FieldHaven Animal Support Team (FHAST)
Caring for Pets and Their People During Disasters
Our disaster response team has responded to disaster incidents for over a decade. Whether the incident is relatively small (a hoarding situation) or gargantuan, FHAST is ready to deploy our experienced team on short notice.
We are typically able to set up a shelter for cats and pocket pets within a matter of hours of the initial call for help. Our priorities are the safety and comfort of the animals we are caring for and offering compassion to their owners. As cat experts, we know how to make even the most fearful cats feel relatively comfortable in a shelter setting.
We have veterinary staff onsite as needed. When extended care is necessary, we utilize full-service veterinary clinics in the area.
Watch the video above to learn how to securely transport your cat(s) during evacuation to prevent tragic situations like this sad true story:
When we were evacuating, my cat had gotten out of the carrier I had her in. She was freaking out and somehow hit the backseat window button and jumped out of the window. I watched through my side mirror in horror as she hit the ground and rolled. Cars were coming from the opposite side of the street and what she rolled into. She managed to get out of the street. I turned around and went back and could not find her. We looked for her for 40 minutes.
Please join our volunteer team for FHAST! We welcome people with a variety of skills. Here are some of the skills we need for any disaster shelter:
- Customer service
- Veterinarians and veterinary technicians/assistants
- Cat care and cleaning
- IT support
- Communications and social media
- Fundraising and donation procurement
Requirements for FHAST Volunteers
- Must complete all required trainings for FHAST
- Mandatory FEMA ICS (Incident Command System) courses, which are online and free.
- IS-10.A: Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness
- IS-11.A: Animals in Disasters: Community Planning
- Must complete the mandatory Yuba Office of Emergency Services swearing in
- Must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- Must complete Live Scan
- If transporting: Must provide proof of clean DMV record and proof of insurance
Please join review our FHAST downloadable resources:
FieldHaven Feline Center | PDF
FieldHaven’s disaster response team has been responding to disaster incidents for over a decade. Whether the incident is relatively small (e.g. a hoarding situation) or large, FHAST is ready to deploy our experienced team on short notice. Learn more about FHAST. Download >>
FieldHaven Feline Center | PDF
When it comes to evacuating during a fire or other disaster, the first thing to keep in mind is to crate your cat(s) sooner than later. As soon as you have an inkling you may have to evacuate, gather up your pet(s) and secure them. Cats are masters at sensing danger. Unlike dogs who glue themselves to humans in uncertain times, cats will scatter and hide. Do not wait until the last minute to secure them in a carrier. You may end up being forced to make a desperate decision if you can not find one last cat who has crawled up under the bed and is inaccessible. Download >>