Woman Evacuates Santa Rosa with Mini Pony in the Backseat of Her Car

Posted by Jason Sarna
pony in back of car
Image by Lisette Hall Frye via Facebook

Lauren Mesaros had three horses she needed to evacuate from her Santa Rosa property, but only had a trailer big enough for two.

As the Northern California wildfires threatened her safety, Mesaros – a registered nurse at the University of California, San Francisco – needed to evacuate her home and get her animals to safety.

After loading her two mares into a friend’s trailer, she realized there wasn’t enough room for her pony, Stardust.


With the help of her friend Carol Spears, who Mesaros calls “a horse whisperer,” Stardust was lured into the backseat of Mesaros’ 2001 Honda Accord with a carrot.

“He actually walked right into the car like a dog would,” said Mesaros.

A neighbor took a picture of the sight, and Mesaros’ sister-in-law posted it to Facebook.

When your sister in law Lauren has to evacuate her pony from Santa Rosa but no transport is available – you do what you have to do. Photo by Lauren's neighbor Lisette Hall Frye.

Posted by Cindy Lundin Mesaros on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

According to SFGATE, the horses were taken to Wind Horse Ranch in Sebastopol to wait out the fire, and on Monday, the winds shifted, sparing Mesaros’ property any significant fire damage.

The only real damage was done to her Honda Accord.

“My car will never smell the same again,” said Mesaros. “It’s a little funky in the backseat but [Stardust] survived.”

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Woman Evacuates Santa Rosa with Mini Pony in the Backseat of Her Car