Serving San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties 805.466.7457


The SLO HEET team is proud to announce that our new website is active! We are no longer actively updating our previous address. We are live now at! (We also have which will bring you back to us as well!)

We also have new contact email addresses that we’ve been rolling out over the last couple of months. If you need to email us, is the best address! (All previous email addresses will forward to this one). Please follow our social media accounts as well for up to date information during emergencies!


Have you ever wondered what would happen to your animals if a fire were to approach your home or surrounding areas?  Many horse owners work away from their farms or lack trailer space for all of their animals.  During the 2002 Highway 58/Parkhill fire, it was apparent the county had no formal plan for evacuating large animals during an emergency.  A concerned group of horse owners decided to address this problem and organized to develop plans to evacuate affected livestock.  It is a volunteer group that lends its time and equipment at no cost to the county or owners of rescued horses.

In January of 2003, they created HEET, the Horse Emergency Evacuation Team, as a non-profit organization with divisions in both North and South San Luis Obispo County.  Cal Fire, the County Fire Chiefs Assoc., the County Sheriff and CHP have all been instrumental in implementing training programs.  With these combined efforts, members have been trained in the Incident Command System, Red Cross Disaster Services, First Aid/CPR, Horse Handling, Trailer Handling, Fire Safety, Large Animal Rescue and Horse Triage & First Aid.  Classes are ongoing and expanding so all necessary areas are covered.

In addition, HEET works with veterinarians, feed store, ranch owners, fairground officials and local feedlots to ensure all evacuated animals receive the best care possible.

A program to pre-register animals has been initiated.  In the event of a disaster, this expedites evacuation of those pre-registered.

There are many ways to offer your support.  HEET needs help in communications, transportation, billeting of animals, education, registration of large animals, clerical, and fundraising.  Donations are always appreciated and buy much needed equipment.  New members are welcomed and encouraged.  If you are interested in joining HEET or would like to register your animals please click on the links above.

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Donate Today HEET is a non-profit organization. Donations of money and equipment are welcome. Mail to checks to: PO Box 2473, Nipomo, CA 93444. For equipment donations please send an email to Someone will get back to your shortly with instructions for your donation.


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Thank you for your continued support and for helping us to help you!