Days before a Branford animal shelter’s biggest fundraiser of the year, $1,500 in donations collected since March were stolen from a volunteer.
Woofstock is just three days away and Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter volunteers are now scrambling to make sure the event, which attracts thousands, is still a success.
Tuesday, a volunteer left hundreds of dollars in gift cards in a box on her front step on Hopson Avenue. An employee from Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter came by to pick up the donations, but the box was gone.
“That’s what makes this so sad is that this is for homeless animals,” Laura Burban said. “We want to save them and find them new loving homes, but we need the funding.”
The hearts of volunteers were shattered at the thought someone would steal from them.
“It’s very sad that people would do that, but on the other side, people will also step forward,” volunteer Sue Kornguth said.
As police investigate, Branford and towns from around the state are pitching in with donations to help the shelter. Premier Subaru wrote a check for $1,500 and a neighbor gave $1,000 out of his own pocket. Volunteers met Wednesday to tally up the donations.
“It’s amazing, our community is absolutely amazing and the communities surrounding us are too,” Burban added.
“The animals really need us because they don’t have a voice – we’re their voice,” Kornguth said. “They bring us so much joy.”