Ventura County Animal Services honored at Board of Supervisors: No Kill for 2014

By Debra Tash

At its February 3rd meeting the Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognized the combined efforts of Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) staff and volunteers to turn area shelters to “No Kill in 2014.” Only 9% of the animals brought in are euthanized, those who are too ill or present a hazard to the public.  Tara Diller, Director of VCAS, along with volunteers, did a 50 minute presentation to celebrate their achievement:

Tara Diller, Ventura County Animal Services Director

Tara Diller, Ventura County Animal Services Director

There were many success stories such as Beauty, a young pit bull who has just been adopted.  She was brought to the shelter with a broken neck.  In most jurisdictions this dog would have been put down.  But Beauty was nursed back to health with the help of staff and volunteers, who watched this animal regain her strength over the following months after her surrender.

Diller said, “It will take a community.”  She urged people to volunteer and to adopt these animals.  The shelters are supported by County funds but also by volunteers, pet rescues, fund-raisers and sponsors.  The shelters are once more dangerously overcrowded, so they are asking for people to consider adding a new family member.

One volunteer remarked, “The dogs that really pull on our heartstrings are the ones that go months without being adopted.”

”There is a niche for everybody who wants to contribute to this effort,” Supervisor Steve Bennett said.  He also called on all the cities inside the County to support the shelters.


Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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