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Safe Living in Sonoma Valley

The animal days of summer

By Julie Atwood

August already! It’s a busy time: Gearing up for back-to-school, Labor Day holiday travel, and, maybe, just kickin’ back and enjoying life in Sonoma Valley.

In this spirit, but mindful that we’re also heading into peak fire weather season, we’ve highlighted a few “to-do” lists to help you and your neighbors get ready to keep pets, equines, backyard poultry, and livestock safer.

Another way to ramp up your readiness: Because there’s no better way to connect than in person, we’re also presenting home and neighborhood workshops, where we can help you assess your needs and answer your questions about animal evacuation and shelterin- place preparations. Contact us to make a date for your neighborhood, book club, dog-walking group … whoever you like to hang out with. It’s fun, and it’s a super way to improve your preparedness.

Love lists?

At our HALTERproject.org website, you can find free, printable PDF Ready-Kit checklists, safety inspection checklists, and lots more.

Got chickens? We have checklists for backyard poultry, along with many other species, including rabbits, reptiles, dogs, cats, equines, and small ruminants.

Is your rig evacuation-ready? There’s a list for that. How safe is your barn? Print one of the excellent property self-assessment guides.

Get ready for whatever: Save the date

A Valley of the Moon Community Animal Prep Workshop is planned for Monday, Aug. 15, 6:30–8:30 p.m. The location is to be determined, pending attendance RSVPs, but will be in a Glen Ellen-Kenwood location with lots of space and fresh air. More info will follow, but you can RSVP now at [email protected] org; include the subject line: RSVP-8/15/22.

It’s free! It’s fun! It could save a life!

That’s all for now. Let’s work together to make Sonoma Valley a safer place for animals (and their people) every day.

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