Squirrel of the month

JUST HANGING AROUND—Jere Berkley of Agoura Hills snapped this shot of a squirrel dropping by the backyard on June 1. Send your squirrel photos to

Pandemic pups: life after lockdown

With millions of Americans out of a job and more working from home, many have found the health emergency to be the perfect time to bring home a furry friend, nicknamed “pandemic puppies.” But while the increase in pet adoptions is exciting for animal rescue groups, it also raises concerns about a surge in returned pets as counties begin to […]

Whooo’s that?

EYES ON YOU—Gary Sindell saw this owl perched on a olive tree in the front yard of his Oak Park home. While a variety of birds and squirrels have proven to be regular visitors to the Sindell home on Bayberry Street, this is the first time an owl has stopped by to say hello.

Looking for a new quarantine friend?

Ventura County Animal Services has received approval from Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura County Public Health Officer, to reinstate pet adoptions on a limited basis at the Camarillo Animal Shelter. The authorization applies only to pet adoptions; all other pandemic restrictions are still in effect. All adoptions will be conducted by appointment only and the shelter remains closed to the public […]

Financial help offered for pet owners

The Little Angels Project is an Agoura Hills-based veterinary service provider and rescue. Due to the pandemic, people with pets may be struggling to provide care for them due to limited funds. Little Angels strives to keep people and their pets together during difficult times. The Little Angels Help Program provides financial assistance to owners with pets requiring life-saving treatment […]

Study shows coyotes are not your average canine

The final result of a multi-year National Park Service and Cal State Northridge research project on coyote diets shows that the urban canines eat differently than their suburban counterparts. The new study used several techniques including scat analysis. It found that pet cats and human food resources, including garbage and ornamental fruits, accounted for between 60% and 75% of urban […]

Squirrel of the month

WILL DO GYMNASTICS FOR FOOD—Westlake resident Denise J. Danne sent in this photo of a squirrel she says will do anything to get into one of her bird feeders for food. “I have Cooper’s hawks and crows, too, but my little squirrels are my favorite,” she said.


KEEPING A SAFE DISTANCE—This young lady comes knocking on the patio window of the Camille and Gary Sindell home on Bayberry Street in Oak Park. If you have a Squirrel of the Month photo to share, please send it to

VC Animal Services reduces services

Until further notice, all nonessential services at Ventura County Animal Services will be discontinued and some ancillary services will be reduced in preparation for a possible surge of incoming animals in need of assistance due to the pandemic. The goal is to limit the number of animals housed on site. However, VCAS will never turn away a sick or injured […]

Share some pet love

Working from home? Are the kids out of school and in need of some joy and distraction? If you’ve been considering adding a pet family member now is the time. Dog walking and cat cuddling all fall within the guidelines for social distancing. The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center has plenty of animals that would love to spend some time […]

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