Animal shelter uses Pokemon Go to get people walking dogs

Animal shelter uses Pokemon Go to encourage dog walkers

MUNCIE, IN (WTHR) - As Pokemon Go took off, so did an idea that paired Pokemon trainers with pets at the Muncie Animal Shelter in Indiana.

"I thought it'd be great to pair all these people who are out exploring Muncie and having these adventures all over our community, if we could pair them with dogs here at our shelter that need exercise," said shelter director Phil Peckinpaugh.

Less than one week after advertising on Facebook, they've had more than 250 people participate -- and some pups have been adopted as a result.

"We've reached over 2 million people with this one Facebook post and just continues to grow," Peckinpaugh said.

Mark Zuckerberg heard about the post and thought it was such a good idea, he sent a film crew to Muncie on Monday.

Zuckerberg plans to share that video with all of his followers on Friday, making Muncie, its Pokemon players, and its adoptable dogs Facebook famous.

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