Dog-walk Apps

Dog-walk Apps

Dogs at Sunset at Point Pinole
Sunset walk at Point Pinole. Photo by Hilary.
Walking is as good for you as it is for your dog, and with Walk For A Dog, a new fundraising app from WoofTrax,
 
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every step you take translates into money earned for local shelters and rescue groups. Like most apps geared to runners, this one tracks speed, distance and duration. The difference: you enter information about your dogs and select a local shelter or rescue group to support (or let the app select one for you). Post-walk sharing with other users is highly encouraged.

WoofTrax developers say they compute donations to shelters through a proprietary algorithm that weighs number of users, number of walks, miles walked and other components. Walk For A Dog users are under no obligation to donate, but the hope is that walking for a cause will provide encouragement to become involved.

WoofTrax, based in Baltimore, Md., says it mailed donations to more than 600 shelters nationwide in June. Northern California beneficiaries include the San Francisco SPCA Adoption Center, Oakland Animal Services, Pets in Need in Redwood City and Front Street Shelter in Sacramento.

Want to add your favorite animal organization to the WoofTrax beneficiary list? Instructions can be found on their website.

Map My Dog Walk AppRunners-up: MapMyDogWalk, a free app brought to you by Subaru offers GPS mapping (including elevation changes) and even a function that crunches your data to calculate the calories you’ve burned.

Editor’s note: Once you’ve downloaded a dog-walk app, review our site for some great trails where you can put it to good use.

Want to add your favorite animal organization to the WoofTrax beneficiary list? Instructions can be found on their website.

Posted on: August 18, 2014

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