An animal shelter is appealing to people who play Pokemon Go to take part in the virtual scavenger hunt while walking adoptable dogs. So far, it’s been a huge success!

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Image: Muncie Animal Shelter

(TrueActivistIf you’ve taken a stroll through your city’s streets lately, chances are you’ve come across hoards of people sitting in groups, staring at their phones.

In case you didn’t know what the cause of this is, it’s an app called Pokemon Go that lets people search and collect virtual characters from the Pokemon show in their neighborhood, using their phone screen to spot the creatures.

Not only has the game brought many diverse types of people together, it’s inspiring a large percent of the public who utilizes the app to get more active.

The app hasn’t even been out for a week, but it’s become a sensation. So much so, the Muncie Animal Shelterdecided to recruit players of Pokemon Go to walk shelter dogs as they take part in the virtual scavenger hunt.

This Dogs Life reports that the founder of shelter in Indiana, Phil Peckinpaugh, was inspired to launch the collaboration between shelter dogs and Pokemon Go players when he played the game with his 6-year-old daughter. The day after, he thought:

“It would be amazing if we could pair all of these people with shelter dogs!”

Shortly after the idea was announced on the shelter’s Facebook page, the post garnered more than 18k shares and 5.3k likes. And, within one day, there were more than 50 people coming into the shelter to walk dogs, says Peckinpaugh. So far, the experience has been great for everyone involved.

If anyone desires to use their Pokemon Go app skills for a noble cause, they can visit the shelter between 10 am and 5:30 pm and volunteer to walk the dogs.

Just come to the front desk and say you are here for the Pokémon dogs!” says Peckinpaugh.

Pokemon Go

Image: Muncie Animal Shelter

Imagine if all animal shelters launched similar initiatives! Please comment your thoughts below and share this news!

This article (This Clever Shelter Enlists Pokemon Go Players to Walk Its Adoptable Dogs) by Amanda Froelich originally appeared on and is licensed Creative Commons. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Chad Miller