Shelter seeks gamers, volunteers to walk dogs

Published 1:31 am Friday, August 19, 2016

Do you like Pokemon Go? Are you a dog lover? If the answer is yes, the Andalusia Animal Shelter is looking for your help to walk the shelter dogs while you’re out catching Bulbasaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Metapod, Rattata, Ekans, Spearow, Pikachu, and more.

pokemon-go-dog-walking-animal-shelter-muncie-12Andalusia Animal Shelter Coordinator Cristin Ball said that those interested in participating can come Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., and walk a dog.

“To get the public involved with our mission of adopting more pets as well as and very importantly improving not only the dog well-being but ours,” she said. “Research shows that pets will improve the mood of those depressed by half by just spending an hour with them. So really, it’s a win-win. So, for those that play Pokemon, they are already out walking, so why not take a dog along for it.”

Ball said they are currently asking volunteers to stay on the premises of the shelter because they have a huge area for walking, but the eventual goal is to expand to citywide.

“We will furnish collars and leashes for them,” she said. “All they have to do is show up.”

They also ask that volunteers not bring their personal pets because they want it to be a one-on-one interaction.

“We have had several interested and plan to get it off the ground next week,” Ball said. “This is just one of our new plans to incorporate the public into the shelter’s day-to-day happenings.”

Ball said another segment will be reading to the pets.

“We are going to have a set up where children or adults can come and read for five minutes or an hour; however, long they would like,” she said. “This produces a calming effect for not only the animals but children do not feel the pressure to read every word correctly as they would for the teacher or us, parents.”

Ball said they also hope to educate the younger generation on proper pet care and other things.

“Our overall goal is become one with not only citizens of Andalusia, but our county as well to show that we are the good guys and we are making a difference,” she said. “That we put pets and the love we have for them first. This could help tremendously with adoptions as well as generate good publicity.”

The shelter is located at 101 Coliseum Ave.

For more info, call 222-8705.