fully assume any and all risk for any lapse in or insufficiency of coverage in said health, disability, and life insurance in the event of my injury, disability, damage or death resulting from the use of the facilities.
If I fail to abide by the terms of this Agreement or am otherwise unable to meet the requirements of the volunteer program, which are subject to change by VCAS from time to time, I understand that I will be terminated from the program. I also understand that I may at any time be removed from my position as a volunteer at the sole discretion of the Volunteer Coordinator or other Senior Managers.
Tetanus Information: I understand that because I may handle animals, it is important to discuss the tetanus vaccine with my physician. I release VCAS from all responsibility that may occur because of my not pursuing this matter further and I understand whatever decision I make is at my own risk.
I give permission for VCAS to photograph or film me for use in any publication, educational, or advertising purposes VCAS may designate.
I state that I am of lawful age and legally competent to sign this Agreement and Release of Liability.
I certify that the information provided here is accurate and complete. I authorize reference and employment verification as necessary for specific positions.
I acknowledge that my volunteer status with the county is classified as an unpaid employee, and that I am ineligible for Workers Compensation coverage if injured while volunteering. I understand that I will not be compensated monetarily for the work I do while volunteering with Ventura County Animal Services. I agree that, for any accident or injury that I may be a party to or witness, I will make a report to the Volunteer Coordinator or other shelter supervisor immediately so an accident or injury report can be completed.

𝐂𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭:
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to treat all animals and humans with dignity and respect, keeping all pets in their personal care in compliance with all federal, state, and local requirements.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to promote positive, professional, courteous and collaborative relationships within the Department and with other organizations and individuals.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to communicate consistently, truthfully and with integrity inside and outside of our organization.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to recognize and respect the value of each individual and group, keeping an open mind to all viewpoints.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to be fair and just.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to continuously improve our organization’s operations and delivery of services.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to, at all times, be attentive to their duties and provide the highest quality of service to animals and humans in need of our assistance.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to, at all times, use sound judgment and remain emotionally composed, alert and observant during the course of their duties.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to develop, maintain and demonstrate proficiency in current professional sheltering and animal welfare practices.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to refrain from any conduct that is unbecoming or that in any way discredits, disrupts, or erodes the efforts of our organization.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to perform their job duties satisfactorily, including demonstrating the ability and the initiative to meet all of our organization’s required standards, policies, and procedures.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to respect the confidential, proprietary, and sensitive nature of information related to the Department’s operations, including, but not limited to, animals, adopters, pet owners, staff, volunteers, donors, and legal filings.
• Staff/Volunteers are expected to be neat and clean, except when duties or assignments prevent normal attire or appearance.
• Staff/Volunteers shall not accept any gratuity, gift, or other valuable article from an individual, company or organization doing business with the County because gifts can be viewed as unethical attempts to influence our organization’s operations. Although some offers are made in good faith and intent, all staff/volunteers are expected to remain free from any potential conflict of interest. Any gift of a substantial value offered by an outside party should be politely, but firmly, declined. Any such items received must be turned into Department Director within 30 days of receipt.
• Staff/Volunteers shall not use Department resources for personal gain.
• Staff/Volunteers shall not harass, discriminate against, or refuse professional services to anyone on the basis of any protected characteristics, including, but not limited to, race, color, age, sex/gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or nationality.
• Staff/Volunteers will maintain a responsible reputation, both on-duty and off-duty, as well as promote a positive image of Ventura County Animal Services and all people associated with VCAS. Disparaging Ventura County Animal Services’ staff and/or department, and any conduct unbecoming will not be tolerated.
• Staff/Volunteers will not engage in negative gossip. Specifically the following activities, will not be tolerated – talking about someone in a negative or critical manner when they are not present, repeating hearsay information about another person (spreading a rumor), or violating a person’s confidence by repeating information meant to be confidential. It is considered gossip when you are passing along information without verifying if it is true, spreading a rumor with the intent to harm another person’s reputation or spreading information that doesn’t serve a useful purpose and doesn’t honor the values of VCAS when one talks, emails, etc., in such a manner.