Ventura County, CA


About Our Chapter

Pets for Vets Ventura County (PFV-VCC) was started in May 2014 by Mardu and Ron Lydick and serves the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura and Woodland Hills.

With over 46,000 veterans living in Ventura County and an estimated 6,500 active members at the Naval Base in Ventura County, PFV-VCC has a unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of many of our nation’s heroes.

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PFV-VCC works closely with animal rescue organizations and local shelters, such as Ventura County Animal Services, the Agoura Animal Shelter and the LA County Department of Animal Care & Control to rescue, train and pair animals with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI). The chapter also organizes an annual fundraising gala, featuring celebrity and veteran entertainment, to increase awareness of PFVVCC and raise money to support the program.

With a dedicated, all-volunteer team, PFVVCC is changing the lives of animals and veterans, one match at a time.

A serendipitous melding of their two passions – veteran causes and animal rescue — Mardu and Ron Lydick founded the  Ventura County Chapter of Pets for Vets on May 1, 2014. Longtime supporters of the Soldier’s Project, the Gary Sinise Foundation, and Wounded Warriors, as well as being involved with animal rescue for over 15 years, the Lydicks sought to build an organization that would provide a win-win way to give back to America’s troops who have given so much for us. The Ventura County Chapter serves the cities of Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Fillmore, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula and Ventura.

Mardu and Ron have been involved with animal rescue for more than 15 years. In addition they have fostered many dogs and cats placing them in their forever homes. During this time, they have grown their pet family to include 5 dogs and 3 cats. You can’t foster all these years and not be a foster fail a couple of times! When they became aware of the PFV organization, they knew their experience and love for shelter animals along with their strong support for local veterans was a perfect match!

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