Livestock & Pet Evacuations

Livestock and pet evaluation tips from the Halter Project

Visit the Halter Project website for more information.

  1. Know best potential shelter locations for horses and livestock, and for cats, dogs, birds, exotics, and other companion animals. Shelter restrictions will vary.
  2. Shelter locations for people and animals will be communicated by local emergency services. Check ahead for availability.
  3. Identify the best travel routes for any scenario — flood, fire, earthquake, landslide. Have an alternate route as a backup.
  4. Prepare property access for first responders and animal evacuation team.
  5. Make sure all vehicles and trailers are loaded with supplies, equipment, first aid kits, and fuel tanks are full. Stage for quick animal loading and fast getaway. Check hitch, brake, and tail lights.
  6. Ensure halters, leashes, ropes, crates, cages, etc. are ready for each animal.
  7. Have document binder-ready, including proof of ownership, vet records and contacts, photos, brand registration, microchip info, insurance contacts and proof of insurance, out of area emergency contacts.
  8. Leave duplicate documentation and info about all animals left behind for first responders and the evacuation team.
  9. Take lots of water with you!