When animals are lost or abandoned, they become vulnerable to extreme risks. Helping animals out of dangerous circumstances can literally save their lives. “Being on the lookout for animals that need help is one of the best ways to have an immediate and direct effect on animals,” said Rebecca French, a former outreach assistant for the Humane Society of the United States. “You can be the difference between life and death for an animal. And you may be that animal’s only hope for finding her family or being adopted into a new family. People often think that someone else will take care of the problem, but there are so many animals who need help that it’s up to each of us to do everything we can every time we see an animal in need.”
Animals are at the mercy of the people that they encounter and they are almost entirely dependent upon their compassion. With a little preparation, anyone can be ready to help out an animal in an emergency. It’s important to keep in mind that people should always be cautious and use common sense when approaching an unknown animal that maybe dangerous. If you are unsure of an animal, call animal control and wait with the animal until help arrives. The Humane Society of the United States suggests preparing an emergency animal kit for your vehicle.
An emergency animal kit for your car should include:
• Phone numbers and addresses of veterinary clinics, animal control agencies, and humane shelters.
• Cat carrier, pillowcase, or cardboard box.
• Adjustable 6-foot slip lead.
• Bottled water
• Strong smelling foods (canned tuna, Fancy Feast cat food, etc.)
• Food and water dishes
• Animal first-aid kit (available online through Medi-Pet, CPR Savers, or First Aid Supply
• Blankets or towels
• Animal first-aid book (”Pet First Aid” by HSUS and American Red Cross, available online).
“Bringing an animal to safety is the kindest thing you can do” says Alex Murphy, a volunteer with the Buffalo, N.Y. SPCA. There are thousands of animals in need that are often alone and it’s up to the animal lover’s of this world to help.