Want to help shelters but don't have the extra time or money to do it? Well, a new app allows dog owners to help the shelters of their choice by doing something they do everyday anyway - walking their dog. The best part is that it doesn't cost users a thing, all the funds come from sponsorship.
The developer Wooftrax made their free app called Walk for a Dog and so far 4,000 shelters have gotten onboard to receive donations from folks walking their pups. It's currently available on both the Google Play Store for Android devices and the App Store for iPhones.
Upon launching their hot new app, Wooftrax CEO Doug Hexler told the San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s hard to get people to do something new, but millions of people are already walking their dogs every day. We simply wanted to encourage that activity and add more value to it.
Once the app is downloaded and installed on a phone, all users need to do is select a shelter from one of the 4,000 (and growing) cooperative organizations that they would like to donate to and hit "start walking". The app keeps track of how far you go and the amount donated for it. The amount of money is based purely on how much walking you do with rates that range from 11 to 25 cents per mile. Whether you walk your dog around the block or hike all around creation, the app factors the money in. This encourages people of all ages to get out there and walk with their dog, an activity that benefits everyone but is all too easy to skip at the end of a long day.
The money going to the shelter comes from sponsors, investors and advertising that all want to give to something good. There is no cap on how many people can join, so be sure to spread the word.