On Sunday morning, the unimaginable happened at the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. The rescue staff found their community food pantry empty. About 65 bags worth $700 of donated cat and dog food were missing. It was meant to be distributed among the elderly people and families with financial problems who can’t afford pet food.
“A staff person came in the morning and noticed that someone had pushed through the chicken wire on our community food pantry and they had taken everything,” Monica Zulauf, president and CEO of the rescue, told The Dodo. “They left one small bag of kitten food.”
Luckily, this wasn’t the end of the story. Soon after the incident, the shelter’s press release about the theft went viral and locals flooded the rescue home with food supplies. “The community response was amazing,” Zulauf said. “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.” Even if the thief hasn’t been found yet, the shelter has close to 10 times more food supplies than it had before the incident. Most importantly, many animals got adopted, too! And the supplies keep coming.
More info: Facebook (h/t: thedodo)