How To Help A Pet Hit By A Car

December 31, 2008 was cold and clear when a white dog raised its head as we approached in our truck while lying in the middle of the two lane street. I asked my husband to return, and we did to protect the dog. I called my vet, found a phone number that was for emergencies, called that and found that it was the wrong county. If I had dialed 911, I would have saved valuable time. It was after 9:00 pm when we stopped.

They arrived, placed a muzzle that was too small on the dog, and used the towel I provided to load the dog, asked us some questions, and left. The dog died, but the important point is that it had a chance it would not have without Animal Control. It had no collar, no tags, and we didn’t know the dog. It was trying to bite, but did not bite anyone.

We found out that after hours 911 is the fastest way to contact the correct county Animal Control. If out of the county of residence and not online, information may help. Getting the numbers into the speed dial for local shelters is important.

Although there may not be a tax deduction, it is very helpful to donate towels, sheets and items dogs and cats can use. It is a good idea to have some of these items for emergency use while traveling.

Two other neighbors stopped to help us divert traffic while we waited for Animal Control to come help this dog. A muzzle in our car would have made the difference, although getting a muzzle on a hurt dog is not always easy. The options of taking the dog ourselves to an Emergency Clinic may save the dog, but may be out of pocket instead of paid by the county with Animal Control.

(c) Charlotte Fairchild 2008