Community rallies around animal rescue after series of break-ins

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A Savannah pet rescue is recovering from a series of break-ins that wiped out their supply of pet food and other necessities.

On March 22, a Renegade Paws Rescue volunteer arrived at the office to find a broken lock and empty storage bins. Staff estimate that a few thousand dollars worth of supplies were taken/

“It hurts a little to know that we are working very hard to give back to the community,” said volunteer Rachel Weymouth. “For someone to come and take and not engage with us, not let us be able to help them and really take other people in need at that time, it kind of hurts to know that would happen.”

The non-profit Pet Rescue relies on donations and maintains a steady supply of pet food for their dogs and foster families. Staff said it was not the first time they had been robbed in recent weeks. But after the March 22 incident, they knew they had to turn to the community for help.

“That last channel when people were filling bins with food, we felt like we had to let our community know what was going on and we really didn’t expect such an incredible response from the community” , Weymouth said.

A Facebook post generated an overwhelming response. People have shown up with pet food, puppy pads, cash donations and even safety tips.

There are now new locks, new lights and security cameras to help keep thieves away. But the rescue doesn’t want to discourage people from turning to them for help.

“We’re here for the community and we really want to help out,” Weymouth said. “We’re really open, we don’t judge and we just want you to come to us and spread the wealth and we can all rise together.”

To continue the effort to fill the Renegade supply shed, the “Smokin’ Butts for Mutts” fundraiser is taking place on Saturday, April 23. It starts at 2 p.m. at Cheers To You on Wilmington Island.

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