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Humane Rescue Alliance

The Humane Rescue Alliance receives calls every day from residents needing assistance with wildlife conflicts. In instances where there is a legitimate threat to health and safety, HRA will dispatch a trained Animal Care & Control officer to assess the situation. However, in most cases, simple steps can be taken to not only evict the animals but to also aid in the prevention of re-occurring conflicts.

Preventing Conflict

Preventing the conflict from occurring in the first place is the goal, and prevention can be fairly simple and inexpensive.

To prevent animals from gaining access to your home:

  • Cap your chimney
  • Repair any openings in your home where animals can gain access; some animals can access a home through a hole the size of a dime.
  • Trim back tree limbs several feet from your roof top.
  • Secure trash containers tightly.
  • Clean up spilled birdseed under and around bird feeders. 
  • Remove any uneaten pet food.

If an animal has found their way into your home:

  • If the animal is in a primary living space, call Animal Care & Control immediately (202-576-6664), and close off doors to confine the animal.
  • In attics or basements, do not block their access points. Most animals are looking for a dark quiet place to hide out and nest. Sometimes, placing a radio tuned to a talk show along with a light will encourage them to move on. If there is a mother with babies, it may take her a day or two to find a new nesting spot and retrieve her babies. Once you are sure all animals are gone, seal up the access points.

If you must call a professional wildlife control company, ensure they are fully licensed and use only humane methods for eviction. These animals are only looking for food and shelter, and even in a city setting, have an important natural role to play.

Additional tips can be found on our wildlife resources page.

Animal Care & Control Dispatch: 202-576-6664

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