We have also been in the rescue business. The other day it was a little live mouse the cat brought in alive. Ryker scooped it up in his mouth, saw me and ran outside with it. I made him drop it and it was amazingly alright. We took him into the forest and let him go.
Next was a female robin. brought in alive but a bit stressed! I put her in the hanging flower basket to rest. She sat there for an hour and then flew away. I always feel better when we have a successful rescue!