BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS
The Cat Protection Society has been overwhelmed by the good spirit of supporters, after a donation tin was stolen from their Enmore Road premises.
CEO of the Cat Protection Society Kristina Vesk described the theft as “disappointing”.
“It feels like double hit to me because it feels like it threatens the cats and then the donors who got us to look after the cats,” Ms Vesk said.
She estimates that the thieves got away with $150 from the contents of the collection box.
Police charged a man for the alledged theft on Tuesday afternoon, August 31.
On Saturday August 22, CCTV footage showed the male entering the store with a woman and two children.
The woman and the two children were shown to where the cats are kept upstairs
At 2:45pm, the male alledgedly took the tin from the store’s counter.
The group left the store shortly after.
Ms Vesk said the theft was particularly disheartening because the no-kill shelter largely survives on the generous donations from members of the community.
But Ms Vesk said she was reminded of the generosity of spirit in the local inner west community over the weekend, after Ten News showed CCTV footage of the incident.
“We have been compensated for the loss. People have shown this amazing spirit, which makes everyone feel good. How lovely people are, what a great community, saying they came in a bought their cat food from us, because they wanted to support us, and being very kind,” she told City Hub.
“It is humbling and uplifting at the same time. We have a great community in the inner west. Cat protection has a great community of friends and supporters. One person being completely horrible just can’t take that away from us.”
The cat shelter is the only one of its kind in NSW which vows not to kill, and supports cats with no one to look after them.
They have existed since 1958 and moved to the Enmore Road site in 1978.
Being a no-kill shelter, the society must pay for life long vet bills and expenses of the animals.
Ms Vesk said the shelter was important for the local community, and was extremely thankful for the gratitude shown.
The shelters works with local councils and vets around cat issues, including a program of discount desexing and working with people in crisis to care for their cats.
“If there is any cat that needs surgery or special attention, we give it to them,” she said.
“We are the only place which is just for cats, we have a lot of expertise with cats, and we are overwhelmed how lovely and kind people have been,” Ms Vesk said.