On Monday, Lauren Mesaros, a registered nurse at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), got the call to evacuate when her Santa Rosa property was threatened by wildfire. With mere railroad tracks standing between her home and the Tubbs Fire, Mesaros knew she didn’t have long. But evacuating her pet horses, Gypsy, Connie and Stardust, proved difficult.
“She got her two mares in her trailer, but Stardust didn't fit,” Cindy Mesaros, Lauren’s sister-in-law, told The Dodo. With no other transportation available on such short notice, getting Stardust into Mesaros’ 2001 Honda Accord became a matter of life and death for the small horse.