Moving season is coming up! It is not a “warning” anymore, it is a reality that can be seen on the desperate cries for help from rescues and the little paws been seen walking aimlessly through the streets. Although there has been protests and it has been covered on the news, there are still many boroughs that have contracts with the Berger Blanc and other kill-pounds. All these animals are innocent of society’s irresponsibility and they will face death due to abandonment. Just like there is irresponsible people, there are people with a good heart and a good common sense to lend a friendly hand to these abandoned animals.
If you may find an abandoned animal and you want to help here are some steps to follow in order to guarantee the animal’s safety and yours:
- Check Montreal Dog Blog’s list of Shelters and contact them in order to ensure you have a place for the animal if you are in the situation of not being able to offer the animal a home.
- Be sure to read the guidelines of the rescues. Some may have certain requirements for the animals that they accept.
- For your own safety, first make sure the animal is friendly. If the animal is not friendly it would be best to wait for a professional animal rescuer. Many animals are frightened, and possibly sick or injured animals may behave unpredictably.
- Be sure to have the following items: cat carrier or cardboard box. Collars and strong leashes for dogs. Bowls for food & water.
- In order to lure the animal try to have strong-smelling foods, such as canned tuna or dried liver.
- Be patient it could take some time for the animal to come to you.
- Before you take the animal to a shelter, take pictures and write down a description for him or her.
- Post the pictures and information of the animal in different websites like petluck.ca, facebook and use social media outlets in case the animal may be lost or if it could be an outside cat with a home.Contact the police department of your neighborhood and the local pound.
- If it is within your possibilities, take the animal to an emergency vet clinic to have a check up, plus vets have a microchip reader.
- Take the animal to the shelter that you have contacted and has a free space for the animal you just rescued.