A non-profit animal shelter in Jackson, Mississippi, which runs on donations, was dealt a devastating blow when thieves recently broke into the shelter compound and wreaked havoc on the facility. Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) reached out to its Facebook fans on February 17 to let them know what happened, and to reassure supporters that the animals in their care were unharmed:
CARA friends and supporters, we feel the need to let our extended CARA family know that our shelter, the CARA compound, was broken into and vandalized last Tuesday night during the wee morning hours. We want you to know first and foremost that all of our animals are safe.
The trespassers broke locks off of the shelter’s storage trailer and also gained access to the photo building and office supply building. Though the thieves got through an exterior door to the shelter’s cattery, they were not able to compromise an interior door lock to access the cats. One of the shelter’s trucks was badly damaged (likely totaled) by whoever attempted to steal it and fencing which surrounds the 30,000 square foot building was ruined as well. Shelter Manager, Peggy Harrell told WJTV News, ““We had more damage to all of our fencing, and it’s almost every dog run has got holes in it where they cut and they are probably as long as I am tall.”
CARA not only has to repair and replace the many items which were destroyed, but they also want to prevent future break-ins from happening. The Facebook page about the incident explains:
Our biggest concern is for the safety of these precious animals. That is by far most important. Any material items they take, can be replaced. We are a non-profit and we struggle to even have the things needed to run a shelter of this size. Therefore, a lot of what we have is used, probably not worth much to someone like these thieves. But the lives of these babies are invaluable and we will protect them at all cost.
CARA noted what the shelter is attempting to purchase in order to keep the animals in their care safe:
We are in the process of getting quotes from alarm and surveillance companies, as what we have is ancient and really not worth much for protection. We are also getting quotes on fencing. And it’s a lot of fencing.
For an animal shelter that scrapes by under the best of circumstances, the recent situation has been a crippling blow. CARA has asked the community of help:
This is a desperate situation. We have got to get in line with other local shelters and the surveillance and alarm systems they have in place to protect their animals. We are still in the dark ages and obviously, we have got to change that. We are going to scrape from every corner we can possibly find to take this on, but we sincerely cannot do this without help from our community.
Donations to help this animal shelter can be made directly to the CARA website here.
Visit the Shelter and Cattery
Mon. – Tues. & Fri.- Sat. (12 pm – 5 pm)
Wed., Thurs. & Sun. Afternoons (By Appt.)
Address : 960 N. Flag Chapel Rd., Jackson, MS 39209
(Photos via CARA website/Facebook page and screenshot via WJTV News)