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With millions of pets waiting in shelters and rescues for their forever homes, it can be overwhelming for an average pet lover to find ways to lend a hand. Now a variety of cool apps (software designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices) help anyone who cares about animals make an impact on the plight of homeless pets. Here are several of our favorites.
Imagine if every time you take your dog for a stroll or you power walk around the park, you raise money for rescues and shelters. It’s a reality with ResQwalk, a new app that combines fitness with philanthropy.
After just three months in the app store, ResQwalk has tracked more than 175,000 miles and donated more than $30,000 to rescues and shelters. Here’s how it works: Download the app and check in before your walk. Choose your favorite rescue or shelter from more than 775 groups (and growing). Start walking and, for each mile you hoof, you earn money for the group you chose.
Every week, ResQwalk announces a donation pool amount, which is distributed among the favorite rescues and shelters designated by app users. Currently, the donations are made from the proceeds of a successful Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Soon, however, ResQwalk will make donations from sponsorship dollars and in-app product sales.
And if you don’t have a favorite shelter, that’s OK! Just log in and start walking, and your steps will earn dollars for the organizations already in the mix to earn money from that week’s donation pool. Best of all, donations are paid to rescues and shelters weekly, so your hard work benefits homeless pets right away.
In addition to raising money for pets in need, ResQwalk offers news and shopping sections, both of which also trigger donations. Plus, ResQwalk users can earn rewards for miles or kilometers walked.
Platforms: iPhoneand iPad; Android coming soon Cost: Free More info: www.resqwalk.com
Pose a Pet is a nifty little photo app designed to take the perfect pictures of adoptable pets. Shelters and rescues agree that homeless pets with good-quality photos have an easier time finding forever homes.
Through better, more engaging photography, Pose a Pet aims to help animal welfare organizations increase the number of pets they match with loving families. Created by a pet photographer who has taken more than 3,000 photos of adoptable pets, Pose a Pet creates the type of images that help get pets adopted and make a dent in the homeless pet problem.
Pets are easily distracted, especially in a shelter setting, so the app emits a series of noises, such aswhistles, squeaks, toots, doorbell rings and more, to grab the pet’s attention so you can capture an alert, engaged pic. Once you have the shot, you can put the photo into a digital animal rescue flyer template with pertinent information, along with a cute headline, that can easily be shared across social platforms.
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