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MUNCIE, Ind. – The Muncie Animal Shelter and Pokémon Go players have formed a relationship that will benefit both virtual animals and real-life furry friends.

Tuesday afternoon, the shelter posted a photo to their Facebook, asking for volunteers to help them walk their dogs while playing the new mobile app.

In the game, players must explore the outdoors to catch new Pokémon and hatch eggs.

Shelter director Phil Peckinpaugh, thought he could utilize the many people out and about.

Peckinpaugh says some of these people are driving from hours away to participate and he hopes the game will help connect some of their “poke-dogs” with prospective families.

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