Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets

  1. Be sure to have an emergency plan for the care of your pet
    • If you must evacuate, plan to take your pet with you. Most emergency shelters do not allow animals, so have a plan for a safe place to keep your pet. Safe places to take your pet may include homes of friends or relatives, pet friendly hotels, pet kennels or veterinary facilities. Prepare a list of contact numbers in advance. For further information, you can contact your local animal control facility for information on how to safeguard and board your pet in your area.

    • Choose a designated care giver in advance of a disaster. A neighbor, friend or relative who can care for your pet in the event that you are unable to do so, will make your disaster recovery efforts more manageable.

    • To make it easier for responding emergency caregivers, be sure to place a Rescue Alert Sticker to the front of your residence. The sticker should include the types and number of pets in your house and veterinarian information.

Ensure that your pet wears a collar with a rabies tag at all times. Consult your veterinarian about permanent identification, such as microchipping, or registration with a pet recovery database. In the event of a disaster or catastrophe, if you are separated from your pets, this can help you to be reunited.

  1. Assemble a Pet Emergency Kit which includes the following items:
    • Leash, harness and / or Pet carrier
    • 1-Week supply of food and water with bowls
    • Medications and pet first aid kit
    • Copies of vaccination, medical records and a photo of you and your pet (for identification) in a waterproof container
    • Plastic bags, disposable gloves, disinfectants, paper towels and for cats, a litter box
    • Blankets, toys and treats
  2. During the Emergency
    • Keep your pets on hand at the first sign of an emergency. For the safety of your pets and others who may come into contact with them, don't allow your pets to roam loose following a disaster.

    • Call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside the danger area, kennels and boarding locations fill very quickly in the event of a disaster.

    • Keep your pet emergency kit close at hand.

Local Pet Shelter Resources

Companion Animal Placement Assistance
1501 West Central Avenue
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 737-7754

Volunteers for Inter-Valley Animals (VIVA)
133 North D Street
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 735-6741

Return to Freedom
P.O. Box 926
Lompoc, CA 93438
(805) 737-9246

Santa Ynez Humane Society
111 Commerce Drive
Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-8224

Santa Maria Animal Center
548 West Foster Road
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 934-6119

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, Inc.
751 Black Road
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 349-3435

For additional information and details, the following links are provided:

Lompoc Fire Department - 115 South G Street - Lompoc, California 93436 - (805) 736-4513

City of Lompoc - 100 Civic Center Plaza - Lompoc, CA 93436 - (805) 736-1261 - © 2011