ABOUT THE ANIMAL SAFETY UNIT
Our mission is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of pets and people in Oxnard.
We imagine the day when Oxnard residents, their property, and neighborhoods will be safe from the dangers and nuisances of irresponsible pet ownership; animals will not suffer due to abuse, neglect, or ignorance; and all pets would realize an enhanced quality of life in a good home with caring owners.
We value the integrity of each officer and employee who contributes to the professional conveyance of excellent customer service and the humane treatment and protection of people and animals in an environment with open communication and respect for each other.
The primary purpose of Oxnard Animal Safety Unit is to provide a wide variety of State mandated and City services relating to animal safety and animal protection. We promote and protect public safety through education and animal law enforcement.
Our officers patrol the streets for animals allowed to roam at large, whether they are lost, injured or abandoned, that may create a public nuisance by destroying property, and causing injuries to themselves and others.
We are also here to protect your health. Rabies is a disease that can be transmitted by an animalâs saliva or skunk spray and can be carried by any warm-blooded animals, including humans. Rabies is fatal once the symptoms appear. Ventura County is a rabies-endemic area. There are half-a-dozen cases in wildlife every year. The danger is amplified, but not limited to, the Countyâ’s rural areas. Vaccinating and licensing your animals will assure the control of rabies.
Oxnard Animal Safety Officers provide service 24 hours a day/5 days a week and are available on-call for emergencies.
Who needs an animal license?
All dogs/cats over four months of age residing in the city limits of Oxnard need an animal license. Even dogs/cats that are indoor-only or confined to fenced yards are required to have a current animal license.
Why do I need to license my pet?
Licensing your pet is one of the few means available to enforce responsible pet ownership. If your pet is found, a license tag on your animal’s collar is the fastest way to reunite you and your pet. The license tag will tell us where you live because they can’t.
It is the law to license your pet! Also, since Ventura County is rabies declared area, the license enforcement program helps to ensure public safety through rabies control by requiring proof of valid rabies vaccination before a license is issued.
When do I license my pet?
Dogs and cats shall be licensed at the age of 4 months or within 30 days of acquiring your pet. Do not wait until your animal is spayed or neutered to obtain a license.
How much is the license fee?
(55 years +)
|12 Month License||$15||$25||$105|
|24 Month License||$20||$40||$210|
|36 Month License||$25||$60||$315|
A penalty of 100% will be assessed if not licensed at the age of four (4) months or within 30 days of acquiring your pet.
What do I need to license my pet?
Submit a valid rabies certificate issued by a veterinarian or authorized rabies clinic, and pay the appropriate fee(s) to license your pet. If the pet has been altered, you would need to submit proof of sterilization.
There are three options to license your pet:
- Online at:http://www.vcas.us/programs-services/license-your-pet
- In person at the Camarillo Animal Shelter: 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo CA. 93010
- Mail-In to the Camarillo Animal Shelter at the above listed address. (Please include the provided payment form)
What new options does Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) offer?
VCAS is able to offer senior discounts, multiple year licenses, and online services, not previously offered.
How long is the rabies vaccination good for?
Initial rabies vaccination is good for one (1) year. The next series of rabies vaccinations thereafter should be good for three (3) years. Please contact your veterinarian for further information.
What if I don’t have a rabies certificate yet?
If you don’t have a rabies certificate yet, you can purchase an interim. (An interim is a receipt of payment only and good for 30 days. It is not a license! This will give you plenty of time to get a rabies vaccination for your pet and submit the certificate to Animal Licensing before the due date. Once you submit the current rabies vaccination, you will be issued a license for your pet. If you do not submit the rabies certificate by the due date the license fee paid to the city will be forfeited and you will be required to pay for the license fee again and penalty (100% of the license fee) and you are in violation of Oxnard City Code Section 5-29, which could result in the issuance of a citation.
How long is the license good for?
VCAS has the resources to offer our citizens many options not previously available through the City which are:
- 12 months
- 24 months
- 36 months
Your animal license is good as long as the rabies certificate is valid for the duration of that license.
What if I don’t pay a license?
You will be in violation of the Oxnard City Code and guilty of a misdemeanor, which could result in the issuance of a citation. Any dog or cat found without a current license tag or for which there is no current license may be taken up and impounded by the poundmaster or any peace officer. http://amlegal.com/library/ca/oxnard.shtml
I didn’t know I needed a license; I should not have to pay a penalty.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse not complying or finding out the requirements for having a pet in the City of Oxnard. The Oxnard City Code states that a penalty is due if the license is not acquired within 30 days after the pet turns four months old or within 30 days after acquiring the pet.
What is the penalty if my pet is not licensed?
The penalty for an animal license is 100% of the license fee as adopted by city council resolution.
Do I need to bring my pet with me to get a license?
No. You do not need to bring in your pet to get a license, only present an acceptable rabies vaccination certificate, and furnish the information required when you apply for a license.
What do I get after paying the fee?
A license tag will be issued after providing a valid rabies certificate and paying the fee.
Does my pet need to wear the tag?
Yes. The license tag is your pet’s identification. This will ensure you can be reunited with them if found. Any dog or cat found without a current license tag may be taken and impounded by the poundmaster or any peace officer.
SEC. 5-51. DOG EXEMPTION FROM WEARING LICENSE TAG.
The license tag need not be worn when the dog is:
(A) Securely confined in a cage or vehicle;
(B) Confined in a veterinary facility, licensed kennel,
grooming facility, or State chartered benevolent
organization for the care of animals; or
(C) Participating in or training for sporting events,
field trials, obedience classes, dog shows
or herding livestock.
SEC. 5-52. CAT EXEMPTION FROM WEARING LICENSE TAG.
The license tag need not be worn when the cat is:
(A) Identified by a microchip implanted under the
skin which is acceptable to and readable
by the poundmaster;
(B) Securely confined in a cage or vehicle;
(C) Confined in a veterinary facility, licensed kennel,
cattery, grooming facility or State chartered
benevolent organization for the care of animals; or
(D) Being shown or exhibited in any cat or pet show.
Do I get a renewal notice before it expires?
Yes. A renewal notice will be mailed to you the month before the expiration date. However, it is only a courtesy notice and it is your responsibility to renew the license whether you receive a notice or not. You have 30 days after the due date to renew the license without penalties.
My pet’s license is still valid but I am transferring ownership, what do I do?
The new owner may have the current license transferred to his/her name. Please contact VCAS at (805) 388-4341 for further information.
Do I need to license my dog if it is a guide dog or service dog?
Yes. A license tag shall be issued free of charge to a dog used as a guide dog for a blind person when an affidavit attesting to the dog’s use as a guide dog has been submitted when applying for an animal license. If you have a disability and use a service dog to assist you, you will need to apply for an animal license and pay the fee.
How many dogs/cats can I have?
The Oxnard City Code allows a person in a residential zone to maintain no more than four (4) dogs and four (4) cats over the age of four (4) months.
Where does the fee I pay go?
Your license fee goes to the animal licensing program to be used for animal safety services and public safety.
For more information regarding animal licensing
Please contact Animal Licensing at (805) 385-7818.
*Animal Safety Office*
251 South C Street (second floor of the Police Department)
Oxnard, CA 93030
Monday – Friday (8:00am-5:00pm)
*To report animal safety related calls for service (including after hours and on weekends):*
For animal related calls: (805) 385-7640
For animal related emergencies: (805) 385-7786
For animal bite assistance or animal licensing (as of 8/1/19) information
Ventura County Animal Services
600 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
To report an animal bite: