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Indiana Animal Shelter Fetches Facebook's Attention

Animal shelters across the nation are participating in an adoption drive this weekend called Clear the Shelters. (Herb Carter)
Animal shelters across the nation are participating in an adoption drive this weekend called Clear the Shelters. (Herb Carter)
July 21, 2016

MUNCIE, Ind. – Facebook is taking the Pokemon Go craze all the way to the bank, or in this case all the way to the animal shelter.

Facebook has hired a production company to shoot a video to encourage Pokemon Go players to walk an adoptable dog, and the production company focused on the Muncie Animal Shelter.

Melissa Blair, assistant director at Muncie Animal Shelter, says the shelter came up with the idea to have volunteers walk dogs while they're out searching for Pokemon characters.

The shelter posted it on its Facebook page and people responded. She says it's been so popular Facebook decided to send a film crew.

Blair says the shelter will take help any way it can get it.

"Shelters rely heavily on volunteers, so it's kind of a win-win,” she states. “People are having fun playing their game, but it's great for the animals. They're getting out, they're getting exercise, and at the end of the day they're tired. "

Saturday marks a nationwide event called Clear the Shelters. Adoption fees are waived as a way to encourage people to take home a pet.

According to the Humane Society of Indianapolis, last year 20,000 pets found forever homes.

Blair says, hopefully, the Facebook video will inspire people to give a little of their time to help out at animal shelters around the country.

"As long as the Pokemon craze is crazy, and after, I mean, we'll always accept volunteers,” she states. “And we did have several people that have been here now. Like, every day they come in. They love it."

There's a real time adoption finder that keeps track of the number of pets that have found homes that is activated for Saturday's nationwide event. It's at cleartheshelters.com.


Veronica Carter, Public News Service - IN