Executive Director Sabine Stull called a Saturday night theft of three rolls of fencing from Animal Ark Rescue "disappointing."
"This really hurts because we are struggling as it is," Stull said Sunday of the shelter on Sacerdote Lane in Columbus.
The shelter planned to use the fencing to build an area that would give the animals more space to run.
Stull said the shelter currently has about 68 dogs and 30 cats for which it is trying to find a loving home.
Mary Underwood, a volunteer who arrived at 8 a.m. Sunday to feed the animals, discovered the theft.
"I just could not believe it," she said. "It is discour
aging. People take stuff just because they can."
She said the thieves took about 300-400 feet of fencing that had been donated. It was left covered up outside.
Animal Ark Rescue was in the process of trying to raise about $2,800 to get the fencing installed.
Only about $500 of that has been raised.
Stull said that the thieves did not get away with all of the fencing.
"We will still be able to build," she said.
Stull said the shelter opened in 2011 and this is the first year at this location, which is the former home to the Muscogee County Humane Society.