These days, almost everyone I know owns a smart phone. One of our Richmond VA pet sitters was telling me about one of her favorite apps – Walk For a Dog. She uses it every day, right before she takes her dog clients out for their walks.
The wonders of technology!
Walk for a Dog is an app all Richmond dog lovers should consider using. It converts your daily dog walks into charitable donations to the local animal shelter or pet rescue of your choosing. There’s a version for iphones and androids. It’s free and easy to install from the Apple or Android app stores.
When our Pet Pleasers‘ pet sitters set up the app, they add a mini-profile for each dog they walk. For some of our mid-day walkers who walk 10 – 15 lucky dogs each week, it doesn’t take long for them to raise some good money for their favorite animal charity.
But even if you have one dog, every Walk for a Dog walk counts. If you go around the block or take a 3 mile hike, log the walk with the app and know you’re helping raise funds your favorite pet charity while you and your pet burn some calories and get the blood pumping.
Not a walker? No worries. You can also select biking or running instead!
Just remember to open the app before you head out. An easy way to jog (bad pun) your memory is to associate snapping the leash onto the harness as your cue to open the app. Then hit the “Start Walking” button and the app keeps track of your walk. When you are done with the walk, press “Stop Walking.” You can check that the walk was successfully logged and credited to your selected organization when you see a green heart next to that day’s walk on the History screen.
Curious about what kind of funds are being raised for your organization? Just look under the “Impact” section and you can check the number of active walkers for the organization you selected. I really like the Walk for a Dog app because it’s simple to use and makes it easy for your favorite shelter or animal rescue to do fundraising all year round.
Tip: If you want to share your walk proceeds with more than one favorite organization, just go in and change the beneficiary organization.
Boost Fitness and Burn More Calories
Another app that can help you keep a New Year’s Resolution to be more active and burn more calories is called Map My Dog Walk. This app (funded by Subaru in partnership with MapMyFitness.com) doesn’t have a charitable mission, but it does a great job of tracking your fitness goals, mapping new walking routes and more.
And even though it doesn’t track your dog’s fitness goals, every time you take him out for a walk, you’re helping your pet improve his health too.
What are your favorite apps for pet lovers? Share them on Pet Pleasers’ Facebook page and we’ll try them out too.
Carole Tomas is the owner and president of Pet Pleasers, Inc. She is a graduate of Ohio University and a Charter Member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. When she began Pet Pleasers in 1985, business was conducted Old School via a landline, snail mail and an answering machine the size of a breadbox. No internet, email, text messaging, digital photos, social media or mobile phones! What has remained constant over three decades: Carole’s love of animals and an unwavering passion for professional pet sitting.