RedRover Responders stand at the ready to provide animal emergency sheltering assistance for animals displaced by the wildfires in Northern and Southern California. Here is a list of currently available animal emergency shelters and resources.

Know of a resource or shelter to add to this list? Email us at info@redrover.org!

*Please note that these resources have been gathered from public sources. If you are planning to shelter at one of these sites with your animals, please verify that it is open and accepting animals as conditions may have changed.

Pet friendly lodging resources:

Veterinary care:

Please note: Pet owners should bring the appropriate pet supplies such as a crate, litter box, food, medications, collar, leash, medical records, water/food bowls, a photo of you and your pet for identification, and bedding.

Emergency shelters that allow pets aren’t the only option. Some veterinarians may board the animals or they can stay with you at a pet-friendly hotel.

When it comes to hotels, you may have heard the rumor that by law, they must accommodate your pets. That is false. The FEMA website reports, “there are reports all emergency shelters and hotels are required to accommodate pets for people who have evacuated. This is FALSE. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act (Pub. L. 109-308 (2006)) requires all state, local, tribal, and territorial governments that receive FEMA assistance to make plans to accommodate household pets and service animals during emergencies.”

BUTTE COUNTY – CAMP FIRE

Resources for pet owners

*Please note that these resources have been gathered from public sources. If you are planning to shelter at one of these sites with your animals, please verify that it is open and accepting animals as conditions may have changed.

For the latest information on the Camp Fire, visit:

If you have safely evacuated from the Camp Fire, please register here: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php   

Organizations caring for lost pets

Pet friendly shelters

North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG) is providing emergency animal sheltering and where and when allowed will evacuate and/or care for animals in evacuation areas.

  • Small animals
    • Old County Hospital, 2279 Del Oro Ave., Oroville, CA
    • Chico Airport, 150 Airpark Boulevard, Chico, CA
  • Large animals
    • Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 E. Hazel Street, Gridley
    • Rolling Hills Casino Equestrian Center off Highway 5 in Corning
    • Gibson Ranch, 8556 Gibson Ranch Road, Elverta.  Has space for up to 100 RV/tents (dry camping only, no services) for horse owners and 20 spaces available for horse owners. Call 916-806-3868
  • VCA Animal Hospitals

Individuals offering help

  • Trinity County: Annie Eastap, Weaverville, California, 831-246-0190, aeastap@yahoo.com.”Willing to foster dogs until fire victims find stable living situations. Possibly cats too. Willing to transport – I have a sprinter van! Or if I can help in any other way.”
  • Wilton: Lisa Fernandes, lisafern05@gmail.com. “We have a fenced pasture in Wilton that could house large farm animals (horses, cattle). There is not a barn but it is securely fenced. It could house animals that don’t need a structure. It is currently vacant and we’d be happy to provide it to farm animals displaced from the camp fire. I just don’t have transportation to haul. If interested please contact me.”
  • Swansboro Vacation Care – Elisabeth Bingham.  A home on two acres in the Swansboro Country subdivision, about a half hour northeast of downtown Placerville in El Dorado County. Text/call cell: 530-306-2359 or email: elisabeth.bingham@gmail.com. “I  board dogs and cats and although I’m booked solid with dogs 11/19-24, I think I could make even that time frame work for at least one dog. I’m NOT full from November 25 through December 22. So that time frame would be no problem for helping at least one dog, and up to five. I also have room for two cats, and one to two horses. I do not have a livestock trailer, but I do have a truck and crates and can help with transport of small animals.”
  • Livestock boarding: 80 fenced acres available to host any kind of livestock. Contact Michelle, 530-414-5448

Social media

Note: Always use caution when posting personal information or using information posted on social networking sites. RedRover cannot vouch for the accuracy or intention of any of the links below.

Facebook:

Twitter:

  • Popular hashtags: #CampFire, #campfirepets
  • FEMA (@FEMA)
  • North Valley Animal Disaster Group (@NVADG)
  • CAL FIRE Butte Unit/Butte County Fire Department (@CALFIRE_ButteCo)

Pet food

  • Butte Humane Society’s Pet Food and Supply Pantry, 2580 Fair Street, Chico, is offering pet food and supplies for those who had to evacuate due to the Camp Fire (as well as those who are hosting evacuees). Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Veterinary care assistance

  • Golden Gate Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy is offering 30 days of FREE pet medication for those affected by the California wildfires. For more information call (888) 855-6337.
  • UC Davis Vet school has a catastrophic injury fund: https://give.ucdavis.edu/VMTH/V6TH631

VENTURA COUNTY – WOOLSEY FIRE AND HILL FIRE

Resources for pet owners

*Please note that these resources have been gathered from public sources. If you are planning to shelter at one of these sites with your animals, please verify that it is open and accepting animals as conditions may have changed.

For the latest animal evacuation information, visit: https://www.vcemergency.com/

Pet friendly shelters

  • Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park; evacuation center, small animals accepted, N-95 masks available
  • Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo; evacuation center, small animals accepted, N-95 masks available
  • Ventura County Animal Shelter, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 805-388-4258; pet shelter accepting small animals
  • Thousand Oaks High School, 2323 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks
  • Los Angeles County Animal Services (accepting large animals)
  • Ventura County Animal Services, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010, accepting small animals. (805) 388-4258
  • Industry Hills Expo Center, 16200 Temple Avenue, City of Industry, CA 91744, 250 horse stalls available. (626) 216-6428
  • Simi Valley Animal Shelter, 670 W. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, accepting small animals (805)388-4341
  • Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, Check-in at Gate C off of Call Real (805) 687-0766
  • Humane Society of Ventura County, 402 Bryant Street, Ojai, accepting dogs, cats, horses and other domesticated animals, (805) 646-6505
  • VCA Animal Hospitals
  • The Red Cross has opened 8 shelters for evacuees of the Woolsey and Hill fires. Pets are permitted in all open Red Cross shelters except Palisades Charter High School as long they are secured in a crate and kept next to their owner at all times. Conditions can change quickly and everyone is urged to visit redcross.org or download the Red Cross Emergency App to check the status and location of the nearest open shelter.
    • RED CROSS SHELTERS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY AS OF 11/9:
      • Taft Charter High School, 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills
      • Pierce College – 6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills
      • Palisades Charter High School – 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades
      • Canoga Park High School – 6850 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park

      RED CROSS SHELTERS IN VENTURA COUNTY AS OF 11/9:

      • Borchard Park Community Center – 190 Reino Rd, Newbury Park
      • Camarillo Community Center – 1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo
      • Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center – 5005C Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley
      • Thousand Oaks Teen Center – 1375 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

      ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS FOR ANIMALS ONLY

      • Conejo Creek South Park – 1300 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks (Pets only)
      • Pierce College – 6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills (Large livestock and pets)
      • Hansen Dam Equestrian Center – 11127 Orcas Ave, Lake View Terrace (Large livestock)
      • City of Industry Expo Center – 16200 Temple Ave, City of Industry (250 horse stalls available)

**IF YOU NEED LARGE ANIMAL ASSISTANCE: Call (805) 388-4258

Individuals offering help

  • Free horse boarding for fire evacuees
    • Contact Hetty Dutra, 530-451-6101 or 510-685-5354 or hettydutra@gmail.com. Located at 8184 Thousand Oaks Lane, Smartsville, Ca 95977 (call first).
    • Leslie Figge Stables. “My barn has open stalls and I’m personally willing to pay their board/transport to help out.” (818) 768-5470, 9211 Del Arroyo Dr, Sun Valley, CA 91352. http://www.lesliefiggestables.com
    • David, 661-371-9619, davidtheflyguy@live.com. “I have space for 3 horses or other farm animals…they have to get the animals here and provide food.”

Veterinary care assistance

  • Golden Gate Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy is offering 30 days of FREE pet medication for those affected by the California wildfires. For more information call (888) 855-6337.
  • Little Angels Project is providing free medical care for pets affected by the fires OR for rescues helping save animals at Pierce College. They’re keeping their information updated at https://www.facebook.com/Thelittleangelsproject.

Social media

Note: Always use caution when posting personal information or using information posted on social networking sites. RedRover cannot vouch for the accuracy or intention of any of the links below.

Facebook:

Twitter:

  • Popular hashtags: #HillFire, #WoolseyFire
  • FEMA (@FEMA)
  • Ventura County Fire Dept (@VCFD)
  • LA Co. Fire Dept. PIO (@LACoFDPIO)

How to help/Donations needed

From NVADG
We urgently need your help. We need volunteers at both small animal shelters. Hotline needs operators.How to Help if you are Not an NVADG volunteer:
1. Caring Choices is an Emergency Volunteer Center located at 1398 Ridgewood Ave, Chico, CA. You can also call ‪530-899-3873‬ for more information.

2. The Chico Peace and Justice Center is accepting donations for victims of the fire including food, blankets, water, and clothing items. They are located at 526 Broadway St., Chico, CA and are open ‪Mon-Fri‬ ‪11:30am-5:30pm‬.

https://www.nvadg.org/donate

From Care2:
Consider giving money, which allows community organizations to purchase what they need, when they need it, at a good price. One such organization is Mask Oakland, a collective that’s distributing respiratory protection to communities in need. Other options include the Los Angeles Fire Department FoundationCalifornia Community FoundationUnited Way of Los Angeles and Ventura CountyDirect ReliefCalifornia Fire Foundation’s SAVE programNorthern California United Way and North Valley Community Foundation.

Some organizations may need material donations. It’s a good idea to check their websites or social media accounts to learn more, as their needs can fluctuate — an animal shelter might be in desperate need of dry dog food one day, and overloaded the next. Many groups are maintaining Amazon wish lists to manage donations efficiently.

If you’re local to the fires, there are numerous volunteer opportunities, and you may also consider offering shelter to humans or animals who have been pushed out of their homes. Fostering or adopting pets can be especially important, freeing up space in shelters to accommodate evacuee animals who need temporary places to stay. Organizations like Humane Society of Ventura County and North Valley Animal Disaster Group are also responding to the fires with veterinary care and emergency sheltering.

From NYTimes:
American Red Cross: This nonprofit has opened shelters across the state to help evacuees. They also have an online tool that people can use to register themselves as safe so loved ones can find them.

California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund: For 15 years, the foundation has offered aid to those affected by wildfires. Grants have gone to rebuilding homes, providing financial and mental health assistance and helping those affected to get medical treatment.

California Fire Foundation: This organization is on the ground distributing financial assistance to people who have lost everything in the fires. Through its emergency assistance program, firefighters distribute pre-paid gift cards to help those who need to purchase necessities like food, medicine and clothing.

Caring Choices: This nonprofit, which is in Chico, Calif., has turned into a hub for organizing volunteers to help those affected by the Camp Fire. Volunteers are assigned a variety of duties, including caring for displaced animals and, for those who are certified doctors or nurses, offering medical care.

The organization has paused taking on new volunteers for the next few days but still encourages applications. It said it will need extra hands in the coming weeks. Caring Choices is also seeking monetary donations for its operations.

Enloe Medical Center: This 298-bed hospital is in Chico, the site of multiple evacuation centers for the Camp Fire. It is accepting donations for patients and families who have been displaced.

Entertainment Industry Foundation: This nonprofit, started by Hollywood stars, has a fund that helps firefighters and other emergency workers battling California wildfires. One of its beneficiaries is the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which provides hydration backpacks and night vision goggles for helicopter pilots.

Humane Society of Ventura County: This nonprofit is accepting donations to help animals displaced by the Woolsey and Hill Fires. It is taking in domestic animals, such as dogs, cats and birds, as well as livestock.

North Valley Community Foundation: This nonprofit in Chico is raising money to support organizations that are sheltering evacuees of the Camp Fire. These could include churches, fairgrounds and community centers, said Logan Todd, a foundation spokesman.

Salvation Army: At both ends of the state, the Salvation Army is providing meals to shelters in local churches, fairgrounds and a community college.

(Last updated 11/19/18, 11:31 am Pacific)