Information Architecture
We planned the flow of both Shelter and Volunteer experiences within the app from Registration to setting up a schedule.


By using a series of conversational questions and fill-ins, the volunteer registration process is brought online and streamlined.

Volunteers are able to select from a list of appointments and are sent for approval to the shelters.

In our research, we learned that one barrier volunteers have is that they are not experienced or qualified enough to deal with more difficult dogs. When all the easier dogs are already being taken care of, there are no opportunities for them to volunteer with the other dogs. In order to qualify, they need to go through training and log hours with the shelter. These training sessions are often at inconvenient times and locations. By bringing the process online, volunteers can move on to help more dogs faster.

In our research, we learned that one barrier volunteers have is that they are not experienced or qualified enough to deal with more difficult dogs. When all the easier dogs are already being taken care of, there are no opportunities for them to volunteer with the other dogs. In order to qualify, they need to go through training and log hours with the shelter. These training sessions are often at inconvenient times and locations. By bringing the process online, volunteers can move on to help more dogs faster.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign into the "walk portal" which prompts them to upload information about the dog they are caring for. This helps the shelter create a database for their animals, aiding future volunteers and potential adoptions.

Volunteers can then track their walks and have access to resources such as emergency contacts and helpful hints. They can even enter the camera mode and take photos of the dog using special Doggy Day Share filters.

When volunteers are finished with their appointment, they are asked to rate the dog and add notes to its profile. They are also invited to share photos and their experience on social media.

When volunteers are finished with their appointment, they are asked to rate the dog and add notes to its profile. They are also invited to share photos and their experience on social media.

Doggy Day Share
App

This app was created as part of Big Spaceship's Hack Day. Please take a look at the prototype here.

Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter shelters every year in the US and there are over 13,600 community shelters nationwide. Lack of communication and complicated processes make it very difficult for volunteers to provide the right services to the right shelters. This app streamlines the shelter/volunteer communication and provides some much needed organization to the volunteer process.

I worked with a small team to concept and design this project in a twenty four hour time period. I led the design of the app as well as worked on information architecture.

Doggy Day Share will be evolving as we continue our efforts to bring this app to life.