Restaurant receives an odd request from animal shelter after they run out of cat carriers

With the help of the restaurant, 205 felines found new homes
July 21, 2018 5:24 pm Last Updated: July 21, 2018 5:29 pm

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care and Control recently encountered an issue that had them asking the community to come to the shelter.

According to WBTV, the North Carolina animal shelter was at capacity and needed people to adopt the kittens and cats they were housing.

The residents responded and soon there was another issue—the shelter had no more temporary cardboard cat carriers.

We are Purrty excited about today's huge crowd who came to adopt cats and kittens! We are so thankful and grateful that…

Posted by CMPD Animal Care and Control on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

“We called the company we order them from and because they don’t keep them here in Charlotte they said they can’t get them to us until late next week,” Melissa Knicely, the spokesperson for CMPD Animal Care and Control, told WBTV.

But the animal shelter needed boxes now, and without a carrier, kittens couldn’t be safely transported to their new homes.

So, Knicely acted on an idea she had for some time.

She called Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits, a fast food chain with its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I’ve always thought of the tailgate boxes from Bojangles’, and I always remark how much they look like cat carriers,” she said.

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Bojangles’ delivered.

A representative from the chain showed up to the shelter with dozens upon dozens of the company’s tailgate boxes.

Bojangles Boxes

We've had over 133 adoption since Saturday (thank you adopters!) and we ended up running out of boxes to send kitties home. SHOUT OUT to Bojangles' for coming to the rescue. Thank you for donating your boxes to the cause! Our adopted kitties are now going home in true Bo-style.

Posted by CMPD Animal Care and Control on Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ten days after the animal shelter first asked the community to step up, they have placed 205 cats and kittens.

In May they found 130 felines new home, and in June, 183 furry friends found their forever homes.

Hey, Sir Purr, could you fit in a Bojangles' Box?Adoption update: We have placed 205 felines into new homes in the…

Posted by CMPD Animal Care and Control on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

According to the ASPCA, every year approximately 3.2 million cats enter an animal shelter in the U.S., and while that number is alarming, it’s estimated the number has declined since 2011.

Of the estimated 3.2 million cats that see the inside of a shelter, about 1.6 million cats are adopted.

With 27 adoptions yesterday, the Bojangles' boxes are heading out with the kittens. If your adopted kitten loves the…

Posted by CMPD Animal Care and Control on Sunday, July 15, 2018

“SHOUT OUT to Bojangles’ for coming to the rescue,” the animal shelter wrote on Facebook. “Thank you for donating your boxes to the cause! Our adopted kitties are now going home in true Bo-style.”