Every now and again there is a good news story takes you completely by surprise; this is that story. Parking fines are often known as being “revenue raisers” that are sometimes administered unfairly. Which may be so, but this town altered the payment rules for a very special cause.
Rather than paying parking fines in cash, people were able to pay by donating much-needed items to a local animal shelter. People were able to see their money being used to help a good cause; rather than, maybe, benefiting them indirectly through infrastructure projects—or just lining the pockets of the wealthy. This was an excellent collaborative community initiative that helped poor little kitties.
Muncie Animal Care & Services posted this on their Facebook page:
"Got parking tickets?? Want to help the 350+ cats/kittens currently being cared for at Muncie Animal Care and Services? 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. You may bring your supplies to the Chiefs office located at City Hall, or directly to the shelter located at 901 W. Riggin Rd. Muncie, IN 47303. 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. Thank you to the Muncie Police Department for putting this together!!
It's such a cute idea!
Pay your parking tickets in cat food!— Muncie Police (@MunciePolice) July 15, 2019
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
Here's the video that the Muncie Police Department Posted:
"Puur-tect and serve"
This is a lovely extension of the Protect and Serve motto. Thank you for thinking outside the (litter) box. pic.twitter.com/M5HH9Aqjse— Pamela Ives (@pampire13) July 15, 2019
It was effective!
A lot of people have donated cat food and litter this week! Most of these people didn't even have a parking ticket 😬. @MuncieACS can always use pet supplies! We are glad this this week’s unique promotion helped spread the word! Thanks Muncie!#petsofinstagram #Muncie pic.twitter.com/GWvtmKMraR— Muncie Police (@MunciePolice) July 19, 2019
The shelter posted a list of items they desperately need:
We are in need of:— Muncie Animal Care (@MuncieACS) July 18, 2019
Small blankets for cat cages
Cages (ANY SIZES)
Wet food (dog and cat)
They even got on board with the Area 51 memes!
We wish people would storm our shelter 🙁 https://t.co/9iDtyoTtwY— Muncie Animal Care (@MuncieACS) July 21, 2019
The shelter also needs fosters!
If you live nearby and have the means to help out; please do!
Summer is our absolute busiest season. More animals means more seriously injured and sick animals coming in, in urgent need of help. We have several animals needing fosters, and have a few that will be needing surgery. We are in need of fosters, DIRELY! pic.twitter.com/KjppbhkvpA— Muncie Animal Care (@MuncieACS) July 21, 2019
Check out some of the adorable cats they have up for adoption!
Levi's picture looks a little like a mugshot; maybe he didn't pay his parking fines?
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! #adopt #sheltercat #meanmug pic.twitter.com/qOQVR052e5— Muncie Animal Care (@MuncieACS) July 20, 2019
Look at Boo!
Boo says goodmorning! He’s still looking for his forever home!! pic.twitter.com/x2tOm4rwK2— Muncie Animal Care (@MuncieACS) July 18, 2019
Sheba finally got adopted!
Today is a happy day for one of our longest feline residents. Sheba, who came from a house fire just over a year ago, was adopted today!! pic.twitter.com/8swCrj56Xm— Muncie Animal Care (@MuncieACS) July 13, 2019
Look how cute Journey is!
If you’re looking for a sweet new kitty to add to your home Journey could be the one for you!!— Muncie Animal Care (@MuncieACS) April 7, 2019
Journey is a 2 yr old, spayed domestic short hair, current on all vaccines, combo tested negative, weighing 7.2 lbs!
😻 LOOK AT THAT CUTE FACE😻 pic.twitter.com/IBSrS5xkgk
Thanks @MuncieACS for giving our officers a tour of your facility today! Did you know they currently have 350 cats/kittens needing homes?— Muncie Police (@MunciePolice) July 8, 2019
Sgt. Mace quickly volunteered to be in the picture with these cats. Sgt Mace is known to love cats! #CatsOfTwitter #catsoftheday #Cat pic.twitter.com/fELh2xkfuE
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