The Animal Rescue Organisation is losing out on hundreds of rands in donations due to collection tins, being stolen from shop counters or individuals posing as staff members and removing tins.
A snapshot of a suspected thief, who has been seen in the Helderberg area is on file and has been given to all shop managers in the vicinity. We have over a thousand tins situated on shop counters in and around the Cape Metropole, and they bring in over R12 000 per month, this is a significant amount and one which assists ARO greatly.
Despite the recent thefts, members of public wanting to donate / place money in the tins should not hesitate, we are keeping a close eye on all our tins and it is now compulsory that each tin is secured to the shop counter by chain and only persons with an ID card may collect a tin.
I am not posting this article to put the public off donating via our collection tins, as it is a vital part of our monthly income, however, we are appealing to all shop owners and employees to be more vigilant. Shop owners and employees are to request identification from the person removing a tin, especially if they do not provide a replacement tin.
I would like to thank all the outlets that allow us to place our collection tins on their counters, it is greatly appreciated, and all the small change is making a BIG difference.
If you have any further information or to request a collection tin be placed in your shop, kindly contact the Animal Rescue Organisation on 021 396 5511.
Until next time