Helping keep equines fire safe


Last updated 11/29/2007 at Noon

As local residents move toward rebuilding their lives, some of them have the added responsibility of the care and possible relocation of their animals. One of the wonderful things about living in the Fallbrook/Bonsall area is the incredible outpouring of support within the community. The Large Animal Evacuation Council would like to share some of these resources, both locally and outside this area.

Being prepared and having the knowledge of safe evacuation procedures is the best insurance animal owners can have and will save them valuable time. There is a great publication available at that gives information regarding the evacuation of horses. This booklet covers dealing with fire, floods and earthquakes. Of course, all of the information in this pamphlet will help with any animals people may have in their home.

United Animal Nations is offering grants to help victims of Southern California. Visit to view their information.

To register a phone with the San Diego County “Reverse 9-1-1” system, contact It is best to list more than one number.

For information regarding local resources contact

Most of the horses injured in the fire were located in the Ramona area and east of Fallbrook and Bonsall. A large equine vet whose practice is in Ramona has a foundation for burned horses; contact Dr. Matt Matthews at (760) 749-8147.

There was a tremendous response from people within the community for those evacuees relocating their large animals. A special thanks from the equine community to the following organizations for their generous support and assistance:

• Udder Feed Store donated more than 100 bales of hay for the horses evacuated from Ramona. They also joined forces with O.H. Kruse to donate 16 tons of pelleted feed that were distributed throughout the county.

• Vessels Stallion Farm once again provided a location for stabling. Vessels Farm has repeatedly opened its facility to those in need of evacuation. This time they provided a safe haven not only for horses but their owners as well.

• Moody Creek Farms served as an evacuation location for the San Luis Rey Equine Hospital.

• Creekside Veterinary Service provided a staging area for those who had to relocate their horses. Doctors were also onsite to evaluate any injuries at no charge.

• Vista Palomar Riders, located in Bonsall, opened its facility for evacuees.

• Camp Pendleton Stables also served as an evacuation location.

There were probably many more organizations and individuals who donated their time and facilities. Apologies go to those who were inadvertently omitted from this list.

Everyone, whether they have an animal or not, is encouraged to attend one of the Fire Safe Council meetings. Residents can visit the local council at and familiarize themselves with their resources.


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