Animal shelter captures dog-walkers with Pokemon

  • 20/07/2016
Animal shelter captures dog-walkers with Pokemon

Walking dogs and playing Pokémon Go at the same time are now two of this US man's favorite pastimes.

"It's just a good place to come to try to find Pokémon and adopt a dog. And be friendly with a dog and see how dogs are around here," says Reynaldo, a visitor to animal shelter Animal Care Services (ACS).

Over the past few weeks, ACS has seen more players like him coming by to help.

The shelter has two Pokéstops on its campus. It's marked hot-spots in the game, where players can earn more points. The shelter is using the game not just for their advantage but for the animals.

"We had a group earlier today before the heat came in. And they were walking several dogs. So they would collect their reward, go walk a dog, come back, collect an award and repeat," says a shelter worker.

"So a lot of dogs got walked a lot today."

ACS says adoptions are higher this month compared to the same time last year. While it can't say for sure it's because of the increased foot traffic from the game. The shelter is still embracing the extra attention and help.

"If you can come by, walk a dog, we'd love it."