Be prepared to act when you find an injured or lost pet while driving. Gather this list of items and keep them in your trunk or in a weather-proof tub in the back of your pickup.

Roadside Rescue Kit

  • Mobile phone
  • Wallet Card (downloadable), complete with animal emergency phone numbers, if you are out of service for some reason
  • Bottled water, 2 qts., leaving room for ice expansion in winter if applicable
  • Cat food, 2 qts., in plastic bowl with lid (sample food packets available from some pet stores stay fresh longer)
  • Plastic bowl for water to nest with the above
  • Squeeze bulb or syringe, to squirt water into a thirsty pet’s mouth, if it is too stricken to lap water
  • Tarp, plastic, large enough to cover your vehicle seat and back cushion, or to serve as a sling
  • Blanket, warm, clean, and tightly woven
  • Bandanas, keep several handy for soft restraints, tourniquets, towels, etc.
  • Gloves, padded, long-wristed, to protect you from bites and scratches
  • Muzzle, soft nylon, to protect you from bites
  • Flares or glowsticks, to protect your vehicle from traffic at night or to signal a location
  • Flashlight, headlamp style, for hands-free use, batteries removed but in the kit
  • Wet wipes
  • Small notebook and pencil
  • Tote to contain the above (a big kitty litter tote with handle works well)