Walking your Labradors is rewarding for both you and your him! It can be rewarding for animal shelters, too!
That’s the brilliant idea behind Walk for a Dog. It is a smartphone app that donates money to an animal shelter of your choice every time you walk your dog.
According to WoofTrax, the app’s parent organization, donations are from sponsorship deals and advertising. Donations generally vary from 11 to 25 cents per mile depending on the number of people who have signed up to walk in benefit of a particular animal organization.
The number of walks they take, factors more into the donation amount than the distance they might walk.
“The miles are factored in, but not heavily,as Walk for a Dog users are of all ages and abilities.” CEO Doug Hexter told HuffPost. “A walk with your dog around the block or a 5-mile hike all count. We simply wanted to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get out there and walk their dog.”
“It’s hard to get people to do something new,” Hexter added to the San Francisco Chronicle. “But millions of people are already walking their dogs every day. We simply wanted to encourage that activity and add more value to it.”
It has been six months since Walk for a Dog was launched and since then, the app has distributed $10,000 in donations across the nearly 4,000 animal shelters which have signed up.
One of those shelters is Pennsylvania’s Delaware County SPCA. The shelter has expressed their excitement about the app’s potential.
“When a $10 check comes in, be it through an app or personal donation, it really means it’s going toward caring for the animals so we are able to help them until they find their forever homes,” Delco SPCA spokeswoman Justina Calgiano said.
This paw-some app is available both in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Source: Huffington Post