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Hope for Wildlife founder says public support after theft is 'heartwarming'

'One negative action has brought forward thousands of positive reactions and you really need to look at that side of things,' says Hope Swinimer
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(Photo: Hope for Wildlife/Facebook)

As police continue investigating a break and enter at a wildlife rehabilitation organization in Seaforth, the founder of the charity says the public's response has been "heartwarming."

Halifax District RCMP say thieves forced their way into the facility sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

None of the animals were harmed or taken, however founder of Hope for Wildlife, Hope Swinimer, says about $1,000 went missing last week and another $1,500 dollars worth of damage was done to its door. 

She says donations in response to the theft have more than covered what was stolen. 

"We are definitely above where we were before," she says. "One negative action has brought forward thousands of positive reactions and you really need to look at that side of things."

Swinimer says she was particularly in awe at how fast Atlantic Superstore stepped up to the plate to help. 

She says all of the Atlantic Superstore locations in Halifax immediately put out donation jars to recover the stolen money. 

"They called us as soon as they heard and for two straight days they collected money on our behalf," she says. "They are stopping by Wednesday at 3 p.m. to present a cheque and I have no idea how much it is so it will be pretty exciting."

Swinimer says donations are critical to the existence of the centre and the loss of one thousand dollars was a big hit. 

"Most wildlife rehabilitation centres across Canada and the U.S. are private organizations and are not government funded," she says. "It is really hard to make ends meet and we basically live off of the five or ten dollar donation someone drops off when they come to visit."

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020 or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers.

Katie Hartai

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In addition to being a reporter for NEWS 95.7 and, Katie is the producer of The Rick Howe Show
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