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New Program Helps People Keep Their Pets

A $150,000 grant is helping people keep their pets. The Petco Foundation awarded Ventura County Animal Service with the grant to help boost its new pet retention program.

The program is aimed at making it easier for people to keep their pets with low-cost vaccinations, a pet pantry that provides temporary food assistance and a partnership with veterinarians to provide, in some instance, reduced fees. Besides financial help the program also helps people keep their pets by working on behavior issues and temporary housing while finding a pet a new home.

Ventura County Animal Services says the retention program is helping keep hundreds of dogs in their loving homes, instead of being surrendered to the overcrowded shelter.

“So far last month alone, without any promotions and putting it out there to the public, we deterred 158 dogs and cats from coming into the shelter. With that we have reduced the owner surrender rate by 50-percent at the shelter which is huge,” said Katie Navarro, Ventura County Animal Services’ pet retention coordinator.

Ventura County Animal Services is the largest no-kill shelter in the state. Programs like the Pet Retention Program are helping it stay that way.

To help reduce the overcrowding at the Ventura County Animal Shelter, a special Adopt-A-Thon will be taking place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Camarillo location at 600 Aviation Drive. The event will feature fun activities, and waived adoption fees for adult dogs and cats will be waived.

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