A Shelter in Indiana Encourages “Pokemon Go” Players to Walk Their Dogs!
20 July, 2016
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or out of the country, “Pokemon Go” is off the charts popular. There have been numerous incidents in the news about the havoc and danger it’s been causing.   But, the Muncie Animal Shelter in Indiana is using “Pokemon Go” in the greatest way and came up with an ingenious plan to get players to walk their dogs while out capturing their characters.

“Pokemon Go” uses smart phones to find characters in many public places

“Pokemon Go” collects GPS information from players’ smartphones to place Pokemon in locations that are within walkable distances. Many characters are placed in public places. The augmented reality game encourages players to get up and out while they hunt for Pokemon characters and out of the house.

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The Munice Animal Shelter has a program called “Pokemon Dogs” on their Facebook page

“Trying to hatch an egg or catch rare Pokemon?” says the ad on the shelter’s Facebook page. “Come on down to the Muncie Animal Shelter to walk one of our dogs while you get your steps in! Just come to the front desk and say you are here for the Pokemon dogs!”  Just one hour after the initiative was announced, lines of children and adults appeared at the shelter volunteering to walk the dogs.

The Muncie shelter joined forces with the mayor’s office and the idea took off.

Phil Peckinpaugh, director of the shelter, said he got the idea after noticing people hunting Pokémon all over the city, so he joined forces with Sam Wiser, an intern at the mayor’s office, and together they came up with the ad that’s since been shared almost 25k times. So if you’re a fan of Pokémon go and you’re in the Muncie area then head on down to the animal shelter and choose a dog to walk!

Local shelters might just take notice and try their own Pokemon Dog game

With Clear the Shelters coming on July 23rd, there might just be a way to use “Pokemon Go” to get kids out to the shelters to choose a dog of their own, which they can then walk while playing Pokemon!

Photo credits “Washington Post” and “Muncie Animal Shelter”.

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