Walkzee Kickstarter Wants To Pair Dogless Walkers With A Shelter Pooch
With urban sprawl running rampant (and with no signs of letting up in the near future), it’s just not feasible for many metropolis dwellers to own a dog. But if you need a doggy fix and a furry walking buddy, walkzee wants to connect you with shelter dog.
As the first free online platform connecting shelter dogs in need of a walk to dog lovers looking for a walking buddy, walkzee is looking for backers on Kickstarter. The brainpuppy of Cristina and Charlie Saunders, the idea for walkzee came about after a trip to Hawaii. While on a walk, they came across an amazing shelter dog field trip program, where locals and visitors are encouraged to visit and take shelter dogs out for the day. After taking Big Z (the Zee in walkzee) out for the day, the couple realized what a wonderful initiative it was. Not only was it benefiting the dog, but also the shelter and the walkers!
So how will walkzee help dogs and people?
- Increased time out of the shelter (and office) for exercise
- Improve chances of adoption through increased human interaction
- Help to promote shelter dogs as great pets online (reviews, social sharing)
- Provide more volunteers and donations for the shelter
There’s already a walkzee site, and the first phase of the project is already complete. Interested walkers can now:
- Visit walkzee.com and search your local area
- Scroll through shelter dogs in your area that are in need of a walk
- Choose the dog you want to help and request a walk
- Adopt, donate or leave a positive review for your new best friend
- Enjoy your day out with your new best friend!
The Kickstarter project is to raise funds for stage 2 of the project. walkzee aims to engage with shelters, improve the website with enhancements and integrations, and build up the walking community.
I love this idea and think that it has real potential of taking off. There are a few different levels of pledges, and I’m leaning toward the “Support the Underdog” hoodie! To make a pledge and learn more about the site, visit walkzee’s Kickstarter page.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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