"The idea is that they take the dog on kind of an adventure for the day", Phil Peckinpaugh, shelter director, told The Huffington Post. "Come down to the Muncie Animal Shelter to walk one of our dogs while you get your steps in!" the Indiana-based animal shelter's Facebook post reads.
"I started playing with Ruthie, and it was actually pretty fun", he said.
Peckinpaugh encourages other shelters use the idea to get volunteers. "I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if all those people were walking with our dogs?'"
Summer months are always busiest for the shelter, it's the time of year when people and animals interact the most.
Dozens of players have already come by to pick up a dog, Peckinpaugh added.
Just, make sure you're paying attention to WHERE you're going! "When you adopt from a shelter or a rescue group, you're usually getting a mixed breed dog, which has far fewer breed-specific illnesses than a purely bred dog", says Yohannan.
The problem of having too many dogs is creating overcrowding at the Ingham County Animal Shelter and now adoption fees are being cut again. Even though walking dogs in the past has had a very core objective, for dogs to get their exercise and spend their energy, now it has even more of a drive to get people involved.