It has probably happened to you to drive a car or take a walk and see a stray cat or dog on the side of the road. If you have the need to help the animal and do not what to do, you can read the guidelines we will give you in this article. They will help you help the animal without endangering either the animal or yourself.
First of all, think about safety. If you are in a car, give a signal and pull over in order not to disturb the traffic. Approach the animal with caution, because if it is injured or scared it may act unpredictably. Animals have “flight or fight” response to the situations in which they feel endangered, which means that they will either run or attack. By approaching the animal with carte you avoid the risk of being scratched or bitten. Move slowly towards the animal and talk calmly to it. Lure her by a food with strong smell (such as fish or liver) and do not touch the animal when it approaches, but rather give it some space. If you have a cat or dog carrier, you should try luring the animal into it. If not, you can use a leash or a piece of cloth to restrain the animal. If you feel unsafe or uneasy to restrain it, or you do not have the necessary items, you can call the Animal Service for help.
When and if you are able to take the animal with you, the next step is to take it to safety.
Basically, you have two options. If you do not want to keep the animal, you can take it to the nearest shelter. The animal will be taken care of at the shelter and they will provide it with food, water and care of a veterinarian. They will also check whether the animal has the owner, by either looking for a microchip or providing the animal’s description to the appropriate agency. The other option is that you want to keep the animal and take it home. In that case, your first stop should be the vet. He will check the animal’s behavior and medical condition, determine whether the animal is suitable for adoption and for life with people and other animals. Also, if the animal already has the owner, it will have the microchip which the vet can scan and find out the owner’s name. If you plan to save animals, or you have tried it before but did not have the appropriate items with you, make sure to adequately prepare. There is a kit you can keep in your car and use it when you find a stray animal you want to help. You should always have with you a cat carrier or a cardboard box or cats, a collar and a leash for dogs, a blanket, clean bowls, water, food with strong smell and a first-aid kit for animals. It does not take much investment to save an animal, all it takes is a kind heart and some will.
Posted by Darren Simonds on Apr 12, 2016 in Animals | Comments Off on How you can help stray animals in winter
Life of stray animals is difficult as is, and in the areas of cold winters, it becomes even more difficult when winter arrives. Due to the cold and harsh weather conditions, many stray cats and dogs are left without food, water, and they often freeze to death. Even if you are an animal lover, you are aware of the fact that you cannot provide shelter for all the animals out there in the streets. However, there still are things you can do in case you find a stray animal in the street, and they require nothing but some love and good will. Call it in – every city should have local authorities that deal with stray cats and dogs. The first thing you should do when you find a stray animal is call the case in, and the animal service will take the animal to the shelter. Depending on the country, these animals are sometimes just checked by a vet, neutered, vaccinated and released, which still does not help them in harsh conditions. In such cases, you can take the animal to the vet for a checkup and then inform the local shelter about the animal, or you can take the animal to the shelter yourself. Make shelters – in case you are not able to bring the animal home, you should not feel desperate. You can easily make shelters for them where they can sleep and feel warm even while they are in the street. You will need a thick cardboard box which you will line with straw or Styrofoam. Then, you need to cover it with thick nylon which you will firmly attach to the box. A shelter made this way keeps the animal warm and protects it from the snow, rain and wind.
If you want, you can also add an old blanket or sweater in the box, but make sure never to leave them blankets without the shelter, because they will only get wet and be of no use.
Food – if you feed stray animals during other season, you should just keep doing so in the winter. However, in winter months you should avoid wet and canned food, because it is likely to freeze. Use dry food instead, because it will stay in proper condition no matter the weather conditions. Make sure to leave food in a plastic container and in a place hidden from rain or snow, in order for food to stay clean and not to get wet – because of freezing.
Water – people often leave water for stray animals during summer months, since the temperatures are high and everyone’s thirsty. However, due to low temperatures in winter, water freezes and animals have no access to it during colder months. Keep this in mind, and if you leave water for stray animals, always try to do it in a place hidden from cold, if it is possible. Check the water supply regularly and change the water in case it freezes.