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Adopt Me: An interactive video game to encourage people to adopt animals from shelters

By Ying Xing

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People buy pets and use their imagination in envisioning how their pet will ideally be, not the reality of raising a pet. More and more pets are abandoned by their owners for various reasons and the stray animals often cause accidents. But people keep purchasing animals from puppy mill stores. That is the main reason why the number of animals taken into shelters is increasing, along with the rate of euthanization. These factors are of interest for people who care about animals.

To address this problem, research was focused on the reasons why people abandon their pet and the factors will influence people choosing a new pet. Additionally, special attention was paid to the relationship between gamification and persuasion. The use of color, storytelling, and digital imaging skills were applied to the final visual design.

In order to raise awareness of taking care of pets and understanding how simple actions can significantly change animals’ lives, an interactive animation game, a virtual shelter, illustrates the miserable experiences that animals endure being sent to a shelter. Users learn why pets are abandoned and how to help them in various situations. Moreover, the user can get a recommended pet based on their real situations, such as family structure, condition, housing type, and personalities.

The prototype for Adopt Me was created through motion graphics. User testing proved the application prototype to be successful. To help more people find their dream pet, Adopt Me will add more connections and functions with real shelter in the future.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Pages 48
Department School of Design (CAD)
Degree Visual Communication Design (MFA)
Language English
University Rochester Institute of Technology
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal shelters
  3. Media
  4. open access
  5. pet adoption
  6. Pets and companion animals
  1. open access