Tips for Rescuers
If this is the first time you’ve found a stray or abandoned animal, or, if they always seem to find you, check our safety tips and pointers for both the rescuer’s and the animal’s wellbeing.
- Stray animals can be dangerous. Try to get experienced help. Invite an animal home with you only if you have a safe means of transporting him or her. Neverforce an animal into your car if they seem uncomfortable.
- Don’t let a strange animal ride loose in your car.
- Keep a leash and a carrier in your car at all times.
- Bottled water and canned food are also nice to have on hand.
- Don’t over feed the animal, especially if you are transporting them.
- If you are bitten or scratched, seek treatment immediately.
- If you plan to take the stray home, make sure your own animals are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
- Even vaccinated dogs can get parvovirus.
- Many rescue workers will not bring an animal into their own home until he or she has had a thorough vet check.
- Until you can get the new animal to a vet, separate him or her from your pets.
- Consider boarding the animal in a kennel or vet’s office. This will cost money, but the peace of mind is well worth it. Ask if they offer a discount for rescued animals.
If have you found a lost companion animal and you wish to assist in finding them their home, you will need to act quickly; people who have lost pests start their search immediately and then tend to scale down the search if there have been no results within about two weeks.
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Steps to Finding a Lost Animal’s Home
You have found a lost animal…now what? Since time is of the essence, learn where to take the animal to be scanned for a microchip and much more. Please refer to the tips for rescuers for more information.