Animal lovers stepped up in a big way for the Owensboro Humane Society yesterday.
As reported on the Humane Society’s Facebook page Thursday morning, Dec. 12, “Someone or many broke into our office last night and tore up our welded safe, took all of our money that is for these animals that we had for the clinics, went through the medicines and ransacked all of our files, tearing up the whole building.”
That post was shared over 6,000 times.
It didn’t take long for people to take action. There were two GoFundMe accounts set up to take donations for the Humane Society in hopes of replacing the money that was stolen. One of those, created by Zachary Blackburn, set a $10,000 goal, which was reached overnight.
At the time of this posting, over $11,000 had been raised by 337 donors in 23 hours.
And that’s not counting donations that have come in directly to the Humane Society Paypal account or walk-up donations.
“I’ve never seen so many cars out here,” said Melissa Becht, referring to the outpouring of support yesterday at the Humane Society. A steady stream of people brought in cash donations, dog food, cat food, litter and cleaning supplies.
“I was distraught. We have events each month to raise money and supplies. We work so hard to get what we have, and to think someone can take it that easily is heartbreaking,” Becht said. “But, we’ve been surprised by the help. It’s been amazing.”
If you would like to make an online donation, a Paypal account has also been set up to purchase a security system and replace the safe. Here is that link.
The link to the other GoFundMe account, created by Cheryl Beaumont, has raised $1,200 of the $5,000 goal as the time of this post.