Helping Animals and People Both
Liz has always had a soft spot (and then some) for animals. We've never NOT had at least a pet (or more) in our almost 30 years of marriage. Visiting potential clients to talk about selling a home and that cat or dog that doesn't like ANYONE will probably be nosing around wanting to be petted. We've become the home for stray cats to find and we have two rescue Chihuahuas (Bunny & Tido) to go along with our unofficial cat rescue.
One thing seems to lead to another in life, and so is the story here. Liz's brother John fought cancer for years longer than the experts ever gave him. But as 2012 wound down, John's fight was nearing its final chapter. Liz went back home to Maryland to help take care of him during his final months until his passing Christmas night.
That chapter lead to her wanting to do more to take care of those in need, and our Chihuahua Bunny offered the avenue. Bunny is a dog that was on her final day before being rescued from the shelter by someone else, then on to us a few months later. We don't know her whole history, but she's a pretty special dog, special enough to become a certified pet therapy dog.
Bunny and Liz regularly visit our local hospice, providing comfort to the patients and family. Each week Bunny wears a different costume (she's got an entire wardrobe at this point!). And every other week she visits a local senior center. Bunny has her own fan club and we know her visits are a help in both places!
And Liz's care for animals and people doesn't stop there. She's also heavily involved with some of our local cat rescue groups. At any given time we have a number of foster cats staying with us, from kittens requiring bottle fed to kittens raised in a feral environment and in need of socialization so they can be adopted. In 2014 we've fostered over a dozen cats, and all but three have been adopted so far. And Liz regularly volunteers at a local Petsmart as an adoption host to encourage people to adopt cats.
And as the saying goes, that's not all! Liz also participates in Trap/Neuter/Release (although Release isn't always practiced with the kittens, that's where some of our foster kittens come from). She has her own collection of live traps and she's worked from downtown Cincinnati to northern Warren County this year trapping cats, with over 30 captures. The trap & neuter part of TNR is critical to keeping the cat populations in check.
A quote from our friend in North Carolina:
"I do not share my stories of paying it forward for recognition. I share them so that others might be inspired to do what they can, when they can, where they can. No more, no less." Tish Lloyd, North Carolina REALTOR®
Paying It Forward,
Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz