Walkzee, an app that matches up shelter dogs with people looking for a walking buddy, will be ready to launch in June.
Here’s how it works: Participating shelters will list their dogs on Walkzee. Currently 250 shelters are participating. Walkers will search for a dog in their area. When they have chosen a suitable companion, they will contact the shelter, either through the app or by directly contacting the shelter to make arrangements.
After the walk, the human can leave a review of both the dog and the shelter. They can also make a donation. Walkzee does not take a cut.
The app is free, relying on advertising to make money.
It was created by Charlie and Christina Saunders who got the idea while honeymooning in Hawaii. A humane society encouraged local people and tourists to take a shelter dog for a walk or a day trip. The dog they took was dressed in a vest with the words “Adopt me.”
Some dog lovers don’t have the time or circumstances to own their own dog. Or someone may be traveling out of town, missing their dog and needing a dog fix. Companies that rent dogs by the hour have not caught on.
Walkzee is a win win win for everyone. Dog and human get companionship and exercise. Dog gets attention and exposure to potential adopters. Shelter gets a volunteer walker.
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On the other hand, if you have a dog that needs to be walked, there’s an app for that. That is, if you live in Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York City.
With the Wag app, you can order a dog walker on your smartphone, track your dog via the app and receive a report cat with photo, a map of the walk and a pee/poop status.
Each Wag walk costs $20 per half hour per dog and can be ordered for 30- or 60-minutes.