It is always disturbing to witness a poor defenseless animal that lost its life due to an altercation with a motor vehicle. Animals have no idea how to look both ways before crossing because wild animals never lived with car issues in their own habitat. If you ever notice an animal, injured or well, in the middle of the road, it may be best for you to contact your local Knoxville area animal control department as listed below or one closest to your home. You may also be able to call law enforcement or 911 and they can direct you to the appropriate professionals.
Most everyone wants to help an animal in need but you must remember that a wild animal, out of fear, may not take lightly to being picked up, even when you have its best interest in mind. Some things you need to remember is to be calm and cautious when approaching the animal. Don’t just leave the animal there unattended since that could lead to eventual tragedy. In order to be better prepared to safely help an injured animal, consider keeping an animal rescue kit in your vehicle for such occurrences. The kit should typically include such items as:
- A thick towel or blanket without any cords or strings
- A possible small carrier, maybe one that is collapsible when not in use to be more space efficient
- A net like a butterfly net
- Possibly a catch pole for safe retrieval of the animal, for you and him/her
- Thick gloves
- A leash
- A shovel that may be necessary to pick up an injured animal and transfer to the carrier without injury to yourself
- A broom or similar type tool can also be used to coax the animal into the carrier.
- Emergency animal control information as listed in this article.
You can also find a detailed list and information at the following site; PETA Rescue Kit . It can be frightening to attempt to help a wild injured animal; however, being prepared, you can possibly save a life. Don’t turn your head and allow the animal to possibly die or get hit again.
Animal Control Offices in Knoxville, 3201 Division St, Knoxville, TN 37919, (865) 215-7457; City of Knoxville Animal Control ; 4708 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921, (865) 588-0299
Knoxville Village Vet, 11301 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934, Tel: (865) 966–8900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knoxville Central Vet Hospital, 1212 W. Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916, Phone: (865) 525-1167
Knoxville Emergency Vet, 1819 Ailor Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916 | (865) 221-8956