Pokemon Fanatics Gets The Opportunity To Walk The Dogs!
14 Jul 2016
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Walk and catch them all!! Pokémon Go has practically taken over all gaming fanatics. To make the most of this craze, an animal shelter located in Muncie, Indiana, decided to cash this obsession and have asked the Pokémon Go players to volunteer to walk the dogs. The shelter has requested the volunteers to walk pups via a Facebook post. And what came as a surprise was that within 24 hours, the post had more than 22000 shares.
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The director of this animal shelter, Mr. Phil Peckinpaugh, says, “The idea behind this is that they take the dog on kind of an adventure for the day”. Both his daughter and nephew are Pokémon Go fans and he noticed how they walked all over the place to look for Pokémon. He also added, “It would be great if every one of those individuals had one of our dogs with them”. Hence, he joined hands with an intern in mayor’s office, Sam Wiser, and made a volunteer ad, which went as viral on Facebook as the game itself is.
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For Mr. Peckinpaugh, the stimulation and exercise for the dogs is certainly the priority. What’s a plus here is that dog walkers receive a basic training and are reminded constantly that dog is the main concern. If you aren’t responsible enough for the dog, then you are not the best choice for the thing. Peckinpaugh says “We address the individuals and volunteers coming in to please be careful and please be safe. So far there haven't been any issues.”
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We certainly hope that this program goes viral as the game went on to become one. There hasn’t been any similar program in India so far; if you find animal shelters here adopting the same line-up, do let us know!