What is “Emergency Rescue”?
For us, large animal rescue has two distinct pieces: HELPING animals and the people assisting them during technical rescues and TEACHING first responders (police officers, firefighters, and veterinarians) how to rescue animals safely.
There are times when animals become trapped or in dangerous situations they cannot escape from (think trailering accident, fall on the ice, stuck in the mud, trapped by storm debris, and so forth). Most of the time, the animal can get himself out of trouble before people even have a chance to intervene. But when the animal cannot or should not free himself, it’s in our nature to want to help. However, it’s important to keep both the animal and the people around him safe.
Often, the people trying to help the animal don’t have the equipment and knowledge to help the animal safely. This usually results in a dangerous and damaging “rescue” that can leave the animal and the people helping to rescue him injured, sometimes even fatally. Situations like these require experts with proper equipment to give the animal the best chance of survival while ensuring the people helping stay safe. We’re increasing the chances of a good outcome while minimizing the risks to people trying to help.
Every rescue is different, and an important part of technical rescue is understanding what skill sets and personnel are needed to make things happen efficiently and safely in any given situation. For example, cattle down in an overturned trailer require different skill sets and people than a single horse stuck in the mud.
In these situations, people typically rely on their local fire or law enforcement departments or veterinarians for help. However, this training is not historically a part of the curriculum for people in law enforcement, firefighting, or vet medicine. We are actively trying to change that so the people called upon to rescue animals have the knowledge and skills to do this safely.
We do respond to emergency calls and do our best to help animals when and where we can. But we also understand that we cannot help with every emergency, which is why we are focusing on training people throughout the state.
Overall, technical rescue is about providing the knowledge and tools to keep our personnel safe and improve the health outcomes of animals when they get trapped or are in a dangerous situation.
To help law enforcement, owners, and first responders in these situations, we offer the following educational programs: