Pet and Wildlife Rescue wants to remind the community that they are not contracted to assist with removal of distempered raccoons.

In a Facebook post today P.A.W said the following:

“It is apparent that many people are still confused on what services we provide for the Municipality.

Unfortunately, picking up distempered raccoons is not one of the services we are contracted for, however we help whenever we are able to.

In the last 3 weeks, we have captured over 25 raccoons with distemper thanks to our volunteers, and staff on their lunch hour. We understand that many more sick raccoons are roaming around but our availability and funds are not unlimited.

Chatham-Kent has several wildlife trappers who can assist, such as:
Rentokil 519-351-4471
TNT Pest Removal 519-401-7703
Kent County Animals 519-692-5025
Steve’s Pest Management 1-866-477-1110

If you are interested in volunteering to help with raccoons and other wildlife, please feel free to contact our office at 226-996-9969.”

What are the symptoms of a raccoon with distemper?

Raccoons with distemper may move slowly and may stumble as they walk. They lose their fear of humans, appear blind and confused and may wander aimlessly and may become aggressive if cornered. A mucus discharge will often be present around the eyes and nose and may be accompanied by coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, seizures or chewing fits. They may only exhibit some of these symptoms and otherwise appear quite healthy.

If you or a pet come into contact with a raccoon and are bitten or scratched you should seek immediate medical attention.

For more information on what to do with Nuisance Animals in Chatham-Kent visit:
https://www.chatham-kent.ca/residents/animal-care-and-control/NuisanceAnimals