2014-08-15 / Community

Shelter reaches ‘no kill’ goal

Due to the partnership and efforts of Camarillo-based Paw Works and Ventura County Animal Services, the county has finally achieved a no-kill status shelter system for animals.

In January, Christina Morgan and Chad Atkins, CEO and COO of Paw Works, dedicated themselves and their resources to achieving a no-kill status in Ventura County.

As a result, Paw Works and VCAS have achieved an average live release rate of 92 percent—the first time in 52 years in Ventura County.

Paw Works alone has rescued 442 animals since January; 46 during the week of June 30 through July 6, typically the busiest for any county shelter due to the Fourth of July holiday.

At the County Board of Supervisors meeting on July 22, Barry Fisher, Health Care Agency director, asked Paw Works to present a “Moment of Inspiration” to the board members. The meeting was the first time that county supervisors publicly recognized the partnership between public animal services, VCAS, and Paw Works from the private sector, and the official no-kill status in the county.

This status makes Ventura County the first major county in California and the second in the state to be no-kill.

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