It’s no secret that every business out there is looking for a way to cash in on the sudden and immense success of the Pokémon Go revolution. I personally loved hearing about the little girl who, after realizing there was a Pokéstop by her house, set up a snack stand and wound up raking it in, but this story about a Muncie, Indiana animal shelter is pretty amazing too.
The director of the Muncie Animal Shelter, Phil Peckinpaugh, noticed people traipsing all over the city and saw an opportunity to do something nice for both humans and his dogs (sidenote, Peckinpaugh is an amazing name for the director of an animal shelter). On Facebook, the shelter put up an ad stating: “Trying to hatch an egg or catch rare Pokemon? 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!”
Basically, you can get your exercise, have fun, and help a needy dog do the same! I – and everyone else who shared this post – think that’s a win for everyone.
Here are pictures of some of the hundreds of volunteers who have shown up, along with their new canine friends!
The fabulous Phil Peckinpaugh himself!
In fact, lines and lines of people have come to walk the dogs and play Pokemon Go. As the shelter director points out, this has a double impact on the life of the dogs. He told Buzzfeed:
“There are people walking dogs [right now], posting pics on their Instagrams and social media. That exposure for the dogs is really quite epic.”
Some doggies seem to be able to sense where the Pokémon are hiding…
While others are happy having no clue.
But every dog lover knows that doggie personalities come in all shapes and sizes, and you only have to look to find your perfect match!
And, of course, the crux of any good story…it spawned a meme.
Happy hunting, and, if you want to more information about the animals available at the Muncie shelter, please check out their Facebook page!