Even if you can’t adopt, volunteer or donate money, there are still other ways you can help out local shelters. I recently came across one interesting way to do this using an app called “WoofTrax.” This app lets you donate to your local shelter simply by taking your dog on a walk. The app is free to use and allows you to choose from several local shelters. In the Cleveland area you can donate to The Cleveland Animal Protection League, Secondhand Mutts and The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. You can also go in and switch it easily if you want to change who you are donating to periodically.
After you download the app, you’ll just need to take your phone with you on your walk. You’ll hit start at the beginning of the walk and the app will keep track of how far you go. For every mile that you walk, a donation is made for the shelter of your choice. According to Wooftrax’s twitter page, in January the app donated 25 cents per mile to local shelters.
I’ve found the app to be pretty easy to use. You can customize it by adding a picture and some info about your dog. You can also add multiple dogs and choose whichever one you are walking with if you want to track your times separately. In addition to knowing that I am donating money to shelters, I also like knowing exactly how far I’ve walked. It records the time, distance and average mile per hour in the history section of the app.
Definitely seems worth a try considering you have to take your dog on a walk anyways!
The free app is available for download on the App Store. Currently it is only available for iPhones, but it’s in testing for Android phones now.