With the plethora of apps we’re bombarded with each day to find movies, book dinner, retouch photos, post pictures, and check the weather and so on, it’s not a wonder we forget about apps that exist to make us better pet parents (and I’m not talking about the ones for cat painting or chasing goldfish!).
Today I’d like to share three apps with you that ever pet parent should download immediately. These apps will help your furry family member as well as those beautiful animals still seeking forever homes. Both the ResQwalk and ASPCA apps are hot off the presses having launched barely a week ago, and the Red Cross Pet First Aid app is a classic must-have.
ResQwalk is a free app that enables users to raise money for 500+ animal rescues and shelters around the country that care for rabbits, horses, cats and dogs just by walking! To make sure your favorite organization gets a slice of the weekly donation pool, just get off the sofa and hit the pavement!
Go on with every day tasks and raise funds while walking your dog, getting coffee, skipping through the mall, or just take laps around the block! It’s a great way for cash-and-time-strapped animal lovers to do their part. At the end of the week donations are paid to the various groups proportional to the total distance walked by all supporters.
As an added bonus, it works as a fitness app, tracking how much you walk each day and cumulatively! A total win-win for humans and pets! Currently ResQwalk is available for iPhone, but do to popular demand, an Android version is in the works!
ASPCA launched a free app with several key features. It provides critical advice on what to do if your pet goes missing with step-by-step instructions on what to do depending on the circumstance, along with helping build a digital flyer to distribute instantly across social media channels.
The app also allows pet owners to store and manage vital medical records, as well as providing information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters – even when there’s no connectivity! Additionally, it provides a stream of relevant news about pet welfare so you’re always in the know.
And what app would be complete without an Instagram stream of cute pet photos? They’ve got that too! The ASPCA app is available for both iPhones and Androids so no excuses people!
American Red Cross Pet First Aid First launched in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in December 2013, this app has been called, “a lifesaver for beloved four legged companions,” by Times News.
The app is intended to assist pet owners with the information they need until professional help arrives. First aid steps are included for over 25 common pet situations through a combination of text, video and images. By providing videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice, it’s never been easier to know pet first aid (how to give CPR etc) and helping a pet’s condition to determine if there is an emergency at-hand – what’s considered “normal” breathing etc.
In addition, the app helps identify common toxic substances, locates the nearest emergency vet hospital or pet-friendly hotels and allows for the programming of your vets information so it’s always at hand. Most recently the app was translated to Spanish and can be downloaded for iPhone, Android and Kindle. What more could you want for 99 cents?
So get off Twitter and FB messenger for three minutes and download these apps now. You won’t be sorry. You’ll be ready to help your pet should the time come, and in the meantime you can easily help other pets in need.