California Animal Response Emergency System (CARES)

The State of California announces the CARES Website California Animal Response Emergency System (CARES) through the joint efforts of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

Animals play an integral role in society. Planning for their needs in a disaster should be a priority.

Pets are a part of the family for millions of Americans. Working animals provide valuable services to the community and production livestock contribute millions to our economy. When disaster strikes, people are intensely concerned about their animals.

When local and statewide disasters occur, the California Animal Response Emergency System (CARES) helps all animals in California by providing resources to local agencies.

CARES encourages California animal owners to have a plan in place during disasters. Who will take your pets? Where you and your pets will go? How you will care for your pets? Here is what you can do:


  • Develop an emergency plan for your family and pets that includes:


  • Prepare a pet emergency kit. Include food, water, medication, and first aid for at least three days, as well as leashes and pet carriers.
  • Make sure all pets have identification.
  • Photograph all pets.


  • Practice what you planned.
  • Share information with your family and loved ones.
  • Revisit your plan and kit periodically to make sure they are current.

To help you prepare click here

California is home to nearly 19 million domestic animals. Polls conducted in 2012 estimate that California is home to 6.7 million dogs and 7.1 million cats. The California Department of Food and Agriculture reported in 2012 that there are over 5.5 million cattle in California, 570,000 sheep, 141,000 goats, 670,000 horses, just over 100,000 hogs, and millions of chickens in the Golden State. Approximately one out of every three households in California owns a dog or a cat.


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Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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