Although Philadelphia is a large city, it is not uncommon to observe wildlife walking about on neighborhood streets—even during the daylight hours.
If you are concerned about wildlife near your property, there are several precautions you can take:
- Ensure all garbage cans are securely closed with a lid. Do not leave bags of trash in front of your property or on the sidewalk. Most wildlife are drawn to the smell of trash and, if they can access it easily, will consider your property a nice place to eat.
- Do not put food on the ground for birds or other animals. If you are feeding birds, make sure you use a commercial bird feeder that wildlife cannot access. If you are feeding feral cats, always place food in a container and pick it up after a short time.
- Repair all holes and openings in your roof, siding, porch, etc. Wildlife will often gain entry to properties through weak structures and take up residence.
- Use Philly311 to contact Philadelphia License and Inspections and report abandoned or dilapidated homes and city code violations in your area that wildlife has inhabited.
- Check out information on Raccoon and Skunk deterrents distributed by the Philadelphia Health Department. Raccoon Information
- Access the Pennsylvania Game Commission website or the Schuylkill Center website for information on many types of wildlife found in Philadelphia and tips on how to deter these animals from your property.
- If the animal is in a common area of the home. For example: the animal is in an area of the home such as the living room or bedroom. They will not respond if the animal is in the walls, attic, or crawl space of the home.
- If the animal appears to be injured or sick. ACCT Philly will attempt to capture a visually verified sick/injured raccoon whether it is inside or outside of a dwelling.
- A raccoon is located in the walls, attic, or roof areas of a dwelling (or any other areas that are not common areas). In these circumstances, you can either purchase a humane animal trap from a hardware or pest control retailer (such as Lowe’s or Home Depot), or contact a Licensed Wildlife Control (removal) agency. ACCT Philly will retrieve a raccoon from your location once it has been trapped for a fee or you may deliver the raccoon to our 111 West Hunting Park Avenue location. *Please note per law that prohibits re-release, all adult raccoon brought to ACCT Philly are euthanized (killed).
- Healthy wildlife is found in yards, streets, parks, etc. These animals should be left alone. If they are brought to the shelter, per law they CANNOT be relocated-they will be euthanized (killed). Use the resources provided above to deter these animals from frequenting your neighborhood.