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Large Animal Shelters and Emergency Readiness

Safe Shelter for Barn Animals


LASER Animal Shelter

LASER is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization of community volunteers working in partnership with Yavapai County Emergency Management.

Our mission is to provide safe shelter for barn animals during evacuations in Yavapai County and to provide information for emergency preparedness.

Our vision is that every barn animal has a safe haven in disasters.

Activation Process

At the first notice of an incident that could threaten human life and/or property in areas where there are barn animals, the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management (YCOEM), alerts LASER.

Immediately, LASER sends a “heads-up” text message to all LASER shelter volunteers, asking for their availability for scheduling over the next few days. The large animal shelter is set up by LASER’s Quick Response Team, ready to open to Yavapai County residents once an evacuation GO order is issued by the Sheriff or at the direction of YCOEM.

Animals We Shelter

We serve individuals, families, and households, accepting:

  • Horses (mares, geldings, stallions)
  • Miniature horses/Ponies
  • Mules/Donkeys
  • Goats, Sheep, Chickens, Pigs, Rabbits
  • Llamas/Alpacas


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