Pokemon GO Used by Animal Shelter to Find Volunteer Dog Walkers

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Pokemon GO continues to be a force for good, as Muncie Animal Shelter encourages gamers to take a dog with them as they head out on their Pokemon adventures.

Niantic Inc.’s latest Pokemon-themed app is proving to be a force for good, as Muncie Animal Shelter takes advantage of the Pokemon GO‘s current wave of hype in order to get its dogs the walks they need.

Pokemon GO has taken the world by storm, getting gamers everywhere outside and searching for their favorite creatures everywhere they go. But it’s not just humans that can benefit from the added exercise, a notion that Muncie Animal Shelter, Indiana is eager to promote, as the organization encourages Pokemon fans to come in and collect a canine friend while they make their rounds of the local PokeStops.

“The exercise and stimulation for the dogs is the first priority,” Muncie Animal Shelter director Phil Peckinpaugh told BuzzFeed. “If we can get volunteers and adoptions, that’s been the number one goal. Always.”

The Twitter post was posted with the hashtags #CatchEmAll and #AdoptEmAll, suggesting that the shelter hopes that players will enjoy the walk so much that they’ll end up bringing home more than just a new Pokemon at the end of the day.

It’s certainly a good cause and the animal shelter is helping further prove that Pokemon GO is breaking the often solitary nature of gaming in more ways that one. All over the world, trainers are coming together to collect and battle many of the original 151 creatures in their home towns and cities, something that Pokemon fans have dreamed of since the series’ debut 20 years ago.

This isn’t the only way that Pokemon GO has helped out with the community either, with another recent example being the time that the AR game helped catch an attempted murderer. What’s more, the Pokemon-themed app also helped expose a cheating boyfriend, something that occured when a girl saw that the location of her partner’s recent catches occured at his ex’s house.

Reaching over 21 million active users daily, Pokemon GO has recently overtaken Candy Crush as the biggest mobile game. This incredible fanbase is unprecedented from a mobile title and is likely the reason that Niantic’s servers are unable to keep up with demand. It should also be pointed out that this number is growing all the time, as Pokemon GO continues to release across the globe.

Will any of you Indiana-based gamers be willing to take the Muncie Animal Shelter up on their offer?

Pokemon GO is available now on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Source: BuzzFeed