Humane Society of Dover - Feature Story 1
Dog Rescue

Roadside Samaritans

Those who have faced emergencies can tell you it is essential to get your first aid kit together and get familiar with first aid measures BEFORE you are confronted with an accident, emergency or sudden illness.

Many situations require fast and correct action to prevent further injury, infection or death. So assemble a first aid kit now, so that you'll be ready when you encounter an animal that needs immediate help.

Carry in your car or write on your first aid kit a list with the phone number for your vet, the closest emergency animal hospital, and poison control hotlines:
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 1-888-426-4435 or National Animal Poison Control Center 1-800-548-2423.

Your kit should contain the following items (click here for a printable version):

  • One collar in each size; small, medium and extra large
  • A nylon leash
  • Adjustable Muzzle (an injured or scared animal may try to bite)
  • Pet crate or carrier (a safe way to transport)
  • Blanket (the compact thermal blanket works well)
  • Towels (at least 2)
  • Thick work gloves and/or Kevlar gloves
  • Latex or Nitrile gloves
  • Bottled water
  • Bowl or other container to use for water
  • Freeze-dried food from a camping store
  • A board for transporting injured animals
  • Nylon straps 
  • Tarp (for transport or protecting your seat)
  • Travel first aid kit
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or pads
  • Hot/cold gel pack
  • Paper towels
  • Bandanna (many uses, including muzzling or securing a torn earflap)
  • Strips of cloth
  • Medical Tape
  • Scissors
  • Multi-tool
  • Fence tool
  • Knife
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency flares AND a reflective triangle
  • Work boots (for navigating terrain)
  • Trash bags
  • Paper grocery bag (for small animals it is the simplest, most versatile tool providing a convenient-to-carry rescue tool. If possible, put a washcloth or towel at the bottom of the bag for the animal’s comfort.)