START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
2,636,208 people care about Environment & Wildlife

Red Hot Raccoons Saved by Sub Shop Superhero

Red Hot Raccoons Saved by Sub Shop Superhero

Written byRachel Jettyof Maine (USA)

As a kid, we had a pet raccoon and before that, we lived in a campground that had five raccoons, so for me raccoons are not something I’d ever be afraid of. They’re smart, mischievous and very, very cute!

A few years ago, I had moved from Maine to Rhode Island and was a manager for a sub shop chain in the city. One day I went to work at about two in the afternoon. About an hour into my shift, I was helping a guest at the counter when she mentioned a family of raccoons in a dumpster across the street in the professionals plaza. I asked about it and she said that they’d been out there all day. It was summer time and HOT. I couldn’t even imagine how hot it was in a dumpster in full sun. I was disappointed that all the people in that building knew about them (they were warning each other to stay away from the dumpster) and decided to stay away instead of figuring out how to help them.

A Momma and Her Babies Looked Up at Me

I walked out the back door and crossed the four busy lanes of traffic to see what was going on. When I got there, there was a momma raccoon and 5 babies huddled in the dumpster. I went back to my restaurant and called animal control. I wasn’t sure what I could do about it, but they told me very nicely that if they came out they would have to put the animals down. Yikes, not on my watch!

I went down into the basement where we had some random maintenance items and found a wooden ladder. I shoved rolls and a salad into a bag and headed back across the street dodging traffic with my ladder & treats. I stuck the ladder in the dumpster and put some food on the steps.

The raccoons were too afraid to climb out with me standing there so I went back to work and hoped for the best. When I went back across a while later, all the raccoons had made it out of the dumpster.

I will never forget that day. I couldn’t believe people just walked by and left those helpless animals in the hot sun all day. Were they afraid of them, or did they just not care? I’m not sure, but if someone had taken the time to call animal control earlier those little guys would have been goners, so in the end it all worked out for the best.

Want More Happy Endings?

Please enjoy more photos & stories from everyday heroes who are joining in The Great Animal Rescue Chase tournament to save one million.


Related Stories:

Birdwatchers Grab Skunk with Head Sealed in Jar: How They Saved a Life

Raccoon Mama Frantic at Window: Couple Saves Her Boarded-Up Babes

Rescue of Baby Raccoons & Their Mama Stuck in Drainpipe (Video)



Photo Credit: Lin Feng |

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it


+ add your own
12:57PM PST on Nov 12, 2013

There is no doubt about it, this is an animal lover. Thanks and I am sure Mom & babies than you as well.

8:28PM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thanks for posting, and for being so compassionate.

2:20PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

and they lived happily ever after

1:51AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

I do love a happy ending, especially in an animal rescue story!

6:05PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Thank you.

3:39PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Love your description of raccoons. They are indeed "smart, mischievous and very, very cute."

6:42AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

thanks for sharing, glad they were ok :)

10:54AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

good story

6:39PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

great story

3:53AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Fantastic that are so many caring people. This story reminds me of when the dumpsters at my townhouse complex had easy to lift lids and raccoons would climb in but, unless the garbage was high enough, couldn't get back out. I feared for their safety so with the aid of a long 4x4, I would travel early in the morning from dumpster to dumpster, lower it into the dumpster to let the raccoons climb back out. There were as many as six in a dumpster. I had to hold the board so it wouldn't fall into the dumpster and the little faces were a few inches from mine as they clambered out. Just looked at me and headed for the fence. They soon came to recognize the board as they would pull it down when they saw it coming. Their reputation of being vicious is so wrong.

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

meet our writers

Lindsay Spangler Lindsay Spangler is a Web Editor and Producer for Care2 Causes. A recent UCLA graduate, she lives in... more
Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK


Civil Rights


Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights


Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.