HALTER Project, established in 2013, is a grass-roots project
based in Sonoma County, California, dedicated to the safety and welfare of people and animals in emergencies and disasters. HALTER Project has a two-fold mission supporting planning and preparedness for animals and people.
FIRST RESPONDER ANIMAL AWARENESS & RESPONSE: HALTER Project provides support to first responders for training, and equipment to assist animals in emergencies. This includes sponsorship and scholarships for Animal Technical Rescue Certification, grants for animal rescue equipment, collaborative development and delivery of teaching tools, and fundraising assistance to agencies and NGOs providing animal technical rescue services.
INDIVIDUAL & COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS: The HALTER Project is commited to inspiring and enabling individual and community preparedness for people and their animals. We connect people who care about animals – from family pets, backyard chickens, fibershed animals, 4-H projects, to equine boarding facilities, commercial dairies, and livestock ranches, with resources to be safe and prepared in any emergency or disaster. We support local, regional, and national non-profits by promoting awareness of their work and achievements.
Our “Road to Readiness” has 2 paths. Whichever you chose, we hope it leads you and your animals to safety in any emergency or disaster.
We connect responders with training resources for Animal Technical Rescue, basic equine and livestock handling, and other skills required to respond to incidents involving animals.
We provide preparedness outreach for individuals and communities through events, public speaking engagements, school and service club presentations, and other activities.
We support development of volunteer animal disaster response resources.
We produced 3 annual Ranch Readiness Day events and the 2018 Home and Ranch Readiness Summit. We're actively engaged with our local community in outreach activities for seniors, livestock owners, and youth ag groups.
We maintain a preparedness resource library on the HALTER website.
Our newsletters, blogs, articles for various media connect our large community with stories about preparedness and resilience.
Not directly. HALTER is not a 501(c)(3) organization. The HALTER Project team works to assist local organizations and agencies to raise awareness through outreach, and help develop and enhance fundraising efforts for Animal Technical Rescue (ATR) and Community Preparedness. HALTER directly funds ATR trainings for local first responders, and provides Emergency Kit donations to charity events.
If needed, HALTER will provide financial assistance through scholarships to local fire and law enforcement agencies. These agencies, and some non-profits, sometimes pay for their personnel to attend trainings. HALTER provides scholarships to firefighters, Animal Control officers, sheriff's deputies, and any other first responders from Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties who request financial assistance with tuition fees.
If you live in the Bay Area of Northern California, and would like to help with activities such as outreach events, email us at HALTERfund.org, with subject: Volunteer.
If you live somewhere else, and would like to help us help others, let us know by getting in touch, and following us on FaceBook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.
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There are several training resources nationwide. For firefighters and others, the Large Animal Rescue Company is authorized to teach FSTEP Awareness and Technical courses that are approved by the California State Fire Marshal.
The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine offers several Continuing Education (CE) courses through multiple departments and institutes.
UC Davis Center For Equine Health
UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security
UC Davis International Animal Welfare Training Institute
A local or individual emergency is one that involves just an individual or small isolated group, such as a road accident, an animal stuck or down and unable to get up or out, a trail or other riding accident, loose livestock on a public road.
In a local or individual emergency, local first responders (fire and/or animal control), will be dispatched to assist and will be in command.
A disaster is an event that impacts a large geographic area and many people and animals, such as a flood, fire, earthquake, landslide, severe storm, or epidemic.
In a disaster, many agencies will be deployed under a "unified command" system, and regional, state, and Federal Emergency Services may all be coordinating the response, INCLUDING all non-government organizations (NGOs) and volunteer groups.
Fire-Rescue teams, Animal Control, stable and show facility owners, stock & breeding farms, veterinarians. HALTER helps North Bay fire departments and Animal Control purchase equipment. If you would like to help visit our Wish List for more information.
Become an informed, trained, and prepared community member and animal owner. Know how to save yourself and your animals. Take FEMA online awareness courses, join a CERT, become a Certified Disaster Service Worker (DSW), and/or join a volunteer rescue team, such as North Valley Animal Disaster Team (NVADG).
No, UNLESS you are an identifiable Disaster Service Worker (DSW) recognized by the jurisdiction Incident Commander. If you have animals belonging to someone else, and must move them without authorization by Incident Command, be sure to FOLLOW IMPORTANT GUIDELINES:
1. Take photos and address information, and
2. Get to the nearest command site for instructions.
DO NOT DRIVE TO A DISASTER WITHOUT CLEARANCE AND OFFICIAL INSTRUCTIONS! DO NOT MOVE ANIMALS ACROSS COUNTY OR STATE LINES WITHOUT LEGAL AUTHORIZATION! CROSSING ROADBLOCKS, & DISREGARDING INCIDENT COMMAND PUTS YOU & THE RESCUERS AT RISK!
Your local Office of Emergency Services will post information; American Red Cross, local Farm Bureau, local Horse Council, Local Animal Services, CAVMRC (California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, for vets & techs) will provide up to date and accurate information about what's needed, and how to help. Look for specific areas of interest to you, and go to the resource that is handling Horses & Livestock, Evacuation & Sheltering, Supplies, etc.
In any disaster, there will be numerous ways to donate. Crowd-funding sites will provide a very fast, direct way to help specific individuals, businesses, or groups. Legitimate non-profit organizations will post needs and ways to donate.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE SUPPLIES TO DISASTER AREAS. Coordinate with the local agencies and organizations providing clear, specific needs and instructions. International relief organizations, such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), (link to) http://www.ifaw.org/united-states will post informations forfloral relief efforts.
ONLY if you are a trained DSW recognized by the Disaster jurisdiction.
No, UNLESS your property is recognized as a legal evacuation and shelter site by local Emergency Managers (Animal Control, Health Services, etc.), ensuring that all protocols for identification, intake, bio-safety (animal health), transportation safety, and security are followed.