Fitness Apps That Support Rescue

I’m always excited when I can combine my love of exercising with animal rescue support. Luckily, I found 3 fitness apps that allow me to do just that! Simply download each app on your phone and take it with you when walking, running, or riding your bike. Just remember to open the app and log in before heading out, and the rest is taken care of!

Charity Miles
Free, App Store and Google Play

For every mile you bike, run or walk, you earn money for your selected charity from Charity Miles’ corporate sponsors. Just launch the app, choose a charity and leave the app running while you walk, run or bike. The selected charity then earns money for every mile covered. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile, up to the initial $1,000,000 sponsorship pool. There are several great charitable groups supported, including two animal-friendly organizations: ASPCA and World Wildlife Fund.


Walk For A Dog

Free, App Store and Google Play

WoofTrax, through the Walk for a Dog mobile app, creates fundraising opportunities for shelters and rescues while encouraging dogs and their humans to exercise together regularly.  First, set up your account and select the shelter or rescue group you would like to support. Then simply press the “Start Walking for …” button and the app will keep track of your walk. It even credits indoor walks and runs! When your walk is stopped it is credited to your selected shelter or rescue. The amount of donations sent to your selected shelter or rescue is based on the number of people walking for that organization, the number of times they walk, and how far they walk. Donations are funded by sponsorship, advertising, and investors. I like that you get to upload a photo of your furry friend you are walking with. You can also rotate which group your walks support. The “About” tab will tell you how many people have walked how far for your currently selected group. You can also see how your individual contributions add to that total.

I use this app the most because I can choose to support local rescues groups that I am very active with, and it feels the most personalized.


Free, App Store and Google Play

Each week resQwalk announces a donation pool (check their Facebook page for information). In order for a rescue group to receive donations from the pool, supporters need to log on and keep the app open 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. Similar to Walk For A Dog, you can view your time and distance travelled history, and see the rescues you’ve supported along the way. ResQWalk was funded through a crowdsourcing campaign.

Have you used any of these apps while exercising? Which one is your favorite?