Having trouble with animals raiding your garbage cans and creating an awful mess? You’re not alone. Dogs, cats, raccoons, opossums, rats and other animals can have a king-sized buffet if they get into your trash—even if the lids on your cans are latched on properly. First, let’s cover some things you shouldn’t do: Don’t put your trash out early. Don’t put your cans out until shortly before the scheduled pickup.