GVMA Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions


What is it? Walk for a Dog is a mobile app for Android and iPhone that supports your local animal organization simply by walking your dog.

How does it work? After you download the app onto your smartphone, take the phone with you when you walk your dog(s). Simply press the Start Walking button and the app will keep track of your walk. When your walk is stopped it is credited to your selected shelter or rescue. The Impact tab shows the total number of people walking for your selected shelter or rescue and allows you to magnify your impact by referring friends or making a gift.


The more people walking for the GVMA Foundation, the more that can be donated, so please spread the word by referring friends and sharing the app on social media.

Some ways you could magnify your impact, and increase donations to your organization are to:

  1. Share the Walk for a Dog app on social media.
  2. Share your walks on social media.
  3. Refer friends using the Refer Friends feature on the Impact tab.
  4. Consider making a personal gift directly to the shelter or rescue you are walking for -- right through the app, using the Make a Gift feature on the Impact tab.
  5. Donate gently worn, used, or new shoes to VetHeart - We participate in WoofTrax Shoes for Shelters and Rescues shoe drive.
  6. Spread the word! We will provide you with marketing materials to tell supporters about Walk for a Dog.


How do donations work? Use the Walk for a Dog app every time you walk your dog. Walks are credited to your selected animal organization. Every walk counts, short or long. The number of people walking for your organization counts the most. The Impact tab shows how many people are walking for your selected organization. The more people walking, the more we can donate.

How much and how often do we donate? Donations to animal organizations are funded by sponsorship, advertising, and investors. The donation funding pool is divided among shelters and rescues based on the number of people who are actively walking for each organization as seen on the Impact tab of the app. We send donations to active shelters and rescues about one or two times per year. Last December and January we sent checks to 4,500 shelters and rescues all across the United States. More information will be coming soon about our next round of donations, which will be happening later this year.

In the last year we have raised over $120,000 for our shelter and rescue partners.

How can I increase the amount donated to my selected shelter and rescue organization? To maximize what we can donate, please share the free Walk for a Dog app and spread the word to increase the number of walkers for your organization! More people using the app and walking means more interest from sponsors and advertisers, which means we can donate more to shelter and rescue organizations.


What if I don’t have a dog? Can I still use the app? Absolutely! You can walk for dogs at a shelter or rescue by choosing the “Walk for Cassie” option after enrolling in the app for the first time. Or, create your dream dog as a walking companion by going to the setup tab and adding a dog.

Walk for the GVMA Foundation


You can make a donation just by walking your dog (and you don't even need a dog)! Here's how:


  1. Download the free Wooftrax app on your smartphone from the App Store or Google Play (available for iOS or Android)

  2. Choose the GVMA Foundation as your selected organization.

  3. Start the app and walk your dog (or just walk).


Use the app each time you grab for the leash. It’s healthy for you, your dog, and for the GVMA Foundation