Paying parking fines are a nightmare. We've all been there - you were only parked in your spot for five minutes, you were just running into the store to use the restroom, your kids were giving you an ear full so you didn't even notice that you weren't supposed to park in that spot... and you're hit with a fine. Where does the money go anyway? Whose well-greased pockets do your hard earn dimes go into?
Well, the people of Indiana's parking fines don't have to go to "The Man" anymore - their money will go towards helping to feed abandoned kitties if they want it to!
I sure wouldn't mind paying a parking fine half as much if I knew that it was going to fill the belly of a poor defenseless cat that had been left on the side of the road.
This might be the cutest story you read today. Here's what's going on and how it's all going to work...
So where's this cat food going to?
Muncie Animal Care & Service is a government-run shelter.
Asking people to donate sometimes isn't enough...The team at Muncie Animal Care do as much as they can with their limited budget to give cats the support that they need, but it's not easy.
Social media has been a blessing to Muncie Animal Services.
We are in dire need of volunteers to help us with our cats today!! If you have even an hour free, it would help tre… https://t.co/8L4itk8dAr— Muncie Animal Care & Services (@Muncie Animal Care & Services)1563379551.0
Social media has also helped lost dogs and cats find their way home.
Do you know us?? Found running near E 27th St. We are very friendly and well behaved and want to go home! https://t.co/3kml4a9gdM— Muncie Animal Care & Services (@Muncie Animal Care & Services)1563378593.0
Not only did this pup get lost, but she might be pregnant too!
Found near Luick Ave early this morning, came in wearing these clothes! Friendly, possibly pregnant? Obviously well… https://t.co/FEDC6ii5Es— Muncie Animal Care & Services (@Muncie Animal Care & Services)1563118748.0
A happy ending?
Owner has been found!! https://t.co/Dz9ZHW2l7D— Muncie Animal Care & Services (@Muncie Animal Care & Services)1563152273.0
The team at Muncie also uses social media to warn and educate pet owners.
PSA: If your dog is left outside during the dangerously high temperatures during the heat advisory/excessive heat w… https://t.co/gHyxxnNG4I— Muncie Animal Care & Services (@Muncie Animal Care & Services)1563468436.0
Does anyone want to adopt a kitty cat?
Today is a happy day for one of our longest feline residents. Sheba, who came from a house fire just over a year ag… https://t.co/D0qEQtjwcY— Muncie Animal Care & Services (@Muncie Animal Care & Services)1563040695.0
Meet Boo! He is a very handsome man! He is quite hefty weighing a whopping 13 lbs! He was very scared and sick upon… https://t.co/mgym9ybdVb— Muncie Animal Care & Services (@Muncie Animal Care & Services)1563364732.0
I don't like getting my photo taken either, Boo!
We must admit Boo is not the most photogenic cat we’ve ever had, but he still deserves the best home possible!! Ple… https://t.co/d2Wnwm6FSt— Muncie Animal Care & Services (@Muncie Animal Care & Services)1563364740.0
Boo was fostered!
Boo is leaving for his foster today! But we have SEVERAL other kitties like him that are in dire need of fosters!!… https://t.co/LfRlehNYVQ— Muncie Animal Care & Services (@Muncie Animal Care & Services)1563538265.0
So what happened with the parking ticket/cat food switcheroo?
The Muncie team took to social media to source supplies.
We are down to less than 3 bags of cat food.... we have over 300 cats to feed, every single day. Please help us by… https://t.co/RFxswadMlU— Muncie Animal Care & Services (@Muncie Animal Care & Services)1562253353.0
Three days later, the police department came for a visit.
Thanks @MuncieACS for giving our officers a tour of your facility today! Did you know they currently have 350 cats/… https://t.co/W5Cw2bVPCM— Muncie Police (@Muncie Police)1562603146.0
Calling out to the people of Muncie, Indiana...
Pay your parking tickets in cat food! Until Friday the 19th at 4 PM we are allowing folks to pay their parking tic… https://t.co/QJXp5ixf38— Muncie Police (@Muncie Police)1563203090.0
Word spread quickly and the cat food flooded in!
A lot of people have donated cat food and litter this week! Most of these people didn't even have a parking ticket… https://t.co/8Rp4RMScxX— Muncie Police (@Muncie Police)1563550027.0
Could you say no to this angel baby?
Got an hour to spare in the Indiana area?
We could really use some people to help us in cats today, we’re so short staffed right now. Even an hour of your time would help so much!— m c k a y l a (@m c k a y l a)1563288136.0