There’s a new app you may have heard of, called “Pokémon Go,” that’s got teenagers (and adults) even more addicted to their phones than they already are. Now, an Indiana Dog Shelter is taking advantage of our addiction, asking players to help walk dogs as they play.
Pokémon originated in Japan – first as a card game, then a popular TV show. Players buy packs of cards, each featuring a picture of mystical creatures collectively called “Pokémon.” The fantastical animals have their own powers and strengths, and players “battle” each other by throwing down their cards.
Now to explain the app. Pokémon Go is an “augmented reality” video game, which overlays the game onto the players’ real-life surroundings. As the player moves through their environment – down the street, in the grocery store, or even at home – various Pokémon appear, which players must catch.
The game encourages walking, which is where the dog shelter comes in.
The Muncie Animal Shelter, in Muncie, Indiana, posed a challenge to local residents: help exercise a dog while you play the game. From the shelter’s Facebook page:
“Trying to hatch an egg or catch rare Pokémon? Come 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 Pokémon dogs!”
If more animal shelters had ideas like this, the world would be a better place – especially for our furry friends without a home.
The post has already garnered 6,000 shares, according to Fox 11 News Los Angeles. So check out the Muncie Animal Shelter’s Facebook page, and share the post with your friends; maybe the idea will catch on in your hometown! Are you in Muncie, Indiana? Leave us a comment below, and tell us if you’ve participated!
Story originally from Fox 11 News Los Angeles:
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