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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the old saying goes. In this case, thousands of dollars of people’s spare change became Rick Snyder’s $21,495 donation to the Gulf Shore Animal League.
"I’ve always liked animals. I’ve been taking care of feral cats for years and I started noticing a lot of change laying around," Snyder said. "So I started picking it up and keeping track of it."
Snyder would go around at car washes and dig change out of vacuums and vending machines during his daily walks to care for feral cats in the area. He goes out around 4:30 a.m. every day and spends about four hours on those trips.
He’s done that for more than 10 years, finding an average of $5.60 in change per day. He said he walks between 45 and 48 miles per week.
Snyder said he also uses those trips to collect towels that have been thrown away, wash them and donate them, and he picks up plastic bottles out of the trash to take them home and recycle them.
"It astounds me how wasteful people are," Snyder said.
Volunteers from the Gulf Shore Animal League came to his residence Tuesday morning to help him gather 2,500 pounds of coins.
Gulf Shore’s main focus is taking care of cats. The volunteer organization, exclusively funded through grants and donations, adopts 250 cats per year and spays and neuters about 2,000 per year to cut down on homelessness and overpopulation.
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