Indiana police let people to pay off tickets with cat supplies for struggling shelter

No one likes having to pay off a police ticket. But in one Indiana city, you can now pay off your ticket in a special way, one that might just do some good for some animals in need.

On July 8, a few officers from the Muncie Police Department took a tour of the Muncie Animal Care and Services Shelter, which currently shelters over 350 cats.

Today a couple of our officers got a tour of Muncie Animal Care & Services. Did you know that they currently have over…

Posted by Muncie Police Department on Monday, July 8, 2019

However, they realized the shelter was in serious need of supplies. The shelter was left with an abundance of young kittens after spring.

The officers decided to find a way to help their local shelter, and decided to form a very clever partnership to raise supplies.

In a live Facebook video from July 15, the department announced that, for a limited time, locals could pay off their police tickets by donating cat supplies of equal value.

“If you have a $25 parking ticket, you can bring up to $25 worth of cat food or litter to the Clerk’s Office, and you can get your parking ticket to go away with the exchange of the donation,” Officer Jamie Brown says in the video.

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 promotion lasted just a few days, from July 15-19, but apparently, plenty of people took them up on the deal. If you gotta pay up to the law, you might as well help some cats while you’re at it, right?

Soon, the shelter was receiving stacks of food and supplies for their cats. But even more inspiring, most of it was just straight donations from people without police tickets.

“Most of these people didn’t even have a parking ticket,” the Muncie Police Department wrote on Twitter:

The ticket deal was a big success.

“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,” Ashley Honeycutt, the shelter’s office manager, told CNN.

But whether or not you have some overdue parking tickets, it’s a reminder that animal shelters are always in need of a little help from their community. You can always donate… or even better, adopt.


Posted by Muncie Animal Care & Services on Tuesday, July 30, 2019