Katie Krouse was leading the effort to save the parakeets when she noticed someone had gotten into her vehicle and swiped her purse.
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She was carrying more than $1,000.
Krouse told ABC13 she works several jobs and doesn't take money as the director of the non-profit animal rescue.
When word got out about the theft, someone paid kindness forward.
She said the extra money is going to the animal rescue group. The group believes the parakeets they rescued from the wild were dumped by a pet shop or an animal hoarder.