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Sad Raccoon Story & Appeal for Help from Fort Greene

October 14th, 2008 · 6 Comments

A GL reader writes of a raccoon in Fort Greene:

please help! …I saw a raccoon on Clermont Avenue (Brooklyn). He/she looked stuck at the window seal of a parlor floor… by all mean I thought he wasn’t doing well and done everything possible and impossible to get a rescuer come help… nothing! I got bounced btw 311, animal rescue something something, again, nothing. The poor thing spent the whole day up there up to the police and some nice neighbors wanted to call someone who will finally put him to sleep!!! I dealed on having them wait up to tomorrow, and I hope someone can help me finding a REAL rescue organization. He looked sick, maybe a car ran him over or so… don’t know but I can’t think that he should be put to sleep only because he is a wild animal… Pleas if anyone knows of a number I can call, I’ll be back there on Clermont and Dekalb (Fort Greene) tomorrow morning. Thank you!

Advice in the comments section.

Tags: Animals · Fort Greene

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ruth Edebohls // Oct 14, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    There is a wildlife rehabilatator named Eileen Jones who lives on E. 5th Street who helped rescue a black-crowned night heron that had been tangled in a kite string in some tree tops in Prospect Park when I called her some years ago. The number I have for her is 718-318-4326. She can be difficult to reach. I hope she’s still at the same number. Good luck.

  • 2 mamacita // Oct 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Wow, that’s so sad poor thing. Where’s Palin with her shot gun when you need her.

  • 3 Lisa // Oct 14, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Please call Empty Cages Collective voicemail and leave a contact number ASAP. Someone will get back to you: (800) 880-2684

  • 4 Pet lover // Oct 14, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    The ASPCA should be able to help. They have wildlife staff specifically for stuff like this. If not, they should at least have the phone # of someone who can help.

  • 5 Marie // Oct 14, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    The city won’t pick up a raccoon unless it is “injured or rabid.” Have the racoon nip you and then call them.

    🙂 Sorry.

    If he looked sick, as you say, try tell 311 that the animal is behaving strangely. He could be rabid. Poor thing. However having him relocated to a wild area is not going to happen.

    I have a family of raccoons living on the roof next door to me on Henry Street in an empty building and the only way to have them removed is to pay for a critter control type company to come and do it…So they will remain in residence.

    Good luck – I hope you found help.

  • 6 Matzo // Oct 16, 2008 at 7:56 am

    If this poor coonie is still in need of help, please contact me at the Raccoon Orphanage. You don’t have a state listed but we have raccoon rehabbers in most states.

    Thank you for your care and concern about this poor little wild one. Killing it is not the answer if it is injured. There are many rehabbers out here that may be able to help.

    Raccoon Rescue