- An animal shelter in Quebec began today's morning with some terrible news: the money inside two of its donation boxes were stolen during the night of December 15, 2019. And the thief was caught on camera.
- It seems the holiday season isn't a time for giving in everyone's eyes...
- Get all the details about this saddening occurrence below.
The holidays are typically known as a time for giving, but apparently not for everyone. While some people spend this season volunteering, it's also a common time for stealing. And so, as it goes every year, some Grinches around us seem to be missing a whole lot of empathy while Christmas rolls around. I'd personally like to give the 2019 Grinch title to the thief who was caught on camera stealing from the donation box at La Société protectrice des animaux (SPA) de Québec, an animal shelter.
According to L'actualité, the entire amount that the thief managed to steal is uncertain, but it was definitely at least a few hundred dollars. The shelter's security alarm is said to have gone off around 11:40 p.m. Sunday night, and everything was caught on camera.
And to make matters worse, it wasn't just the contents inside one of the donation boxes that was stolen - it was of two.
The manager explained that the donations given to the SPA de Québec are used to support the animals that come into the shelter, which ranges from sterilizing them to helping them get adopted. The shelter was also in the midst of raising money to help with renovations for the grounds.
The photos exposing the thief going into the shelter and stealing money last night were released to the public on the SPA de Québec's Facebook page this morning.
Translation: "An unethical individual entered the SPA last night to steal the contents of the donation boxes. This person will have quite a surprise: our premises are constantly monitored by a camera. We're waiting for the police to visit. In the middle of a fundraising campaign and in a more difficult moment... we are deeply saddened this morning!"
Many people have left comments under the SPA de Québec's post saying that they have left donations, that they are extremely sad or angry at the situation, and they thank the organization for all that it does for animals.
Some went into serious detail about how unethical it was for the thief to steal from an animal shelter... And mentioning that there are many other ways to make money rather than stealing.
Although we are sure that the police have been made aware of the situation, nothing has yet been mentioned about having caught the thief.
Because of this, some people in the page's Facebook comments are giving the SPA de Québec advice on ways to uncover who the thief is, with extreme hope that they will be caught and rightfully persecuted.
Reading through the 300+ comments where people spoke out against this injustice truly warmed my heart. While, of course, there are bad people in the world, there are also so, so many good people. This should never be forgotten.
If this sad story has touched your heart, you can help the SPA de Québec by donating here! Donations of $20 and over get an official receipt that can be used for a charitable donations tax credit.
Happy holidays to everyone - except this thief, because stealing from a nonprofit organization that's aim is to help animals have a second chance at life is... terrible.