Apps That Give Back
Here are some great apps you can use to raise money for the animal charity of your choice. Some apps may currently only be available in certain countries.
Walk For A Dog
WoofTrax’ Walk for a Dog (Android and iOS) app lets you raise money for free for your favorite animal organisation while you walk your dog, although you do not actually need a dog to use this app (see below). Choose the charity of your choice, or if you don’t want to choose, the app will automatically choose an animal shelter or rescue group near you. Sign up for an account, add in your dog’s information, and start walking. The app is funded by ads and sponsors, and the longer you walk, the more money you’ll raise for your charity.
To get started: Submit your name and email address, then confirm your email address by clicking on a link sent to that address. The app will then ask you to add your dog/dogs. However, you don’t actually need a dog to use the app, as you can choose “Walk for Cassie” or add a fake dog’s info. Hit “Start Walking,” and the app will track your steps, distance, and map your walk using GPS. iPhone users can use the app on a treadmill or stationary bike, but Android users will need to get outside for the app to work.
Make your workouts count with Charity Miles (Android and iOS), a free app that rewards the animal charity you choose for every mile you walk, run or bike. Charity Miles is sort of like a walk/run/bike-a-thon, a little bit like virtually doing a mass participation event. Corporate sponsors pledge up to $0.25 for each mile you log in the app. The app features 37 participating charities.
To get started: Download and install the app and sign up for a Charity Miles account. Before each workout, open the app and pick the charity you want to help. Select the type of activity you’re doing (outdoor walking/running, indoor walking/running, or outdoor cycling) and start your workout. The app uses your phone’s GPS and accelerometer to detect movement and measure distance. When you’re finished, hit the stop button and the corporate sponsor for that charity will donate $0.10 per mile biked or $0.25 per mile walked or run.
Give 2 Charity
Give 2 Charity (Android and iOS) is a free app that asks for information in exchange for points that can be applied toward charitable donations. This app isn’t for everyone, as it constantly tracks your smartphone’s location data in the background and gives you points when you go places. If you don’t mind being tracked, it’s an easy way to give back.
To get started: Download and install the app and sign up for an account. You will need to give the app permission to access your background location data. You’ll then earn points for as long as the app is installed on your device and it has access to your location. You can earn extra points by completing surveys and sharing the app with friends. You can redeem these points for donations to the animal charities of your choice.
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