While rushing to an early-morning tennis game, I spotted a pigeon in the middle of the sidewalk. I’ve lived in New York for years and rescued lots of birds in trouble, so I knew that this pigeon needed help because as I approached him, he stayed put. I was easily able to scoop him up. I always keep a “ready kit”—a carrier filled with supplies—in my apartment, so I used it to rush this poor bird to the wonderful folks at the Wild Bird Fund. They found that he was suffering without hope, so they gave him a painless release from the virus that was ravaging his body.
Please never walk by an injured or sick animal or assume that someone else will come to the rescue. Often, no one does. Be prepared for your own wildlife emergency, and become an angel for animals! No errand, deadline, appointment, tennis game—not even a job interview—is as important as helping an animal in trouble.
If you find a sick or injured animal and are unsure what to do, please call PETA immediately. Caseworkers are on call 24 hours day, and they are here to help.
Written by Jannette Patterson