A new free app and website is rolling out across the country to connect people to emergency veterinarians, animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitators, and other appropriate resources for animal-related emergencies.
Animal Help Now (ahnow.org) provides immediate assistance to people who encounter an injured animal, animal in danger, or one posing a danger to humans. After asking the user simple questions about the emergency, and pairing those responses with time and location data, the app and website responds with how to help, whom to call, or where to go. Animal Help Now is available 24/7 to connect users to the proper authority or resource, and can also be used when disaster strikes if cell service is available.
App users have saved the lives of thousands of dogs, cats, squirrels, turtles, rabbits, pigeons, ducks, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, deer, bats, foxes, and many more.
The Boulder-based nonprofit began by painstakingly compiling a database of every animal service in Colorado, then expanded to Texas. In these two states it covers all possible situations affecting pets, farmed animals, and wildlife including aquatic animals. They are working on the rollout of 32 more states, focusing on wildlife issues first.
You can download it for free here: