In Case of Emergency
Our team works hard year-round to ensure that we’re not only poised to protect the pets in our care, but to save those who come to us from disaster-related rescues. As Sonoma County enters peak fire season, we’re also making sure our own family pets’ go-bags are stocked and that we have a plan in place, come what may. We have pet food, crates, and other supplies to assist Pet Owners affected by the natural disasters and emergencies. Call/Text 707-582-0206 10am-5pm Monday – Saturday if you need help for your pet. Items are available for pickup at both our Santa Rosa and Healdsburg shelters.
Pack a ready kit and be prepared!
The following lists are provided courtesy of Halter Project Animal Disaster Preparedness + Response
Additional Disaster Preparedness Resources
- Ready.gov – a public service campaign providing emergency & disaster preparedness resources
- Halter Project – resources to prepare for a ready response to, and the care of, animals in everyday emergencies and large-scale disasters
- County of Sonoma Flooding Information – know how to prepare for a flood as well as what do do during a flood
- County of Sonoma Wildfire Information – resources for fire preparedness as well as what to do in case of wildfire
- Are your pets’ vaccinations up-to-date? Keep copies of vaccinations and other veterinary records, as well as photos of you with your pets, in your emergency kit.
- Create a “go bag” for your pets. Stock enough supplies for about two weeks of use. Pet carrier, pet food and dishes, manual can opener, bottled water, leash, harness, medications, cat litter and box, first aid kit, blankets, newspaper and plastic bags for waste pick up, familiar items such as pet beds, toys and treats (if easily transportable). Rotate goods out as they expire throughout the year.
- Make a list of your pets’ feeding schedule, medical and behavior notes, and vet contact info in case you have to foster or board your pets.
- Include your pets in your evacuation drills so they become used to getting into carriers and traveling calmly.
- If you are sheltering in place, remember that pets can become anxious during severe storms or other disasters. Make sure they have a safe space in your home where they can relax. Do not leave them outside during a storm.
- Make sure your pets are wearing ID tags and are microchipped – and keep all registration info current.
- Do not leave your pets behind if you need to evacuate your home. Develop a buddy system with family members or neighbors to care for or evacuate your pets if you are not able to do so.
- Identify location of emergency shelters, but keep in mind that some might not be able to accept pets. Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can care
for your pets in an emergency. Prepare a list and add contact info to your phone.
- Find out which hotels in the area are pet-friendly, or may waive policies in an emergency. Research sites such as bringfido.com, hotels.petswelcome.com, pettravel.com, expedia.com/g/rg/pet-friendly-hotels or dogtrekker.com.
- If your pet goes missing during a disaster, please remember to check with your local shelters including the Humane Society of Sonoma County (707) 542-0882 and our Healdsburg shelter (707) 431-3386.
Contacts for emergency evacuation shelters/boarding for pets
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Evacuated/Unhoused people and their pets are allowed + Horses & Livestock
Sonoma County Animal Services
Provides emergency boarding for dogs and cats
(Please note space for dogs is limited)
Paradise Pet Resort in Rohnert Park
Boarding Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Birds, and other Small Animals
Average Cost $48/dogs $25/cats
For more information: https://paradisepetresorts.com/locations/rohnert-park/
VCA Westside Hospital
VCA PetCare West Veterinary Hospital
VCA Animal Hospital of Cotati
VCA Madera Pet Hospital
VCA Tamalpais Animal Hospital
VCA Pet Care East
VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County