Request Welfare Checks or Assistance
If you are concerned about an animal that is in an area affected by a natural disaster you can request a welfare check by contacting Sonoma County Animal Services. If you reside in an area outside of Sonoma County, call 911, or your local animal welfare agency.
Have your information ready
1. Your name and cell number
2. Type of help needed: Injured animal? Loose livestock? Evacuation? Welfare Check for Animals Sheltered in Place?
3. Location (neighborhood, address, cross streets).
4. On a freeway or highway: Give highway name, direction (north, east, south, west), mile marker, nearest exit or landmark, etc.
5. Access Info: Narrow road? Turns? Low trees? Gated entry? Code? Locks?
6. Species & number of animals (horses, mules, minis, goat, sheep, llamas, pigs, poultry, cats, dogs, etc.)
7. Can they be handled? Do they load in a trailer?
8. Injuries? Describe
9. Is anyone at property now?
10. Have you called anyone else?
In any emergency or disaster, "spontaneous", self-deployed helpers arriving on the scene, who are not trained in emergency response, often put everyone, including animals, at risk. To be the safest and most effective Helper in any animal crisis, "KNOW BEFORE YOU GO". Train to be an Animal Service Disaster Worker.
Sheltering Animals in Place
Shelter animals in safest, cleanest place
Away from trees, wood structures, vehicles, propane tanks, and BBQs
Leave as much water as possible
Put ID on animals if possible
Remove nylon halters, collars, masks, etc.
Leave access to property open
Open electric gates, locks, etc.
DO NOT turn livestock or equines loose near a road
If You Must Leave Animals Behind
1. Try to ID your animals-crayons, spray paint, magic markers — phone#, or a “brand”.
2. Take photos!
3. Leave a sign in a visible place that tells responders who is there, date and time you evacuated.
Recent Evacuation Thank Yous!
Thank you to the MANY resources who responded with organized, safe assistance for transportation, and the MANY ranch and facility owners who offered safe havens for equines and livestock. Special thanks to CHANGE, SERRA, Napa-CART, and Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch for your well-prepared and mindful evacuation volunteer response. Thank you to the Marine Horse Council for compiling and distributing a comprehensive and accessible list of evacuation sites. Thank you, Napa County OES for collaborative support and guidance to the equine and livestock community. Thank you to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the Student Veterinary Response Team (s-VERT). Thank you to the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, (CVMRC), and the other MANY local vets who responded. Thank you to the Sonoma County and Solano County Fairgrounds for providing lifesaving and extensive shelter for animals, people and basecamp facilities for first responders. Thank you Sonoma County Horse Council members and others who volunteered to assist at the shelters.
If you see, or find, a wild animal in distress, please contact:
Wildlife Rescue Hotline
Leave a message please. They have 21 shifts a week, staffed by experienced volunteers who are waiting to help. If you feel it is an emergency, please call (707) 486-0226 and they will address your concerns immediately.
Here are signs of animals in need of rescue and care:
Wandering around during the day
Appearing lost or dazed
Looking thin and or sickly
Signs of injuries can be noticed like limping, dragging limbs, laying on their sides in the open or partially hidden