I am always on the lookout for ways to help animals in pet shelters. Since we are maxed out on house pets (according to Mike, not me), I have to think of other ways to help homeless animals. Anyone who knows me knows that animals are my weakness. I am sure I would end up with an unintentional animal hoarding situation if it weren't for my husband. My ultimate goal in life is to own a shelter myself. In any case, this new Pokemon GO craze opens up more possibilities to make a difference for shelter dogs.
Help Animals in Pet Shelters while Playing Pokemon GO
1.) Walk shelter dogs – Many animal shelters now let people walk dogs while they go out Pokemon hunting. Walking a shelter dog is amazing for so many reasons. Not only will they get much-needed exercise and socialization, but think of the people they will meet. Pokemon GO is social so that little animal can meet all sorts of potential family members.
2.) Create a sign – I heard some shelters provide leashes for dog walking, but go a step further and make a sign, so people know the dog is available to adopt. Or, tell the shelter you have your own leash, and buy one that makes it clear the pet is adoptable. Remember that you are in charge of a living creature. Bring all the necessary supplies with you as you would for a walk with your own dog. Also, pay attention to their body language. If something scares them or makes them uncomfortable, be aware enough to pick up on that.
3.) Set a lure – IF an animal shelter is a Pokestop, anyone can set a lure to attract extra Pokemon to the stop. This action draws all the people in, too. I think there is a way for businesses to request to become a Pokestop, but I need to find out more info on that. But, once the option is available, you can use up one of your lures to do this for them. You never know who might wander in and fall in love with a forever friend.
4.) Make suggestions to the shelter – Most shelters that I know are run solely by volunteers. They are busy as can be, and might not know all the ins and outs of the game. When you go into the shelter, talk to them about it, and brainstorm ways to maximize their extra foot traffic. Maybe they can put out extra donation jars, let their Facebook and social fans know they are a Pokestop (if they are), and so many other creative ideas I am sure can come about after talking.
5.) Use an app – The WoofTrax app records your walks and makes a donation to an animal shelter of your choice. All that walking around to find Pokemon and hatch eggs can earn money for animals at no cost to you. The app is free, easy to set up, and to use. It's really a no-brainer.
Obviously, most of these suggestions require adult supervision. I am sure shelters have regulations set in place, but use common sense, too. Let's face it, a lot of Pokemon GO players are full grown adults, so I am talking to you, for the most part! 😉 The next time anyone gives you grief for playing a “kids' game”, fire back with all the good you are doing for animals. For the love of everything, be responsible. Don't give anyone another reason to write a nasty article about this awesome game. Pokemon GO is creating so many positive happenings. Let's do our part to keep it that way!
Have you heard of ways to help animals in pet shelters near you while playing Pokemon GO?
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