What Do You Call an Animal You Keep in Your Car?

January 6, 2024

We’ve all seen the dramatic (and scary) videos of wild animals that have found their way into people's cars. These creatures don’t need a large opening to get into your car — insects, small mammals and other critters may find shelter in your vehicle or be attracted by a food source.

If you spot an animal that’s exhibiting signs of distress, such as panting excessively or drooling, call 911 and/or local animal control. If it’s safe to do so, place the animal on a board or study object and cover them with a blanket. It’s also a good idea to keep emergency contact numbers in your purse, glove compartment and programmed into your phone. You can also distribute the Humane Society’s hot car flyer [PDF].


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