In July 2019, Muncie Animal Care & Services in Indiana received a huge number of cats. They had over 350 cats and kittens in their shelter, and they were having trouble feeding them all. And so, they reached out to the Muncie Police Department and asked for help.
The police department came up with a great idea. They decided to allow people to pay off their parking tickets by donating cat food, cat litter, blankets, and toys to the shelter!
Muncie Animal Care & Services announced the program on their Facebook page. They wrote:
“MACS has partnered with the Muncie Police Department with a wonderful program that allows people who have parking tickets to pay their tickets with cat/kitten food, litter, wet/pate canned food, beds, blankets, etc. in lieu of paying with money…. We’re in dire need of supplies for the large volume of cats/kittens being cared for here at MACS, and they keep pouring in our doors. We are incredibly grateful for the the support we receive from the community, and this is such a wonderful opportunity to help your local shelter.”
The Muncie Police Department also shared news about the program on their Twitter page. Hundreds of people liked and retweeted the tweet—everyone loved this idea!
Pay your parking tickets in cat food!
Until Friday the 19th at 4 PM we are allowing folks to pay their parking tickets in cat food, kitten food, or kitty litter! Bring a donation in the amount of your ticket. The @MuncieACS is overrun with cats and kittens. We want to help! pic.twitter.com/mtwYzLdlCs
— Muncie Police (@MunciePolice) July 15, 2019
The police department also said that they would drive to people’s houses to pick up the items if they were unable to go to the shelter themselves. The police department was determined to help the shelter’s cats any way they could!
In a video, a shelter worker and police officer talked about all the different ways people could help the shelter cats.
Pay your parking tickets in cat food! The Muncie Animal Care & Services needs your help!
Posted by Muncie Police Department on Monday, July 15, 2019
The program ended up being a huge success! People throughout Muncie donated wet and dry cat food to the shelter. Many of these people didn’t even have parking tickets—they just wanted to help out the shelter.
The Muncie Police Department shared photos of all the donated items on their Twitter page. They had piles and piles of food for the cats and kittens.
Since Muncie Animal Care & Services was getting so much publicity, they decided to share photos of some of their cats and dogs who were having trouble finding homes. This includes a sweet black cat named Boo who had lost his teeth.
Muncie Animal Care & Services also shared a cute photo of a three-year-old cat named Levi.
“His face says grumpy, but Levi is 10 lbs of love! He is 3 years old, neutered, combo tested -, current on vaccines, and patiently waiting for his forever home!! Share his mean mug!” Muncie Animal Care & Services wrote on Twitter.
Through their partnership program, Muncie Animal Care & Services and the Muncie Police Department were able to get tons of food for cats in need! If you’d like to learn more about Muncie Animal Care & Services, check out their Facebook page.
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