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Animal Evacuation Instructions

Animal Evacuation

PLEASE NOTE: The Fairgrounds cannot receive animals until it is declared an evacuation center by the County of Sonoma.


Emergency Evacuation Information Package

Animal Care Checklist

In the event of an emergency evacuation in Sonoma County, the staff of the Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds may be declared an evacuation center by the County of Sonoma. We would like to provide information as to what to expect once you arrive at the Fairgrounds with your animals.


  • Make sure animals have halters, lead ropes and water buckets.
  • Make sure animals are identified. If your animal does not have their name on its halter, put duct tape on it with its name and your phone number or write your phone number on the animal.
  • If you have time, please load some feed on your trailers. While you may have feed delivered to the Fairgrounds, its delivery can be delayed if roads and highways are closed.
  • Pack general first aid supplies, such as antiseptic ointments and bandaging materials.

When your animals arrive at our facility, the driver of each vehicle hauling will be required to fill out an Emergency Evacuation Information package and Animal Care Check List form for each animal. In order to save valuable time we recommend you print these forms and fill in your information before your animals are evacuated. These forms include a map of the Fairgrounds.

Our staff and volunteers will do their best to get the trailers into the barn areas quickly and get the animals unloaded and into stalls. Passenger vehicles may be diverted to park other areas. This will be done to facilitate the sheltering of your animals so trailers and vans may leave as quickly as possible to pick up more animals.

In the event of an evacuation, please call (707) 545-4200 for additional information.

Evening and weekend alternate contacts:

  • Cliff Sanders: (707) 529-8464
  • Robert Garcia: (707) 293-8408
  • Jason Cavanaugh: (707) 547-7343

We hope this information will be helpful to you while you are making your plans in the event of evacuation.

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1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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