Covid19 Resources

This is a very stressful time for everyone – please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Below are resources for Sonoma County, the State of California, and beyond. An asterisk (*) identifies Sonoma County resources. Information may change as we learn more.

Families, Children, and Relationships
  • If you witness suspected cruelty to animals, call your local animal control agency as soon as possible or dial 9-1-1
  • Trouble affording veterinary care
  • Trouble affording pet supplies
  • *Humane Society of Sonoma County maintains a pet food pantry at 5345 Highway 12 West, Santa Rosa CA 95407. Call (707) 284-1198 for veterinary services.
  • *Sonoma County Animal Services: (707) 565-7100
  • If you are in need of pet food, call your local food banks to see if they are carrying pet food or can help you find who is.
  • Many veterinary hospitals are still open, focused on urgent care and emergencies, and providing careful curb-side appointment check-ins. If your pet needs care, call local veterinary hospitals.
  • We recommend having a plan for who can care for your pet if you become unable. Create a plan with a family, friend, neighbor, or community helper.
  • The CDC reports that there is currently NO evidence that animals can pass COVID to people. There are extremely limited cases of animals becoming infected by people or animals, but typically even when intensely exposed, animals are not becoming sick. Even in experimental studies, there is no evidence that an animal can pass the virus to people.
  • The CDC reports that the virus does not last on animal fur, so there is no reason to spray or wipe your pet with disinfectant, and this could harm them if it’s a product not labelled for animals.
  • Even if you become sick with COVID, the best place for your animals is with you, if you can still care for them. As with all family members, protect your animals by keeping them separate from sick family members and washing hands before contact.
  • If you are so kind as to take in an animal that belonged to a person who is no longer able to care for them, if the animal has been exposed to coronavirus, there is no evidence that you are at risk. The greatest risk to humans is other humans. If you wish to protect the other animals in your home, you can keep the exposed animals separate for 14 days, using different clothes and washing hands between groups.
  • Helping your dog survive quarantine
Mental Health
  • *Food Connections Hotline: Call Redwood Empire Food Bank at (707) 523-7903 to find services nearby.
  • Free groceries or meals are available to seniors and the critically ill through:

Assembled in collaboration with Sarah Reidenbach from Ruthless Kindness.