Disasters and Animals

Ventura County residents can count on occasional natural or man-made disasters. El Niño winters followed by Santa Ana wind driven firestorms coupled with the periodic earthquake, oil spill, mudslide or haz-mat incident are facts of life in Ventura County.

Are You Prepared?

Animals, particularly our companion animals, need to be included in any and all emergency planning. Livestock, especially horses must be considered when laying in water and food supplies or planning for evacuation. Have you thought about how you are going to get your animals out if the event occurs while you are away from home? Do you know the safest route to escape your neighborhood during a firestorm? If the water supply is cut off do you have a plan for providing water to your animals? If forced to evacuate where can you go with your animals? How are you going to carry your 5 cats when you only have 2 cat carriers? Your horses won’t fit in your Mustang convertible, so how will you get them to safety?


These are just a few of the questions that we hope you have given thought to. Just in case you haven’t really planned ahead as well as we might desire, we have been planning and training for you. With the help of volunteers we are available to assist in most emergencies but we cannot be counted on to get to every home to rescue every animal. You have to make some plans and arrangements ahead of time. The links below will provide you with much of the information that you will need for disaster pre-planning.


During actual declared disasters or emergencies we  will activate our 24-hour disaster hotline at 1-866-EVRT911 (866-387-8911). The Department can be reached anytime, day or night at 805-388-4341 or 888-223-PETS (888-223-7387) for any emergency involving an animal.

Disaster Planning

Many websites, articles, periodicals and books are devoted to preparing yourself and your family (including your animals) for disaster. The links below represent the best information available for disaster preparedness.

Small Animals 

Health Care Agency
2323 Knoll Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
Ambulatory Care-Medical Clinics
2323 Knoll Drive 
Ventura, CA 93003
Behavioral Health
1911 Williams Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036
Public Health
2240 E. Gonzales Road
Oxnard, CA 93036
Santa Paula Hospital
825 N. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93061
Ventura County Medical Center
3291 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
HCA Human Resources
2323 Knoll Drive 
Ventura, CA 93003
Ventura County Health Care Plan
2220 E. Gonzales Road
Suite 210 B

Oxnard, CA 93036