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Ventura County, CA Dog Resource Guide

Local Laws and Ordinances that Affect Dog Owners

  • Licensing - California state law requires that all dogs four months or older be vaccinated for rabies and be registered and licensed with the local authorities. These can be purchased from local government offices or from some veterinarians. If the dog has been spayed or neutered, the annual fee is ten dollars, five dollars for senior citizens sixty or older. All others are thirty dollars.
  • Leash Laws - California state law requires that all dangerous or vicious dogs be on a leash at all times. Visit the Animal Legal and Historical Center website for information on state definitions of dangerous and vicious dogs. Thousand Oaks and Moorpark require all dogs to be on a leash at all times unless on private property or another off-leash designated area.
  • “Pooper Scooper” Laws - Moorpark ordinances require that all pet owners clean up after their dogs while on public property. Waste must be removed immediately and properly disposed of in designated receptacles.
  • Other Laws Affecting Dog Owners - Local ordinances in Thousand Oaks and Moorpark limit the number of pets allowable to each owner. Thousand Oaks law states that citizens may own no more than three dogs, while the limit in Moorpark is four dogs.

Dog Parks and Dog Park Support Organizations

  • Conejo Creek Dog Park is located in Thousand Oaks. Visit their website for a complete listing of park rules and regulations.
  • Peter Strauss Ranch and Rocky Oaks Park in Agoura offer fun hiking opportunities for dogs and their owners. Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times, and owners must clean up and remove all waste.
  • Corriganville Park in Simi Valley was once the back drop for multiple movies and TV shows in the mid-1900s. It has since been converted into a dog-friendly park with pleasant hiking trails and wide open spaces. Dogs must be on a leash at all times, and owners must clean up and remove all waste.

Humane Societies and Animal Shelters

  • The Humane Society of Ventura County has information about adoptable animals, as well as important news information and tips for pet owners.
  • The Canine Adoption and Rescue League  (C.A.R.L.) was founded in 1996 and is operated mostly by volunteers. They have made a commitment to never euthanize any dog, but diligently continue searching until each dog in their care has a loving home.

Additional Dog Organizations and Ideas We Support

  • is a comprehensive list of dog-friendly local attractions for Southern California. Of special interest are the Leo Carrillo State Beach, Charmlee Natural Area and Malibu Bluffs—all located in Malibu, California. Although a leash is required, these areas offer surfside fun and beautiful hiking trails for pets and owners alike.
  • The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation helps to support the Los Angeles County Animal Control by helping to educate the public on important subjects such as spaying/neutering and sponsors fundraisers to support the Animal Control department in their work toward public education and animal care.
  • The Ventura County Animal Regulation works closely with the local animal shelters to provide education and assistance with stray or unwanted animals as well as dangerous animals. Visit their website for up-to-date, pet-related news, lost and found services, evacuation tips for pet owners, and much more.
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