All those extra steps Pokémon Go players are taking on the quest to “Catch ‘em all” could catch some serious money for local animal shelters with the help of another app.
The WoofTrax “Walk for a Dog” app uses GPS to track dog-walkers’ steps to raise money for animal shelters and rescues.
Sponsorship and advertising money from the app is donated to organizations based on how frequently “active walkers” use the app during each donation period.
The app has been around since its launch in Ithaca, N.Y., in 2013, but it is now targeting the huge influx of walkers playing Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go has gained more than 7.5 million users since it was released July 6, according to USA Today. Players walk around real world public places searching for Pokémon to catch and collect.
Wooftrax is asking people to download the app and press the “Start Walking” button before they head outside. The app does not have to be open during the walk, but when users can “Stop Walking” at the end of their stroll, their steps get counted towards an animal shelter or rescue of their choice. The app only uses cellular data at the end of the walk when it is logged.
People do not have to play Pokémon Go or even own a dog to use the app. Non-dog owners can pick the "Walk for Cassie" option on the app to get the same benefits towards humane societies.
The WoofTrax website claims that 8 million walks have already contributed to helping shelters in all 50 states. East Tennessee organizations registered with app include:
Oak Ridge Animal Shelter
Blount County Humane Society
Humane Society of Jefferson County
Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley
Young-Williams Animal Center
Loudon County Animal Shelter
Loudon County Humane Society
Monroe County Animal Shelter,
Monroe County Volunteer Humane Society
Roane County Humane Society
A complete list of Tennessee shelters can be found in the app after downloading.