Rescue on the Run:

How to make a rescue kit for your vehicle



Encountering an animal in need can happen anywhere: a grocery store parking lot (as I once discovered), an office complex, a field, a festival, a gas station, the side of a freeway....you get the idea.


Sometimes you aren't prepared; and when you go back later the animal is gone. This can be heart breaking especially if the animal was in desperate need like the kitten I found in the grocery store parking lot trying to eat a piece of mulch she was so starved at that point. This was 20 years ago but I remember it well. I was new to animal rescue, and unprepared because I'd gone to buy my weekly groceries not rescue cats!


It was 40 degrees out, she was weak with hunger. I had a friend with me who I sent into the store to buy a can of kitten food and a plastic bowl. I opened it and she ate the whole thing in seconds. I sent him back into the store for more cans, while I stayed with her to ensure she didn't run off. I opened the next can, while he went back into the store and came back with a laundry basket with a lid (thankfully it was a grocery store that had more than milk and dry goods!) and a large dishtowel. We turned the laundry basket into a cat carrier, abandoned the weekly grocery shopping, and took her home. We paid for her vaccinations and tests, and the local Shelter put her into their adoption program and two weeks later she had a forever home.


After that, I began keeping things in my car in case I encountered a situation like that again.

Here's my current "rescue on the run" kit:

  • Cat carrier
  • Dog leash with adjustable harnesses in small, medium, and large (you could just have collars instead)
  • Plastic bowls
  • Cans of dog and cat food
  • Bottles of water
  • Gloves
  • Potty pads
  • Paper towel roll 
  • Large bath towels
  • Neosporin (in case they have wounds)
  • Vet wrap (you can order through Amazon) in case they have a leg injury
  • Rubbing Alcohol wipes
  • Microchip scanner $89 through Amazon. Your phone app will NOT scan the microchip. This is the one I own: http://a.co/adPLTYw
  • Printed binder of phone numbers for:
  • All local shelters, private and municipal
  • Local wildlife rescue
  • Local Emergency Animal Hospital and nearby Veterinary Hospitals


Remember to always use caution and common sense.

You may need to call for help.

The animal may not have had a Rabies vaccination.‚Äč

But it's amazing how many animals you'll be able to help with these simple items. 


Good luck!