OOOH! The Troubles I Have Seen,,,,

Real Estate Agent with Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

Not so long ago, I was working in the REO business.  But, I found that I really couldn’t take it.  I didn’t quit so much as I cut back, which sometimes means you quit to the asset managers. 


I had had my fill of left belongings and pets.  The pets really bothered me, kittens, dogs, iguanas (how are they supposed to survive in winter with no electricity meaning no heat?). 


So, I took some time off.


Not surprisingly, there were others to take my place and if you lose your place in the pecking order, there is no coming back, I guess.


I am now faced with clients with no money to eat.  Let alone care for pets.  And, so I get out my handy-dandy resource guide, and give them some direction on where to get food.  But resources are limited in Wright County for free to nominally-priced pet food. 


I wonder if anyone knows of a program like Sherburne County’s where people can get reasonably-priced pet food. 


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Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

I don't know of any. I know PAWS in our area is asking for donations. Just dropped a bag of cat food. Takes public support. Good luck with it.

Apr 30, 2012 06:53 AM #1
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hey Suzanne if you find reasonably-priced pet food let me know. One would think Dixie is eating prime rib as expensive as her food is!  At one time all the animal shelters in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho NM areas were running over with pets that could no longer be fed.  Sad....

Apr 30, 2012 07:32 AM #2
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

John, I know,   It is really tough for pet owners.  Most of the time we make our own food, but there are many people who barely have the capacity to make their own food. 

Apr 30, 2012 07:39 AM #3
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Suzanne - The sadness of these situations and the amount of innocent suffering can be overwhelming, and it has become a part of our industry that we can't afford to ignore. There are so many dimensions to the problems, and I hope that you find something for the animals.


Apr 30, 2012 07:55 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hello Suzanne. This breaks my heart. If you set up a Paypal account I will make a donation. Also check with local rescue groups who may be able to help. Finally frequently, the big chain pet stores often discard pet food once the expiration date comes and goes. If someone speaks to the store manager quietly, I'll bet they would help.

Apr 30, 2012 08:23 AM #5
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

Often Food Banks for people also get donations of pet food and if you go to them and qualify you can get some. Get friendly with managers and stock people at local grocery stores. Sometimes they will let you know when stuff is getting tossed.

Apr 30, 2012 09:26 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Suzanne -- I think Leslie(comment 6) has the right idea and I believe that some of the food banks have been given donations of pet food(primarily cat and dog).   It truly is a very sad situation.    

Apr 30, 2012 11:05 AM #7
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Unfortunately, in our county, the food shelves do not distribute pet food as they do in Sherburne and some of the other counties, and that is an issue for quite a few people.  And, those counties only let the residents of their own counties have access to the pet food banks. 

Apr 30, 2012 11:08 AM #8
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Some animal shelters do have assistance for those that need it. Check with the local shelters, and see what Walmart can do for you. Sometimes they have ripped pet food bags in the back they can sell for cheap. Give the manager a sob story and see what happens.

I did a lot of bank owned selling for the last two years. I have some blogs on that. It was emotionally difficult at times. Some asset companies are great to work with and others make you feel like you are two inches tall. They can be very demanding. This year I've scaled way back. Intentionally, but don't tell my broker that.

Apr 30, 2012 12:54 PM #9
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Working with REO's can be more than challenging and burn out is a common result.

Apr 30, 2012 01:01 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Suzanne- this is so sad.  Have you checked with not only the shelters but your local animal control? Ask your vet as well .  They may know of some organization that will offer assistance.

Apr 30, 2012 01:32 PM #11
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

I think it is an executive decision.  We cannot be at all places at all times.  I too have decided to give up my rental business since it's not as lucrative as it used to be and I have lost my patience with renters unless they are referrals or rentals of $5000 and above.

Apr 30, 2012 01:46 PM #12
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If a request is put into the food shelves, I  know that they will request some from donators that as what is needed.

Apr 30, 2012 02:17 PM #13
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

There are places here in Sherburne County, but I know that finding pet food in Wright is tough.  Good luck.

Apr 30, 2012 11:55 PM #14
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


Wow.. Check with the local pet shelters. There is a program here where meals on Wheels ( for seniors/shutins) can also get food for their pets. We have a Katy Christian Miistries that I know collects pet food for their clients. Good luck as these stories always really bother me.

May 01, 2012 02:44 AM #15
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I have checked dozens of leads, but still haven't found anything.   I will try to  appeal to the local grocery stores, and I will let you know.

May 01, 2012 04:34 AM #16
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Suzanne, have you thought of partnering with one of your favorite pet businesses with good foot traffic to do pet food drives?  Maybe quarterly?

May 01, 2012 09:45 AM #17
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Suzanne, I can't believe it. This stinks. Do you have a Paypal site?

May 02, 2012 12:26 AM #18
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

I can understand how the troubles of others and their pets could get to you.

May 31, 2012 01:25 AM #19
Marshall Enterprises
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Antiques, Lawn Care, and Trashouts

Boy, I know what a big heart you have....and I can't imagine doing that!

Dec 05, 2012 01:41 AM #20
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