Animals

You'll Be Surprised How a Police Department Raised Money for an Animal Shelter

It's an idea that a non-profit in your community could suggest to your cops.


While paying for parking tickets doesn't exactly feel like charity, a police department in Muncie, Indiana is trying to change that. Earlier this month, the department offered residents the option to donate the money they would use for their unpaid tickets to a local animal shelter.

The department took to social media to advertise the idea, and to share information about the local shelter. Muncie Animal Care and Facilities currently houses over 350 cats and kittens, and the drive was to provide cat litter, food and other donations to help care for them. The officers even encouraged local residents to contact the police department to come pick up their donations if they could not arrange a ride to the shelter to deliver them themselves.

"The [shelter] is overrun with cats and kittens. We want to help!" the department said on their Facebook page.

In a video posted to Facebook to let people know about the fundraiser, Melissa Blair, the director of Muncie Animal Care and Services, praised the community for their continued support of the shelter.

"I've always said we're so fortunate be in the community that we live in," she said. "We have an animal-loving community, so kudos to you guys, and thank you!"

(Source: video Muncie Police Department Facebook page )

While the drive only lasted for two days, the response was overwhelming. Many residents donated, even if they didn't have parking tickets to pay. The department shared a photo of a room at the shelter that was overflowing with all of the donations they received.

Muncie Police Department Facebook page

Similar initiatives have been introduced in other areas of the country, including Las Vegas where police asked residents to provide school supplies to pay off their parking tickets, or the University of Florida's program to accept food donations as payment for parking fines.

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