Peterborough Cats Protection says it is “absolutely overwhelmed” after more than £3,500 was raised by the public following the theft of all its food.
The charity’s stock until Christmas was all taken in the theft which was discovered at a storage unit on Saturday morning (August 19) by a fosterer.
Spokeswoman Sheridan Gaunt said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support of the community. It has restored our faith in people.
“I can’t begin to tell you how devastated we were. Who steals from a charity? It’s disgusting.
“There were tears on Saturday. We are voluntary-run, and to have a blow like that was heartbreaking.
“It was well over £1,000 on food. Some of it was specific for kittens that had a dreadful start in life.
“We make sure cats and kittens are fed the very best to make sure they gain weight.
“Everything we raise goes directly to the cats.”
Donations can be made through a JustGiving page set up following the theft: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/catsprotectionfoodcrisisappeal.
A Cambridgeshire police spokeswoman said more than £2,500 of cat food was taken between 6pm on Friday, August 18 and 11am on Saturday, August 19.
She added: “Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference CF0476260817 or visit www.contactcambspolice.uk/report. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”