Get outside by playing Pokémon Go and walking shelter dogs

By July 13, 2016Life
Phil Peckinpaugh and shelter dog Winston catching a Squirtle.

At Swiftwick, we embrace and encourage doing what moves you- whatever that activity may be! Pokémon Go has been taking the world by storm, and the feedback on this augmented reality game has been both good and back. The obvious good is that more and more people are getting outside and active. But Muncie Animal Shelter has found another great use for this viral game.

If you’ve been outside at all the past week, you’ve probably noticed tweens, teens and full-grown adults walking all over the place, iPhones in the air, trying to catch Pokémon through the Pokémon Go app. Muncie Animal Shelter has jumped on the trend and is encouraging Poké trainers to come walk adoptable dogs while trying to catch ’em all. 

“The idea is that they take the dog on kind of an adventure for the day,” Phil Peckinpaugh, shelter director, told The Huffington Post.

Peckinpaugh, who said both his nephew and daughter play the game, got the idea after noticing “droves” of people all over the city of Muncie hunting Pokemon with their games.

“It would be great if every one of those individuals had one of our dogs with them,” he said. He teamed up with Sam Wiser, an intern in the mayor’s office, and she created the volunteer ad that’s since gone viral on Facebook.

Read more from The Huffington Post here.