On Sunday morning, the staff at Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire showed up to a very sad sight. The shelter had been broken into, and all of the pet food was gone. They estimate 65 bags (about $750 worth) of donated cat food and dog food was stolen.
The thief was caught on camera, and they shared the surveillance video hoping he can be identified.
The donated pet food is distributed by the shelter to food pantries and people struggling to make ends meet. How someone could steal from the needy is just beyond comprehension.
Only one small bag of cat food remained.
But the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire posted a press release on Facebook, and that’s when things started to take a turn for the better.
Before their story could even hit the local news, cars were lining up in the parking lot with donations!
“The community response was amazing,” Monica Zulauf (president and CEO) told The Dodo. “It was a steady stream of everything — from toddlers carrying little bags of cat treats to families who had picked up full bags of pet food.”
While the case remains under investigation, situations like this show the power of social media and the loving side of humanity. For every thief, there are so many more people willing to give unselfishly. It’s amazing to know that the people and pets who need the food will get it.
And the shelter says the food donations are still rolling in!
There are always other ways to donate or help out, not only to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, but at your local shelters as well. 🙂
[h/t The Dodo]