When rescuing any animal the first step is to earn their trust by using a friendly voice and slow motions when handling.
(Because of diseases they might have, you should always wear gloves.)
Occasionally when an animal is really hurt or/and can’t move it’s important to help them.
So when do you know when to help them or let them be? When you come near the animal does it move, does it limp, does it whimper or wheeze? If so here’s what to do.
A lot of times birds will crash into glass or babies will try to jump out of their nest before their ready to fly, so here are the steps to help them:
If for some reason you can't identify the bird spices or it seems to have a very severe injury you should take them to the nearest rescue center.
Rats, Squirrels and Wild Rabbits:
Because Rats, Squirrels and Rabbits can can carry many different diseases, your best hope is to call animal control.
Snakes and lizards:
Now when it comes to snakes the first thing to know is if the snake is venomous. So how are you going to know if it is a venomous snake? Venomous snakes will have a pointed head and a non-venomous snake will not have a pointed head.
Now there is one exception:
The coral snake has a rounded head and looks exactly like a non-venomous snake to tell the difference, remember this saying “Red Touch black, safe for Jack. Red touch yellow, kills a fellow.”
Many lizards are also venomous, But few affect humans. Here are some of the venomous lizards:
Because there are more venomous lizards than the lizards on this list you may want to double check by looking up “ Species of lizards that are venomous to humans” to ensure safety of both you and the animal.
Once you’ve ensured that the lizard or snake is not venomous, try picking it up (with gloves) and Putting it in a box of some sort and taking it to a rescue center.
Domastic Dogs and Cats:
Lost or stray dogs and cats on the streets are pretty common, so to help these guys you’re going to let them know you're approaching and try using a treat to get him/her to trust you.
Then when the cat or dog seems to trust you,
Try using a rope or better if you have a collar and leash tie or clip your “harness” To the dog, check if it has a collar if so call that number.
If it doesn’t have a collar, go to your nearest vet and look for a chip if it has no collar chip it’s likely to be a stray and you should most likely take it to the shelter.
With the cat try coaxing it into some sort of carrier, then once the cat is contained look for a collar, if it does not have a collar, bring it to the vet to look for a microchip.
If it does not have a microchip or color it is likely to be a stray and you should take it to an animal shelter.
Raccoons, Mountain lions, coyotes, deer and other large animals:
Again because these guys can carry diseases, and some have a fierce bite, your best hope is to call animal control.
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