Volunteers walking dogs, playing Pokemon Go at Muncie Animal Shelter

MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) — Dozens of volunteers are flocking to the Muncie Animal Shelter all thanks to Pokemon Go. Shelter workers found a way to use the game to their advantage.

They made a Facebook post Tuesday asking people to walk the shelter’s adoptable dogs around town while playing the game. More than 14,000 people shared the post within 24 hours.

Shelter workers said 20-30 new volunteers showed up by 1 p.m Wednesday.

Adrienne West drove 45 minutes from Upland to walk a three-year-old pitbull named Maya.

And to catch a Weedle.

“There’s not a lot of places to play around where I live and I like animals so I thought it was really cool how they’re combining the two,” West said.

Shelter Director Phil Peckenpaugh said he bought 20 new leashes to keep up with increased demand. He said walking the dogs makes them more sociable, healthier and more likely to be adopted.


Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.