I don't drive!
Modified on: Sun, 25 Apr, 2021 at 7:25 PM
Not everyone who finds a wildlife casualty will have the ability to drive and this can lead to some tension and difficulties. TV might have given the impression that animal rescues have a fleet of shiny white vans and uniformed employees on hand to pick animals up but the reality for most wildlife rescues is that they rely on unpaid volunteers who are fully occupied cleaning, feeding and medicating their many patients. If they were to leave the rescue to collect casualties, the welfare of the animals in their care would be compromised.
If you find a casualty and can't drive it to the rescue yourself, please try your very best to get it there using one of the solutions below before politely asking the rescue whether they may have a volunteer available to help (and being understanding if they don't).
Take public transport. The casualty won't find this any more or less stressful than travelling in a car. Just cover their box/carrier with a towel so they can't see out.
Ask a friend, family member or neighbour to drive you or take the animal to rescue on your behalf.
Contact a local pet ambulance service. Many such businesses do rescue work on the side and may be happy to deliver the wildlife casualty for free or at a reduced rate. You can find them by googling 'pet ambulance' and your area.
Post in a local Facebook group to ask for help. This is very often successful as most groups will contain an animal lover happy to help. Your chances of finding someone are even better if you post in a local vegetarian/vegan group or one dedicated to pets. Just go to Facebook and put your town into the search bar and you should see various options come up.
Call an Uber. Many Uber drivers are happy to deliver contained casualties to rescues themselves so you wouldn't need to travel with the animal. In cases of genuine hardship, where you have exhausted all other options, we may be able to help you with the costs of this. There's full guidance on how to do this at https://helpwildlife.freshdesk.com/en/support/solutions/articles/77000489090-sending-a-casualty-to-rescue-in-an-uber
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