If you’ve ever volunteered or worked at an animal shelter, you know how fast supplies run out. An empty shelter is a rare sight and there are always hungry mouths to feed.
Recently, Indiana police officers took a tour through Muncie Animal Care and Services Shelter. There, they learned the facility was running very low on supplies to care for over 350 cats and kittens, with more coming in every day. So the officers decided to do something about it — and they knew the perfect way to help.
In a video uploaded to Facebook, the Muncie Police Department announced they were partnering with the shelter in a unique promotion running July 15 through July 19. Officer Jamie Brown explained that anyone with a $25 parking ticket — with the exception of handicap parking violations and violations required to run through the court system or state — could pay it off by donating $25 worth of cat care supplies to the Clerk’s Office, which would be taken to the shelter.
And in those few days, the public came through in droves. At the end of that week, the department shared photos on Twitter and Facebook of the shelter’s supply room filled with cat and kitten food, treats, litter, and beds and blankets.
“This room was almost empty before we started,” they wrote. “Most of the folks that donated didn’t even have parking tickets.”
While the parking ticket promotion is over, Muncie police reminded locals that the shelter could always use more donations. But they’ll have plenty in the meantime to ensure their cats have what they need.
“I don’t know if the police department plans on doing this again, but we’re incredibly grateful to them and the community. Their response was overwhelming,” said Ashley Honeycutt, the shelter’s office manager.
This is such a fantastic idea! Hopefully, more police departments and other agencies around the country follow suit to help shelters in their time of need. So many animals need loving homes and good care before they find them.
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