'ResQwalk' Lets Users Help Animals One Step At A Time

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) A new free mobile app that’s raising money for homeless animals has been chosen as the 1010 WINS App Of The Week.

ResQwalk is available for either iOS or Android devices that enables animal lovers to raise money for animal rescues and shelters in the United States and Canada every time they go for a walk.

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It was created by Bailey Schroeder and the team at ResQthreads, a website that sells t-shirts, coffee and other items, the proceeds from which, also benefit the same cause. Schroder told 1010 WINS, while there’s so much passion from animal lovers who want to help as much as they can, money is an issue.  “People don’t have endless amounts of cash to give away to rescues, and they also don’t have endless amounts of time to volunteer or foster animals. So we thought, by doing this, people can combine their everyday routine into a way of actually helping.”

Here’s how it works: Rescue organizations seeking donations should sign up on the ResQwalk website.  Each week ResQwalk announces a pool (e.g. $2,500) donated by corporate sponsors.  To receive a portion of that pool, supporters of registered groups log into the app when they go for a walk (with a dog, alone, or with a friend, etc). Each walker’s distance is recorded and added to the rescue’s weekly sum. At the end of the week, donations are paid out to the groups via PayPal, in proportion to the total distance walked.

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ResQwalk currently has 1,200 registered rescue organizations.  Locally, that includes the Humane Society of NY, Rock & Rawhide, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, NY Abandoned Angels Rescue, Anjellicle Cats and Brooklyn Animal Action.

They’ve made $45,000.00 in donations in the 22 weeks the app has been in operation, but Schroeder notes that it’s up to supporters to make it happen for these groups.  She says walkers raising funds for the Beagle Freedom Project, for example, will often walk 500 to 700 miles a week, commanding a larger slice of the donation pie.

The app also offers prizes for walkers, a news section with pet related content, a shop section with product deals and offers, and profile pages for users and rescues to track both miles walked and dollars raised.

Get the ResQwalk app at either the Apple or Google Play stores.  For more info, click HERE.

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