The following is a draft list of some of the Animal Disaster Groups serving California. Regional, Statewide, and National Groups are all listed. Personal and private phone numbers are not listed, therefore it is highly recommended that you contact a group in your area and become familiar with them before an incident. That way you will have any additional contact information that you may need in the middle of the night. This list is in no way complete. California Animal Response Emergency System (CARES) is in charge of Mutual Aid for Animal Disaster Groups in California. Visit their website for additional information (CARES Website). Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any updates, omissions or corrections to this list.

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PO Box 441
Chico, CA 95927-0441 USA

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California Regional Animal Disaster Groups

  • Alta Roma Riding Club Emergency Response Team (ALTRC ERT) +

    Region: Rancho Cucamonga
    Scope/Mission: Emphasis is on evacuation of horses.
    Association/Sponsor: Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Bob Olari This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (909) 987 8677
    Webpage: http://www.altalomaridingclub.com/altalomaridingclub/ERT.htm
    Resources: 20-30 Volunteers with trailers
    Insurance Information: Unknown
    Additional Information: This group was very active during the 2003 Southern California fires.
    Nonprofit Status: 501 (3) (c)

  • County Public Health Animal Care and Control (San Bernardino) +

    Region: San Bernardino
    Scope/Mission: County Animal Control
    Association/Sponsor: County Public Health
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Captain Steve Fries (909) 891-3857
    Webpage: n/a
    Resources: They have about 20 people that have 8 hours of training. They ride with ACOs during a disaster.
    Insurance Information: Disaster Service Worker
    Additional Information: Coordinated NGOs during the Southern California Fires. (NORCO, Alto Loma Riding Club, HSUS, AHA)
    Nonprofit Status: no

  • County of San Diego Department of Animal Services +

    Region: San Diego, California
    Scope/Mission: Evacuation and sheltering of animals.
    Association: County Government
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Lt. Dan Desousa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    619 767 2624
    twenty-four hour dispatch (non-public) 619 531 6051
    Department Director: Dawn Danielson 619 767 2766
    Web Page: n/a
    Resources: 35 Animal Control Officers, two horse trailers, 3 animal shelters
    Insurance information: self insured
    Additional information: This department was the lead agency during the devastating fires in October 2003.
    Nonprofit Status: no

  • CVMA Disaster Response Group of Nevada County +

    Region: Nevada and Placer Counties
    Scope/Mission: Assist in evacuation and sheltering of animals
    Association/Sponsor: California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Pat Elhers (530) 477-6506
    Webpage: http://www.cvma.net
    Resources: 200+ Volunteers Nevada/ 50+ Volunteers Placer
    Insurance Information: CVMA and Disaster Service Workers
    Additional Information: Mutual aid to Placer County.
    Nonprofit Status: Unknown

  • Emergency Animal Rescue (EAR) +

    Region: San Diego
    Scope/Mission: We provide emergency assistance and evacuations for animals both domestic and wildlilfe that are in life threatening situations. We are not an adoption or rehabilitation facility.
    Association/Sponsor:
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Doug Lake, Jan Pincton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    (760) 789-5775 P: (760) 735-0448
    Webpage: http://www.emergencyanimalrescue.org
    Resources: 50+ Volunteers
    Insurance Information: Liability insurance only
    Additional Information: MOU with United Animal Nations, and we have also worked two national disasters with Code 3 Associates along with I.F.A.W.
    Nonprofit Status: 501 (3) (c)

  • North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG) +

    Region: Butte County (Surrounding areas via Mutual Aid)
    Scope/Mission: Working with emergency services to educate the public about disaster preparedness,
    and assist in sheltering and evacuation of animals during a disaster.
    Primary emphasis is on assisting local fire departments with evacuation and sheltering of animals during fires and floods.
    Association/Sponsor: Sponsored by Butte County Animal Control. Also Butte County Emergency Services Office, as all Volunteers are Disaster Service Workers.
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Hotline (530) 895-0000, PO Box 441, Chico CA 95927,
    Coordinator: John Maretti (530) 345-0240 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Webpage: http://www.nvadg.org
    Resources: 100 Volunteers (30 with horse trailers), large storage trailer with temporary shelter equipment
    Insurance Information: Worker's Compensation through Butte County Public Health. Also covered through Disaster Service Worker.
    Board of Directors insurance.
    Additional Information: This group has done an excellent job of training and coordinating with local emergency services. NVADG was very active during the June and July 2008 fires in Butte County.
    Nonprofit Status: 501 (3) (c) Federal and State

  • San Diego Animal Rescue Reserves (ARS) +

    Region: San Diego County
    Scope/Mission: Evacuation and sheltering of large animals (horses)
    Association/Sponsor: San Diego Humane Society (Not to be confused with San Diego Animal Services)
    Coordinator/Contact Information: ARS Coordinator: Lt. Paul Brizuela (619) 299-7012
    Volunteer Coordinator: Suzette Hunter
    Humane Society Director: Mark Goldstein, Assistant Director: Renee Harris
    Webpage: n/a
    Resources: 30 Volunteers, most with horse trailers
    Insurance Information: Unknown
    Additional Information: This group was very active during the September 2003 fires.
    Nonprofit Status: Unknown

  • Santa Cruz County Equine Evacuation Unit +

    Region: Santa Cruz County
    Scope/Mission: Emphasis is on evacuation of horses.
    Association/Sponsor: County Office of Emergency Services
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Lyn Hood This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    831-475-3323, Steve Richmond This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 831-335-3542
    Webpage: n/a
    Resources: 150 Volunteers, broken into 8 area teams, with trailers
    Insurance Information: Worker's Comp. through OES
    Additional Information: Established in 1997, have done flood evacuations
    in the Santa Cruz Mountains, on standby for fire evac. in other counties.
    Nonprofit Status: No, Under OES

  • Sclar Large Animal Emergency Evacuation +

    Region: El Dorado County
    Scope/Mission: Primarily to assist in disaster evacuation of animals facilitated by working with emergency services and local Fire Safe Council. To educate the public about disaster preparedness & evacuation protocols.
    Association/Sponsor:
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Sclar Large Animal Emergency Evacuation, PO box 445 Somerset, Ca 95684.
    E-Mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Telephone: (530)647-6227
    Webpage: http://www.sclar.org
    Resources: 40+ Registered Disaster Service Workers; over 50 members; Approximately 20 with horse trailers and facilities.
    Insurance Information: Liability and DSW as applies
    Additional Information: Our goal is to have each member become a Registered Disaster Service Worker. We are very community oriented and actively promote our organization through community involvement
    Nonprofit Status: 501(c)(3)

  • SoCal Animal Response Team (SCART) +

    Region: Orange County (can provide back up support for LA, SB, Riverside and SD County if requested)
    Scope/Mission: We respond to animal needs and assist other agencies with sheltering, evacuation and disaster recovery during a disaster or crisis.
    We also provide education to the public about disaster preparedness, including their animals.
    Association/Sponsor: Coordinator/Contact Information: Susan Keyes P: (714) 349-1047
    Webpage: http://www.surfcityanimalresponseteam.org

    Resources: 40+ Volunteers
    Insurance Information: Liability insurance only
    Additional Information: Nonprofit Status: 501 (3) (c)

  • Yuba Sutter Domestic Animal Disaster Assistance +

    Region: Yuba and Sutter County
    Scope/Mission: Evacuation and sheltering of animals, ongoing community
    awareness of importance of preplanning with pets for disasters; support for
    inclusion of animal component in counties' emergency response plans
    Association/Sponsor:
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Ginny Paschke (530) 674-1190, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Webpage: http://www.ysdada.org
    Resources: 30 Volunteers
    Insurance Information:
    Additional Information: This is the area that was devastated during the 1997 floods and prompted the forming of CARES.
    Nonprofit Status: 501 (3) (c)

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State Animal Disaster Groups

  • Colorado State Animal Response Team (SART) +

    Region: Colorado
    Scope/Mission:
    Association/Sponsor: Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Dr. Kevin Dennison, DVM (303) 318-0447
    Webpage: n/a
    Resources:
    Insurance Information:
    Additional Information: This is the second state to organize a SART/CART system.
    Nonprofit Status: Unknown

  • North Carolina State Animal Response Team (SART) +

    Region: North Carolina
    Scope/Mission:
    Association/Sponsor:
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Dr. Mc Ginn, DVM (919) 622-6041
    (888) 989-SART
    Webpage: http://www.ncsart.org
    Resources:
    Insurance Information:
    Additional Information: This is the first state to develop the SART/CART principles after Hurricane Floyd. During Hurricane Isabel, they were able to test the system. This is the model for the nation.
    Nonprofit Status: Unknown

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National Animal Disaster Groups

  • American Humane, Red Star Emergency Services +

    Region: National
    Scope/Mission: Coordination, evacuation and sheltering of animals
    Association/Sponsor: Animal Planet/Michelin Tires
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Debrah Schnackenberg
    California Contact: John Maretti (530) 345-0240
    Webpage: http://www.americanhumane.org
    Resources: 30 Volunteers, truck and horse trailer
    Insurance Information: Liability Insurance
    Additional Information: Been around since 1919.
    Nonprofit Status: 501 (3) (c)

  • Code 3 Associates +

    Region: National, based in Colorado
    Scope/Mission: Code 3 Assoc. is dedicated to both professional disaster
    response for animal needs and to training individuals involved in animal
    related law enforcement and emergency response. We work in partnership with
    all qualified organizations involved in disaster relief to help animal
    welfare and public safety professionals increase public awareness and
    preparedness for disasters.
    Association/Sponsor: Unknown
    Coordinator/Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    303-772-7724 303-485-6210 fax Warren Craig (Logistics & Supply Chief)
    PO Box 1128, Erie, CO 80516 Chris C: (240) 687-6010
    Webpage: http://www.Code3Associates.org
    Resources:
    Insurance Information: Unknown
    Additional Information:
    Nonprofit Status: Unknown

  • Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) +

    Region: National
    Scope/Mission:
    Association/Sponsor: n/a
    Coordinator/Contact Information: Eric Sakach (916) 344-1710
    5301 Madison Ave, Suite 202, Sacramento, CA 95841
    Webpage: http://www.hsus.org
    Resources: 30 National Team Members
    Insurance Information: Liability
    Additional Information: This is the largest national animal group.
    Nonprofit Status: 501 (3) (c)

  • Noah's Wish +

    Region: National
    Scope/Mission:
    Association/Sponsor:
    Coordinator/Contact Information:Charlie Crosby, PO Box 4288, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
    916-228-6969 or 925-437-9664, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Webpage: www.noahswish.org
    Resources: trained volunteers throughout the country
    Insurance Information:
    Additional Information:
    Nonprofit Status: nonprofit

  • United Animal Nations, Emergency Animal Rescue Services (UAN EARS) +

    Region: National
    Scope/Mission:
    Association/Sponsor: n/a
    Coordinator/Contact Information:
    Webpage: http://www.uan.org/
    Resources: Numerous Volunteers
    Insurance Information: Liability Insurance
    Additional Information:
    Nonprofit Status: 501 (3) (c)

  • USDA-NAHERC (National Animal Health Emergency response Corps.) +

    Region: National/International
    Scope/Mission: Disaster Response & Disease Outbreaks. ESF # 8-11
    Association/Sponsor: USDA
    Coordinator/Contact Information:
    Thomas Cunningham (301) 734-4933
    USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services
    Emergency Management & Diagnostics
    Preparedness and Incident Coordination Division
    Nat'l Center for Animal Health Emergency Management
    4700 River Road , Unit 41 Rm 5B-02.9
    Riverdale , MD 20737-1228
    Office - 301.734.4933
    Fax - 301.734.7817
    (W) Cell - 240.252.8088
    (P) Cell - 443.253.0141
    Webpage: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ep/naherc/
    Resources: 600 Accredited National Team Members
    Insurance Information: Liability
    Additional Information: This is the largest national animal Emergency Management Response Organization.
    Nonprofit Status: Unknown

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