About Us

Sonoma Community Animal Response Team (Sonoma CART) is a community-led non profit organization that works in collaboration with local agencies to aid in animal evacuation, transport, sheltering and re-unification during and immediately after an emergency, accident or disaster.

Our Mission:  Assist Sonoma County and local animal response agencies during an emergency or disaster, as well as provide training and education in animal disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Our Goal: to ensure the best possible outcome and welfare for every animal in our community that is affected by a disaster.

We are taking an all-hazards and all-species approach, and invite all interested partnerships, community members and animal-loving entities. Our organization is solely volunteer-run. We would greatly appreciate your financial support for equipment, planning and operation. 

We need your support!

Sincerely,

Sonoma CART Board of Directors


Leadership

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Amber Bowen, DVM, MS, CVA, CVMMP

President

Dr. Bowen grew up locally in Sonoma County. She graduated from UC Davis Veterinary Medical School in 2014. Dr. Bowen is owner of VIP Equine Services located in Santa Rosa, CA and co-founder of International Veterinary Outreach (IVO). She sits on several boards serving animal welfare, and has responded to multiple large scale disasters.

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Stephanie Arata

Secretary, Evacuation

Stephanie is a local hunter jumper trainer who has extensive experience as a horseman. Following her lifelong interest and passion for horses her and her husband, Garon Arata, founded and built a program and boarding facility for young riders. During the 2017 fires they facilitated and coordinated countless evacuations, hauling, and housing of many displaced horses and livestock. Her strong work ethic and can-make-it-happen attitude and personality will make her an asset to our team. 

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Katherine Theus

Treasurer, Large Animal Response

Katherine Theus, Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Development & Communications: Katherine has been in non-profit development for almost ten years, with experience across the globe, including South America and Africa. She has worked with environmental, education, and human services organizations, in both program and development capacities, and currently works at Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Petaluma, dedicated to enriching lives through horses, team, and community. She is also an experienced horsewoman, previously working with private clients in horse care and rehabilitation, and owning three, including a rescue from the Nuns Fire. Aside from Sonoma CART, Katherine is CERT trained, and a member of Napa CART and the Sonoma County Horse Council.

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Kim Henry, DVM

Small Animal Response

Dr. Kim Henry is a small animal veterinarian currently practicing emergency medicine at PetCare Veterinary Hospital. She helped during the Northridge earthquake as the epicenter was 1 mile from her veterinary hospital at the time. As well she helped during the Middletown Fire, Santa Rosa fires, and Paradise fires. She is part of the CAVMRC and will help lead the small animal section of Sonoma CART. She lives in Santa Rosa with her partner, 2 kids and many pets.

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Erich Williams, DVM

Small Animal Response

Dr. Williams is owner of Wikiup Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA and founder of Redwood Empire Veterinary Association, and member of the CAVMRC. He has supported our local community through many disasters by providing small animal medical, evacuation and sheltering care.

Kim and Brian Ecklund

Evacuation, Search and Rescue

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Halima Robel

Evacuation, Transport