The Muncie Animal Rescue Centre, Indiana, USA, made the announcement via its Facebook page. The post read:
"We've partnered with the Muncie Police Department with a wonderful program that allows people who have parking tickets to pay their tickets with cat/kitten food, litter, wet/pate canned food, beds, blankets, etc. in lieu of paying with money.”
These cats need help
The centre looks after 350 cats and kittens every day, and supplies are running low.
"We’re in dire need of supplies for the large volume of cats/kittens being cared for, and they keep pouring in our doors,” read another post. “We are incredibly grateful for the support we receive from the community, and this is such a wonderful opportunity to help your local shelter.”
The programme ends at 4 pm this Friday. Those with a parking ticket must present it at the police station, along with the donated kitty goodies. There's only one catch: the dollar value of the donated cat treats must match the original fine!
Jami Brown is an officer at the Muncie Police Department. She visited the cat shelter and recorded a short video calling for help from local residents. She said:
“They need paper towels, litter and food. The need is there.”
The idea may have been inspired by a similar programme in Las Vegas, where people could pay for parking fines by donating to a local school.
Let's bring this to UK shores
As of yet, no UK councils or police forces are offering the same kind of service, but let's hope they catch on soon. After all, we’ve got plenty of cats who need our help, and any way of dodging a parking fine is going to get a big thumbs up from the British public!
Pay your parking tickets in cat food!— Muncie Police (@MunciePolice) July 15, 2019
Until Friday the 19th at 4 PM we are allowing folks to pay their parking tickets in cat food, kitten food, or kitty litter! Bring a donation in the amount of your ticket. The @MuncieACS is overrun with cats and kittens. We want to help! pic.twitter.com/mtwYzLdlCs