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Police Let Parking Tickets To Be Paid With Donations Of Cat Food For Local Shelter

Most animal lovers agree that in a perfect world, there would be no kill shelters and safe homes for every dog, cat, hamster, and other cutie that needed one.

But it's not a perfect world and between tight budgets and the sheer number of animals in need, shelters often struggle to do what's best for our furry friends. But staff and volunteers keep doing what they can out of sheer love.

Many of these shelters rely on donations of money and supplies to keep their animals healthy.

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So it is always sad to see posts like the one Muncie Animal Care & Services in Indiana needed to share on July 4.

Alongside a photo of their nearly empty store room, they explained that they were down to fewer than three bags of food to feed the more than 300 cats currently in their care.

Many people decided to help out, but it can sometimes be hard to get the wider public involved.

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After hearing about their plea, the Muncie Police Department offered to not just help them get the word out more, but also to create a special incentive for people who might not be inclined to donate.

For one week, they would allow parking tickets to be paid with an equal value donation of cat food and supplies.

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Tickets paid the old fashioned way would also be donated to the shelter for the purchase of more supplies.

It's safe to say that the idea was popular.

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By the end of the week, that empty storeroom was packed to the ceiling and in need of a good organization system.

Besides donations from ticketed locals, the idea also succeeded in getting the word out.

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Many of the donations came from innocent residents who simply hadn't come across the shelter's plea on social media.

It was so successful that the police department hinted that they're considering other causes that could benefit from this sort of limited-time donation incentive.

It's a great idea and I'm so happy all those kitties will have what they need to thrive until homes are found for them.