Sara Perez and Matthew Teague were busy finding Pokémon in South Houston last Tuesday when they discovered an abandoned cage in an empty park.
Inside, they found 20 hamsters and 7 mice who were suffering from heat exhaustion from the weather and lack of water. They had been abandoned by their owners and left to die.
”We were just surprised and confused, and we looked around the park and called out to see if anyone was there, but there was no one,” Perez told Click2 Houston.
The cage was inside a box with no water and just a bit of birdseed.
The took the cage back to Perez’s house and immediately provided them with water, fresh food and bedding. Due to their quick thinking, all 27 animals survived.
Later in the day, they handed the animals over to the Houston SPCA, who promptly gave them fitting names and put them up for adoption. Perez says that if it wasn’t for Pokémon GO, she wouldn’t have found the animals.
“I never would have walked that far from my house if I didn’t want to take over that [Pokémon] gym,”
she told Huffington Post
. “But I’m glad I did.”