Watch Tip: Roadside Rescues

Posted on May 29th, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Weekly Watch Tip for week of May 30:

Watch for dogs and cats lying along roads and highways—do you see movement? Stop and check. Be careful always, but take action to save a life. Call 9-1-1 or law enforcement; some municipalities may provide assistance. [Is your Sunbear Squad Wallet Card up to date?] If the unfortunate animal is dead, PLEASE stop and check for ID tags to call the owner and tell them the sad news, so they can stop searching and take possession of the body. Do unto others…

When driving, watch roadsides and ditches for animals in distress and be prepared to stop

Remember, in an emergency, every minute counts. Examine your Sunbear Squad Wallet Card to add rescues, shelters, and clinics that you have recently learned about, and make sure your municipal phone numbers are still current. It’s a good time to go through your Roadside Rescue Kit in your vehicle, to add or change old water and kibble. Are any items missing? Check the original list here: Roadside Rescue Kit

Do your dogs and cats have ID tags, microchips, and current registration? You might think  that they never get out of the house, but remember Murphy’s Law. What can go wrong will go wrong someday. What if the dryer lint catches fire while you are at work and your pets escape when firefighters open the door? And have your pets ever just “snuck out” during a busy moment? Shelters are full of family pets who got lost, and without tags, shelter workers are helpless to contact you. In some municipalities, stray pets are killed in as few as three days.

Vet clinic workers talk about how many loving, responsible families bring in their pets without collars or tags. They love their pets but are ignorant about this issue. Please raise awareness in your neighborhood about the importance of identification on pets.

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