Albuquerque shelter hopes Pokemon craze can help save dogs

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Pokemon Go craze has an Albuquerque dog shelter taking advantage of its popularity. They are inviting all players to come take a dog for a walk while they play the game, and people are taking the shelter up on the offer.

One of the dogs at the shelter is Iris. She is a German Shepard mix and a brand new mother of three 4-week-old puppies.

“One of the things that helps her to produce more milk is to go out and walk,” said Haley Bowers, organizer of the Pokemon Go event at the Positive Paws Rescue Transport.

Zachary Sarabia and Chandra Henry are helping Iris get her exercise, all while catching Pokemon at the same time.

“This is probably the best Pokemon game we could both play together and it was good just to kind of like, to play and walk the dogs at the same time. It was good for all of us,” said Zachary Sarabia.

Three days into the event at the shelter, and Positive Paws Rescue Transport has already seen a spike in engagement with with both locals and tourists.

“A lot of people that like Pokemon like animals, so I figured it would be a pretty good program to combine both the dogs and the Pokemon,” said Bowers.

The combination of dogs and Pokemon is also bringing in more business. So far, ten adoption applications have been filed, and they only have fifteen dogs available for adoption. Like Boris, a two-year-old Akita-Shepard mix that’s currently their “Adoptable Dog of the Week.”

“He’s a very sweet guy. He’s very good with children,” said Bowers.

Even if you’re not interested in adopting any dogs, the shelter wants you to know that just taking a dog, like Iris, for a walk while you collect your Pokemon is more than enough.

“She becomes less needy for the people who come in and help her try to feed her puppies and she’s more tired, and a tired dog is a good dog,” said Bowers.

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