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Sonoma County Fairgrounds Shelter

Animal Evacuation

Disaster Assistance Information

Residents of Sonoma County who suffered damage or losses from the devastating fires can now register for assistance with FEMA by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov or calling 800-621-3362. Please see the link below for more information about the application process:

FEMA News Release & Fact Sheet 10/13/17

Shelter & Evacuation Information

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

Owners with horses and livestock that are being temporarily sheltered at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds are encouraged to call any of the contacts below to make arrangements for short or long term boarding needs. Property owners, please call (707) 545-4200 if you would like to be added to this list.

Property Owners willing to take in animals

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is coordinating donations of feed and supplies for livestock and horses. To donate goods including hay and livestock supplies or to request assistance, Sonoma County Farm Bureau can be reached at emily@sonomafb.org or 707-544-5575.

For animal evacuation information, please use the links below:

Emergency Evacuation Information Package

Animal Care Checklist

UPDATE 10/13 4:18 PM: The fairgrounds is still open to evacuees with plenty of room for large and small animals at this time. (You must be able to stay with your animals.)

Large animals should be brought into the Fairgrounds through Gate 7 off of Aston Ave. Those seeking shelter with small animals may come to the Fairgrounds by parking in the Brookwood parking lot and walking across through the Brookwood gates. From there you will go to Finley Hall. You MUST stay with your pets. All others seeking shelter should check in at the Grace Pavilion.

  • 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.

Fairgrounds RV Park Evacuee Program

Evacuees from the recent fires are welcome at the Fairgrounds RV Park in Santa Rosa. Camp hosts are available from 10am-6pm to register guests. Rent is free of charge through Monday, October 23 at 12:00 PM.

To qualify:
  • Evacuees will need to supply driver's license at time of check in showing proof of address within the fire zones.
  • Evacuees will be subject to the same Park Rules & Regulations as any other guest, including providing proof of registration and current vehicle insurance documents.

How to Help

VOLUNTEERS: Thank you to everyone who has been reaching out to volunteer. We have received an amazing response for volunteers who wish to assist with evacuated livestock taking shelter at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Our office is currently scheduling shifts. If you have not yet contacted us but wish to help, please SIGN UP HERE. If you would like to volunteer with the Red Cross to assist with our shelters, CHECK IN HERE - Please do not just show up to the Fairgrounds.

DONATIONS: Another big thank you for donation offers. The love pouring in from our community has us all well stocked. In order to be sure supplies are getting to where they need to be DO NOT bring donations to the Fairgrounds. Please consider donating directly to the following:

  • Redwood Empire Food Bank - 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa
  • Salvation Army - 93 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa

Monetary donations for livestock supplies are encouraged and will be accepted at the following businesses:

  • Western Farm Center in Santa Rosa
  • Rivertown Feed & Pet Country Store in Petaluma
  • Frizelle Enos in Penngrove
  • Cotati Large Animal Hospital

Following these steps will help maximize the use of our collective resources. Stay safe.

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1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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