ResQwalk, based in New York City, is a mobile app that enables animal lovers to raise money for animal rescues and earn rewards every time they go for a walk. Each week ResQwalk announces a donation pool and, in order for a rescue to receive donations from the pool, its supporters simply need to check-‐in to the app when they go for a walk. At the end of the week donations are paid out to the rescues proportionally to the total distance walked.
Since launching on June 26th, iOS users have walked over 190,000 miles and $33,400 have been donated to animal rescues across the United States and Canada. An Android version of the app was launched earlier this month. There are over 1,000 benefiting organizations on the ResQwalk app.
The app includes a leaderboard that enables users to track how many miles have been walked in support of their favorite rescue throughout the week. ResQwalk also hosts Weekly Rescue Challenges so groups are able to raise bonus money.