Wooftrax Event Enabled Students to Raise Money for Non-Profit Organizations


Hannah McPherson

Hannah McPherson, sophomore,Treasurer of Lend a Paw is taking part in the Wooftrax event by walking her dog, “Cookie.” Even if you don’t have a dog, you can still take part in the event by going on a walk and using the Wooftrax app’s virtual dog.

Molly Lynch, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – From Feb. 25-28, Lend a Paw hosted a dog walking event to help provide donations to shelters and non-profit organizations through the app Wooftrax

Wooftrax “creates fundraising opportunities for shelters and rescues while encouraging dogs and their humans to exercise together regularly” according to its website

The event enabled individuals to walk their dog to keep themselves and their dog healthy. The walker with the greatest distance won a t-shirt from BC campus recreation. 

“Wooftrax is a great way for people to spend some quality time with their dog while getting exercise, and the best part is you support an animal charity as you do so! Every time you go for a walk with your dog, all you have to do is open the app and start walking,” said Heather Knottt, a sophomore, who is treasurer for Lend a Paw.  

Lend a Paw is an organization on-campus that strives to bring respect to animals and bring in BC students to help participate in events to aid shelters, rescues and other non-profit organizations. 

“The WoofTrax Challenge aligns closely to our club mission as ‘an animal advocacy organization committed to educating the community about animal welfare and providing community service to animal-oriented non-profit organizations,” said Vice President of Lend a Paw Hannah McPherson, a sophomore. 

According to Wooftrax, 50,000 walks have been taken for over 8,500 shelters in 50 states so far to date. While Lend a Paw held one event, the Wooftrax app allows people to walk their dog everyday and help provide for shelters.

“This event helps us to not only encourage the student body to stay active over break, but to spend some quality time with their furry friends. The best part is, the WoofTrax app lets users pick their favorite charity to walk and compete in challenges for, where you can earn points that can be turned into donations to your charity,” said McPherson. 

“For those of us who do not have a dog — I am included — the app provides a virtual dog you can take on walks so you still have the opportunity to support an animal charity,” said Knott.