The Humane Society of Ventura County is open for Southern California fire evacuees who are in need of sanctuary for their dogs, cats, horses and other domesticated animals.

“We have increased our capacity in preparation for this year’s fire season and we’re fully staffed to handle the care of all animals brought to our shelter in Ojai,” said Greg Cooper, director of community outreach for the HSVC.

Fire officials have issued mandatory evacuations for thousands of homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties due to the Hill and Woolsey incidents; many of the homes are in equestrian areas, creating particular concern for horse owners in the areas.

The HSVC’s equestrian team is equipped to offer assistance for those who need to evacuate horses.

“We were up most of the night answering phone calls and evacuating horses in the path of these fires,” said Jolene Hoffman, shelter director for the HSVC, on Friday morning. “Our primary concern is for the safety and welfare of your pets, so please do not hesitate to take them to animal rescue centers.”

For more information, call the HSVC’s front desk, at 805-646-6505. For the most up-to-date information, follow the HSVC on Facebook or Instagram or visit its website, at The shelter is located in Ojai, at 402 Bryant St.