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J.T., the cat in the photo above, was adopted from VIVA along with a litter mate when he was just a kitten. He was much-loved and lived a very happy life with his favorite person until his death in 2004 at 15 years of age.

We have several goals at VIVA: one of them is to find such happy, permanent homes for the 150 or so cats living in our no-kill, cage-free cattery. Another of our goals is to decrease the population of unwanted cats by helping the people in our community get their cats spayed and neutered.

Please use the links above to learn more about us, to pick out a new pet, or to find out how to help. Thank you for your interest and support.


VIVA Pet Adoption Center
133 North D Street
Lompoc, CA 93436

About Us

Volunteers for Inter-Valley Animals (VIVA) was founded in 1981 by four friends with only $30 and a commitment to help the homeless, injured, and starving animals in the Lompoc Valley.

VIVA initiated a program of humane activities including rescues, adoptions, and spay/neuter assistance with the help of a growing legion of volunteers. Since inception, VIVA has directly helped over eight thousand animals.

We have operated an adoption center in Lompoc for the past 20 years. Right now, we have almost 150 cats in residence. While we hope that many will be adopted into loving homes, those cats who aren't adopted will live their lives in a safe, comfortable, cat-friendly environment.

We also own a retirement home for cats--Sylvester House. The residents of Sylvester House are cats whose people have passed away or can no longer take care of them.

We are now expanding our assistance to animals in Santa Barbara County by building a feral sanctuary. Although we believe that trap-neuter-release (TNR) is the most humane method of controlling the feral cat population, there are times when that option isn't viable. For instance, we sometimes rescue a feral mother cat nursing a litter. Since the mother cat stays with us until her litter is weaned, it's not safe to return her to her old territory. Rather, we would spay her and place her at our feral sanctuary. Although we have the land required for our sanctuary, we need additional funds for fencing, outbuildings, and other necessities. If you are interested in helping secure a place for feral cats to live in safety by providing funds or services, please donate now or e-mail us with additional information.

Our vision is to assist in creating a no-kill world by rescuing and finding lifelong homes for adoptable animals. Although we are located in Santa Barbara County, we will offer support and assistance to rescue organizations and animals without regard for geographic boundaries.


You can help us make a better world for animals by adopting one (or two!) into your home. Our cattery is a no-kill shelter with limited space, so we can only take in new animals when we find homes for the ones currently in our care. Although we do provide a nice environment for our cats, they would be much happier in their own homes with their own people.

If you're interested in adopting a dog, please contact our dog program coordinator, Barb Hayes, and see if she knows of one that will fit into your family. Our dogs are all being fostered by nice families, but foster placement is a temporary solution. Our dogs really need their very own families who are willing to care for them forever.

If you can't adopt, consider sponsoring a special needs cat. Special needs cats are cats that will probably live the remainder of their lives at our cattery. Some have special medical requirements; others have been with us so long that leaving the cattery would be too stressful for them. For a donation of $25 per month, you can be the person responsible for ensuring the continued comfort of one of these special cats. Come down to the adoption center and pick out the cat you'd like to sponsor.

If you think you're ready to adopt, please take the time to read our adoption policies. We hope to see you soon.