Animal Safety in Flood, Mud, and Slides
Our local Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Yolo, and Solano County Animal Control have resources and skills to assist in a large animal emergency.
Sonoma County Public Safety Information, Emergency Management Division  posts storm and emergency related updates. They can be reached by phone at: 707-565-1152
Phone: 707-565-7100

Here are some IMPORTANT reminders, and things you can do if emergency services cannot reach you:
  • In an emergency, the fire service must save human lives first. Do not put yourself or rescuers in further danger!
  • Mud is very dangerous for large animals. Vital functions can be impacted in a short time. Improper extraction methods can cause more damage than the entrapment.
  • Try loosening mud around animal by pumping in water or air. Use caution with electrical cords, diesel fuel, etc. Do NOT PULL ON ANIMAL'S HEAD! 
  • MAKE SURE the animal has a SAFE ZONE to jump or walk into! Give animal opportunity to self-rescue.
  • Assign a "SAFETY PERSON" to keep eyes on everything.
  • In flooded pasture/ranch areas: greatest danger can be submerged power lines, fences & barbwire.
  • Do not attempt to move animals if you cannot see fence posts!
  • If you are subject to severe flooding, mark fence posts at intervals, using tape or secure flags.
  • Mark gates if possible.
  • Remember: water is a super conductor!
  • Stay SAFE during storms. Evacuate ASAP and move animals when possible.
  • Leave dry food in shelters when possible.
  • Use extreme caution when returning.
  • Watch for floating containers and spreading contaminants, carcasses, hazardous debris, power lines, etc.
  • Call 911 and/or Animal Control for carcass removal assistance. Public health & safety are everyone's first priority! Animal health affects ours, too!
HALTER  | (707) 318-7526 | 
12099 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, CA 95442