Pokemon Go has been affecting a number of different business across the world, from restaurants to coffee shops. And now, one humane society has found a way to get Pokemon Go to benefit their animals.
According to a Buzzfeed article, the animal shelter is the Muncie Animal Shelter in Muncie, Indiana. You can see the Twitter post below.
A rep for the shelter told Buzzfeed news,
The idea is "to combine the new influx of people walking around the city with the shelter's need for dog walkers."
So when people come to the shelter, they can walk the dogs while they catch Pokemon and gain more steps to hatch eggs. Even though walking dogs in the past has had a very core purpose, for dogs to get their exercise and spend their energy, now it has even more of a drive to get people involved.
Pokemon Go has been sweeping across the world as one of the most current popular mobile games and it seems everywhere you look, someone is playing it. So with this new initiative, now people can still play the game while doing some good for the community.
Muncie Animal Shelter director Phil Peckinpaugh told Buzzfeed News exactly what gave him the idea.
The exercise and stimulation for the dogs is the first priority. If we can get volunteers and adoptions, that's been the number one goal. Always.
While I'm glad Pokemon Go is helping some dogs get their exercise, I'm just hoping people understand how important it is for dogs to get the interaction time with people as well. Dogs are very loyal creatures and really are man's best friend, but if someone has their nose plastered to their phone the whole time they are with the dog, then yes the dog gets exercise but misses out on the attention. I'm hoping that the release of the Pokemon Go Plus will solve some of that problem; it's supposed to allow people to get notified when a Pokemon is around so you don't have to walk around staring at your phone, risking walking into the street or running into objects. Maybe that will help people give the dogs the attention they deserve while also helping them get exercise. All in all, it's a decent idea to help encourage people to get involved with helping the animal shelter.
On the other hand, Buzzfeed reports that the Muncie Animal Shelter has had lines out the door with people looking to walk dogs and play Pokemon Go, so in a way that gives the dogs more exposure to people willing to adopt, which could mean a higher adoption rate.
Who knows, maybe more animal shelters will start adopting similar tactics and maybe you'll be able to find your perfect Pokemon Go companion.