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DENVER - I love helping animals, but not in my own apartment. It's cliche, but thankfully: there's an app for that.
ResQwalk is an iPhone app that pairs fitness with fundraising for animal rescues. The app hosts a weekly donation pool, usually around $2500. Users pick a local rescue and launch the app before a walk. It records the distance traveled and adds it to their rescue's weekly total. ResQwalk pays charities in proportion to the number of walkers and the total miles walked at the end of each week.
There are 19,000 users who have walked 112,000 miles, raising over $20,000 for animal shelters.
"It's fairly new. We've used it since July and raised a small amount," says Megan Rees with Dumb Friends League. "We don't know how many are walking for us, but love being a part of ResQwalk."
ResQwalk makes per-mile donations and the current pool of money comes from a recent Indigogo campaign. The developers hope to enlist corporate sponsorship when the current money runs out.
The app donates to hundreds of animal rescues across the U.S. Many locations are in Colorado including Animal Rescue of the Rockies, Dumb Friends League, and Colorado Sheltie Rescue.