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Animal Services Reunification

Volunteers from the Sonoma Community Animal Response Team (SCART), Sonoma County Animal Services Volunteers, and Sonoma County Animal Services Staff will be answering phones, reviewing lost and found Animal Pages, and referencing databases to assist in reunification.

SCAS can provide no-cost temporary boarding for approximately 50 animals whose families have been displaced. Check social media or call for capacity.

In the event of an emergency a hotline will be established. Otherwise, the best contact information is:

Address: 1247 Century Court, Santa Rosa CA

Phone: (707) 565-7100
Website: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Animal-Services/

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Pet Sheltering

In the event of a disaster, Sonoma County Animal Services, Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management, and CART will activate large and small animal shelters. Shelter locations are specific to each disaster and the public will be notified in real time via social media and local news outlets.

If your pets are left behind, contact Sonoma County Animal Services. You may also call in a welfare check on animals. Field teams can drive to your house and put out fresh food and water for animals.


Lost or Found Animal Companions

If your companion animal is missing, please view the website for a list of found animals. If you have found an animal, please take them to Animal Services to scan for a microchip. A photo will be placed online to assist with reunification.


Deceased Animals

If you find a deceased animal on your property, it is usually the responsibility of the owner or person in charge of domesticated animals to appropriately dispose of dead animals in accordance with local or state ordinances within 24 hours after knowledge of the death. Contact Sonoma County Animal Services for specific disposal guidance.
During declared emergencies, if your companion animal is found deceased, Sonoma County Animal Services will accept deceased domestic pets at the shelter during normal business hours Tuesday-Saturday from noon – 5:30 p.m. at no cost. For more information, please contact the shelter at (707) 565-7100 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Animal Services does not provide cremation services. For cremation services please speak to your veterinarian or the Humane Society of Sonoma County. Animal owners can choose to dispose of animal remains in their trash receptacles.

For large animals contact local haulers such as Mattern’s Livestock Hauling (707) 889-6125 Kuck Livestock (707) 762-7688 or Petaluma By-Products (707) 763-9181.

It is not recommended to bury deceased animals after a flood event due to ground water levels and the risk of contamination. If your pet(s) have died in the recent floods, follow the safe handling instructions below.

  • Wear gloves.
  • Cover your gloved hand with a plastic trash bag, pick up the remains, then invert the trash bag over the remains and seal the bag.
  • For larger animals, use a shovel to place remains inside a plastic trash bag, then rinse off the shovel with water.
  • Wash your hands.

Health risks to humans from animal carcasses is low if proper precautions are taken during disposal. Some helpful tips are as follows:

  • Practice proper hand washing to prevent infection with certain pathogens that may be transmitted from farm animals, including Salmonella and E. coli.
  • Secure all food sources and remove any animal carcasses to avoid attracting rats.
  • Wear insect repellant when outdoors. Emergencies such as natural disasters may lead to more mosquitoes, which can carry disease.

People working to clean up areas containing swine or poultry carcasses should take the following precautions:

  • Wear protective clothing, including waterproof gloves, waterproof boots, and protective eyewear (cover any open wounds).
  • Use duct tape to seal tops of gloves and boots to prevent water seepage.
  • Wear respiratory protection — an N-95 respirator or better.
  • If you smell hydrogen sulfide (a rotten egg smell), get out of the building, and call your county extension office.
  • Clean and disinfect all clothing and boots after handling carcass-contaminated materials.
  • Wash work clothes separately from street clothes.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before placing fingers in mouth.
  • Shower and wash hair thoroughly after handling carcass-contaminated materials.