What to do if you suspect an animal needs rescue

If you suspect that an animal needs rescue then what should you do? Well, with everything that is occurring in our region this summer from fires to Covid-19 to heat domes, it can be stressful, particularly for animals. We often get calls from people who assume that a pet or wild animal is in distress. We want to encourage you to keep calling us if even if you are unsure. That’s because your phone call could literally mean life or death for the animal in question. We have also prepared a shortlist of what you can do to assist. As always, we are constantly looking for caring volunteers to foster animals. The wildfires in BC have made the need for foster animal parents imperative, so please spread the word that we need your help!

Stay Calm

Often, when you come across an animal in distress it can be overwhelming. We encourage you to take a few deep breaths and stay calm. This will not only benefit your decision-making capabilities but will also signify to the animal that everything is going to be okay. If an animal is met with a heightened emotional response then it will generally pick up on your queues. This can cause the animal to be more frightened, stressed, and reactive. Talk to the animal in a calm, steady low voice. Any movements should be slow and calculated so as to not startle the animal while you assess the situation.

Assess the Situation

If you can’t stay but you have observed something you suspect to be unsavory then take as many notes as possible. Determine the location through landmarks, or take down an address nearby. Also, you should include as many details about the animal in distress. The type of animal, any distinct colourings, markings, or identifiable collar or tattoo. It is also helpful to know the perceived condition and if there are any humans around contributing to or against the animal’s situation.

Locate the Person in Charge

If you are near a farm or a home, then try to track down the animal’s rightful owner. Oftentimes, without knowing the situation you could perceive the animal is injured or uncared for without knowing the backstory. Perhaps the animal got loose, just had surgery, or has a disability that is being treated. Having all of the facts makes it easier to determine the appropriate course of action.

Removing the Animal that needs rescue

We don’t suggest removing the animal from the area unless you have determined that it needs immediate care to survive.  If you do think the animal requires immediate attention then give the experts here at Critteraid a call and we can point you in the right direction. Especially if it is a large farm animal that is not easily moved and transported. We are always happy to help with advice, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!