Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
Buy the #EatForThePlanet book



It’s always special to share a story featuring interspecies friendships because they always show there are no boundaries when it comes to love. Animals don’t pass judgment – whether furry or scaly – they all simply want to be loved and cared for. And this recent story from the Knoxville Police Department highlights just one of the interspecies friendships pulling at our heartstrings.

Recently, Animal Control Officer Nick Powell responded to a report of an animal stuck in a dumpster and he immediately set out to help. Once at the dumpster, though, he found a cat … and a raccoon!

The kitten and the raccoon were found cuddling in the corner to keep each other warm. So sweet! 

We are so glad they had each other! 

The Knoxville Police Department posted an update on their Facebook page stating that the kitten was transported to the Young Williams Animal Center and the baby raccoon was relocated and released. 



Even if it is unlikely, the kitten and the raccoon’s relationship highlights an important message: at the end of the day, we’re not all that different from one another and we could all benefit from being more compassionate.

Thanks to the kind person who reported the situation to the Knoxville Police Department, both of these animals are now out of harm’s way. Whenever possible in case of an animal rescue, remember to always consult a professional first. Make sure to keep these animal rescue hotlines handy. You could save a life!

Image source: Knoxville Police Department/Facebook 

Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

First Plant-Based World Conference and Expo for Healthcare Professionals, Businesses, and Consumers Coming to NYC

The Plant Based World Conference and Expo will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on June 7-8, 2019.

Meghan Markle Reveals She Sticks to a Vegan Diet During the Week!

This Dog’s Family Treated Him Like Trash, So This Woman Decided to Prove to Him That He Is Not

Tell Delaware Police to Fire Officers That Ran Over 2 Loose Dogs and Shot One – Even Though Rescuers Were on the Scene

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

3 comments on “Animal Control Officer Responds to a Call … and Finds a Cat and Raccoon Cuddling in a Dumpster!”

Click to add comment
El Marquillos
6 Months Ago

Looks like one mean cat! Poor "coon...

Mahesh Jadhav
6 Months Ago

True friends

Jildau Dijkstra
6 Months Ago


A Purnell Singh
6 Months Ago


Richard Mann
6 Months Ago

I wouldn't say the cats and raccoons around my house are buddies, but they're perfectly respectful of one another. they're all great in my book.

Maria Coronado
6 Months Ago

Sara Perez

Hope Karan Gerecht
6 Months Ago


Cody Shevlin
6 Months Ago

Darren Benz

Jill St John
6 Months Ago

Cindy Kuo

Cindy Kuo
25 Oct 2017

So cute! I caught Rodger (our friend Raccoon) playing with the cats through the window the other night. Very sweet

Amy Sue Cherundolo
6 Months Ago

They do indeed! Heart thieves ❤️


Subscribe to our Newsletter

Follow us on

Do Not Show This Again


Submit to OneGreenPlanet

Terms & Conditions ×