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Animals

Solano County Sheriff’s Animal Care Division is available to shelter household pets temporarily for any Solano County residents that have been evacuated as space permits.  During this emergency come down to the shelter and we will assist as quickly as we can.

Address: 2510 Clay Bank Rd Fairfield, CA 94533

Pet Safety

Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can put pets, pet owners, and first responders in danger. Even if you try to create a safe place for them, pets left behind during a disaster are likely to be injured, lost, or worse.  Be prepared: make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pet.

After an emergency, familiar scents and landmarks may have changed. Pets can become confused and lost, so it’s important to keep pets on leash or in a carrier when they’re being transported or when you go outside. Some hazards to be aware of for pets and people include snakes and other wildlife, especially after flooding, and downed power lines.

Returning Home

  • Check your home for sharp objects, spilled chemicals, and exposed wiring to protect your family and your pets from injury.
  • The behavior of animals may change dramatically after a flood, flash flood, thunderstorm, or hurricane. Normally quiet and friendly animals may become irritable.
  • Monitor animals closely and only release them in a safe and secure environment.
  • Contact a veterinarian if you notice any signs of stress, discomfort, or illness in your pets.

Remember, during a disaster, what is good for you is good for your pet. If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors.

Learn what to expect if you take your pet to an evacuation center.

Diseases that can spread between pets and people during a natural disaster

Natural disasters can contribute to the transmission of some diseases. Exposure to inclement weather conditions, stagnant water, wildlife or unfamiliar animals, and overcrowding can put your pet at risk for getting sick. Some of these illnesses can be transmitted between pets and people (also known as zoonotic diseases or zoonoses). Some common disaster-related diseases that pets can pass to people are the following: rabies, leptospirosis, and diseases spread by mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Learn more.

How to Keep Yourself and Your Pets Healthy During a Disaster

  • Wash your hands after handling your pet, its food, or its waste.
  • Do not let your pet lick your face or hands.
  • Keep your pet up-to-date on all vaccinations and heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives.
  • Practice safe handling of your pet, because your pet may behave differently during a stressful situation.
  • Keep your pet in a carrier or on a leash.
  • Do not allow your pet to interact with other animals, especially wildlife and stray animals.
  • Report any bite wounds to medical personnel immediately.
  • Properly clean and disinfect cages and litterboxes. 
  • Avoid stagnant water, especially after flooding occurring after natural disasters.
  • Don’t allow pets to play in or drink contaminated water.

Make a Plan

  • Create an Emergency Kit for Your Pet
    • Purchase a pet carrier for each of your pets (write your pet’s name, your name, and contact information on each carrier).
    • Food and water for at least 2 weeks for each pet
    • For cats: litter box and litter
    • For dogs: plastic bags for poop
    • Medications for at least 2 weeks
    • Medical records, including record of vaccination for rabies and other diseases, prescription medications, and medical history.
    • Sturdy leashes or harnesses
    • Microchip number
    • Contact information (cell phone, work phone, home phone) of owner and close relative or friends

Learn more.

Finding Lost Pets

Contact one of the organizations below to find out if your pet is being housed there. The National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition may also be able to help find the right local response organization. Post missing flyers in areas that are safe from disaster. 

Humane Society of the North Bay
Address: 1121 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, CA 94590
Phone(707) 645-7905

Solano County Animal Care
Address2510 Clay Bank Rd, Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone(707) 784-1356

SPCA Haven-Of Solano County
Address: 2200 Peabody Rd, Vacaville, CA 95687
Phone:
(707) 448-7722

If your pet has a microchip, call the microchip company to let them know your pet is missing and make sure all the information about your pet including your current contact information is updated and current.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please give us time to reunite animals with owners. Future adoptions may be available, but it is too soon to know each animal status.

After a fire, windborne material such as ash and soil from paddocks with inadequate ground cover may be blown into streams. Once in the water, organic materials provide ideal food for bacteria and algae. These organisms grow rapidly using up all free oxygen in the water (it becomes anaerobic) and putrefaction results. Symptoms are dark water, a bad smell and black scum around the water’s edge. Horses and other livestock find such water unpalatable. Thick scum around the water’s edge may also prevent animals accessing the water. It is believed the water is not poisonous to livestock, but it may be harmful to young or weak stock.

  • Shelter locations will obtain owner’s names and contact information and owners should communicate potential delays or the inability to pick up pets with shelter staff.
  • Solano Community Animal Response Team (CART) is available to assist with animal transportation.

 

Evacuations sites are closed at this time.

If evacuations are ordered, a location for large animals or livestock will be listed.

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