Animals to benefit from ResQwalk

Nathan Liewicki
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Daryl, a five-year-old Redbone Coonhound, is one of many dogs and cats at the Moose Jaw Humane Society waiting for his forever home. 

MJHS joins free continental fundraiser

Your next morning run, or after dinner walk around the block could help raise money for the Moose Jaw Humane Society (MJHS).

Thanks to an American iPhone app called ResQwalk, the MJHS is reaping the early rewards of physically active Moose Javians.

According to Stephenie Campbell, promotions and education co-ordinator for the MJHS, it’s as easy as downloading the app, selecting the MJHS as your charitable beneficiary and going for a walk or run.

“We had heard that some of the other animal shelters in the province had gotten involved in it – the Regina Cat Rescue and the Saskatoon SPCA – and we thought that sounds like something we wanted to get in on,” Campbell told the Times-Herald on Monday.

The MJHS applied to become a ResQwalk beneficiary and was put on the list two weeks ago.

According to ResQwalk’s Facebook page, MJHS supporters walked 103 miles (165.7 kilometres) last week, which ranked the shelter eighth across Canada and the U.S.

Since joining ResQwalk, the MJHS has netted $23 from the pool of sponsored donations ResQwalk has received over that period.

The donations are divided up amongst the shelters involved per week and how many kilometres or miles have been walked by each of them.

“Every little bit helps,” said Campbell. “It's really cool because it doesn't cost us anything. It's totally free and it's a fun, different way to support the shelter. It encourages people to be active and it also helps us at the same time.”

However, in addition to the MJHS’ partnership with ResQwalk, Campbell noted that the shelter has been quite busy this summer with adoptions and the arrival of new dogs and cats to the shelter.

She said the last couple of weeks have been especially good as far as adoptions go.

“We probably had easily 10 cats adopted last week and also quite a few dogs have gone to homes in the last little while,” said Campbell.

“I feel very good about the animals that we've found homes for and I feel really good about the people that come in wanting to help the animals in whatever way.”

Still, adoption numbers are very unpredictable.

“It's a roller coaster here,” she added. “Just when we think we are getting ahead, we get another influx of animas needing new homes.”

As the MJHS receives more animals, they require more funding.

Upcoming fundraising events include the Barking Mad About Books sale, which is slated to run from Aug. 15 until Sept. 13 at the Town ‘N’ Country Mall, as well as the Paws for Pledges Radiothon in November.

“It's going to be the biggest book sale ever,” Campbell said. “We have a trailer full of books. It's probably more books than we've ever had for a book sale.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Canada, U.S., Country Mall

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