Excuse me, but I can’t talk now! I’m about to go for a ResQwalk so I can help kitties in need!
What?! I don’t get to walk? My human’s going to do the walking? Well then, I guess I had better explain what a ResQwalk is. It is a new app that helps raise money for animal rescues and shelters! The cool thing is that all you have to do is walk. Here is how it works.
- You download the ResQwalk app to your iPhone (an Android version should be available by fall).
- You log in and choose a rescue to support. There is a weekly donation pool and the miles you walk will go towards a percentage of that pool for your chosen rescue. Currently there are 520 rescues supported. My human picked Stray Cat Alliance, because they are a local cat rescue that we already support! They advocate and educate communities about cats, especially community cats, and find homes for those who are adoptable. We were very happy to see them on the list!
- Go for a walk, while the app logs your mileage using GPS! It’s that easy.
I told my human to hit the big “Start Walk” button and get going!
My human already walks a couple times a week as part of her fitness program. She also strength trains, does Pilates and yoga and does cardio dance. But walking is what gets her out of the house! And she was determined to walk for Stray Cat Alliance, even though it was 84 degrees out! As you can see, she blurred the street names so you can’t come and visit me unannounced.
This is one of the routes that she regularly travels. Usually she tries to hit 5K (3.1 miles) on this path. As you can see above, she was a little over the 2 mile mark here. She was a bit bummed about her slow pace (she can walk 5K in under 40 minutes), but it really was hot out!
She did not take any breaks either, except to photograph this garden gnome. She takes photos of weird things sometimes when she is out walking.
Because she was walking for a cause, she walked a little extra and wound up with 3.34 miles! Just a note: if you don’t check your mileage every other minute like my human did, you will save a lot of battery life!
Plus there was a reward at the end of my human’s walk!
There is also a shopping area on the app, which features items from ResQthreads, which also supports rescue, and a library of pet articles too!
If you have an iPhone, do download this app now and get walking! If you live in the U.S. or Canada, chances are you will find a rescue you know! And you can always have a favorite rescue sign up to become a partner — there is a link at the bottom of the ResQwalk homepage! And yes, rescues for rabbits, exotics and farm animals are welcome, in addition to cats and dogs!
Although this is a sponsored post and I received a small fee to blog about ResQwalk, I am very enthusiastic about endorsing them because this is an exciting new way to help animals!