This past week, I spent a day on a ride-along with John Griffin, who leads our Humane Wildlife Services (HWS) program. John and his team are on the road every day in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, their trucks loaded down with equipment, solving every kind of animal problem that homeowners deal with – bats in the bedroom, squirrels in the attic, and raccoons in the chimney. It's a fee-for-service program, and it's an incredible resource to have in our home community, one that allows humane-minded homeowners to call in an experienced team to solve their wildlife-related problems and not cause any harm to animals. It was super to see John and his team at work, providing a lifeline to animals and to frustrated and sometimes fearful homeowners.
You can do a virtual ride-along by tuning in tomorrow night to the National Geographic Wild channel and watching Raccoon: Backyard Bandit, airing at 9 p.m. EST. This is the story of a raccoon who lives in the heart of Washington, D.C., along with politicians, lawyers, cab drivers, and other urban dwellers. It is a first for Nat Geo Wild in that the story is told from the raccoon's point of view and it has some really amazing footage – some of it never before seen – that comes directly through The HSUS' own Humane Wildlife Services team. Our team partnered with National Geographic to help them gain access to the urban raccoons featured in the story and known to us from our daily jobs.