Helping Animals and People Both

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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. 


Bunny Chihuahua


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!


Cats cats and more cats


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

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Blatt + Cutino
Keller Williams Coastal Estates - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

Your story is inspiring! My twin girls are also pet lovers. This year for their 9th birthday (which is in May) they want to have their birthday at the SPCA - with NO gifts for them. Invitees eith bring a monetary donation to the SPCA or food/blankets. They came up with this idea on their own..

On another note, I have family and friends in your area..if anyone ever needs your help as a Realtor..I will send them your way!

Dec 31, 2014 10:35 PM #29
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Loving them is easy...its taking proper care of them that remains the issue.

Dec 31, 2014 10:41 PM #30
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

BLiz, it is a great thing to do...I am always so got me to go out and rescue another cat 2 months ago who is my sweetie now..happy new year!maine coon rescue cat

Dec 31, 2014 10:50 PM #31
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I would be more of an animal person but I am allergic to everything. Even the "hypo-allergenic" animals. Which is why it's such a miracle that the stray cat that appeared on our doorstep out of nowhere has not affected me at all. We took her in a little over a year ago and I've had zero reaction to her. It's pretty crazy. 

Dec 31, 2014 11:02 PM #32
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Joan, Glad you've got a local organization you can support!  Volunteers make a huge difference in the pet non-profit arena.

Laura, It's a win-win!

Joe, And they each have their own unique personalities too.  Fun to have around!

Debbie, She is something special :)

Jenna, Some of the neighborhoods Liz has worked on the trapping would fall into the "not so nice" category, but in each of those places there is someone there that cares about the cats enough to try to feed and take care of them, and who reaches out for help. 

Angelica, VERY cool on your daughters' parts to hold thier birthday party to benefit the SPCA!  And of course we'd be happy to take care of friends and family for you!

Richie, And unfortunately too many people forget the "taking care of them" part.  It's both a financial and time commitment.

Ginny, Glad we were an influence :)   And don't they have that "look at me" stare when you're trying to get something done??

Nicole, When it's meant to be, it all works out :) 

Jan 01, 2015 12:07 AM #33
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I totally get it!  My philanthropy heavily skews toward animal and rescue groups.  

But I'm really impressed that your chihuahua is a rescue dog.  Ours would never be that nice to strangers!chihuahua

Jan 01, 2015 03:15 AM #34
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I totally get it and am gob-smacked by how dedicated Liz is to this cause! But that's what it takes--totally dedicated volunteers.

Jan 01, 2015 03:44 AM #35
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


I don't know what I would do without a pet in my life. I'm sure that the people who can't have them enjoy the Bunny visits.


Jan 01, 2015 04:52 AM #36
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Margaret, Bunny was always a gentle Chi.  Tido needed some work because when we first got him he'd fear bite.  He's acclimated fine now, but he'd never be a therapy dog.

Nina, It takes a lot of them to keep the organizations working.

Rich, It's got to be tough to transition to a place that won't allow your pets.

Jan 01, 2015 06:05 AM #37
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

We do not have any pets due to my wife's allergies.  I sure do respect those who do pet rescue though.  And I really love the stories about therapy dogs!!

Jan 01, 2015 11:28 AM #38
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a wonderful tribute to Liz and her efforts with pet rescue and adoption.  I'm sure it's both of you contributing.  My hats of to you both!

Jan 01, 2015 11:54 AM #39
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Mike, We know the therapy dog visits help, so nice to be able to have the means to do so.

Jan, She does the heavy lifting, I'm more background support.

Jan 01, 2015 11:58 AM #40
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

BLiz - what a great post to read this morning - I have four rescued cats, one of whom I adopted after fostering the litter. It's a lot of fun in addition to helping out. 

Jan 01, 2015 09:08 PM #41
Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA

Very heartwarming story Bliz. Thank you Liz for all that you do. We need more people to do the same thing. There are not enough of us that try to do all that we can do for these animals. Keep up the great work! 

Jan 01, 2015 09:09 PM #42
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Liz and Bill, Your post was such a feel-good post.  I love animals and am often called when people cannot find housing with pets and multiple pets.  Like Richard, I cannot imagine my life without a pet.  

Jan 01, 2015 11:31 PM #43
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

B'Liz, Willie the Labradoodle loves this post.  He's standing wagging his tail.  Socializing kittens can be a really fun job for some of the local children.  Playing with the little guys makes such a difference as they grow up.

Jan 02, 2015 01:27 AM #44
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
PREA Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA

Liz and Bill Spear - I love that you rescue!  Your fur babies are beautiful.  Your love and generosity is heartwarming.

Our most recent dog Otis (Jill Murty's spokesdog Otis) started out as a foster and ended up permanent.  We joined the ranks of foster failures.

Jan 02, 2015 02:39 AM #45
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Bill, I tried fostering some dogs a few years ago. It was a disaster. My heart is with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the work they do with kids. Follow your passion. That's why what Liz does is so special.

Jan 02, 2015 04:11 AM #46
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Carol, We've only kept one of the foster cats (so far).  The early bunch of cats found us and decided they were adopting us :)

Bobbie, Unfortunately there will never be a shortage of need for animal and people care.

Elyse, We've never been without some form of furry critter(s) in our home.  Doubt we ever will be.

Pat, It certainly helps them be more adoptable, although that initial kitten training also involves some blood loss as they don't seem to realize that they have Ginzu knives on the end of their paws :)

Jill, The ever present danger of foster failure :)  They're all so cute and it would be so easy to keep "just one more" :)

Connie, Exactly, go with your passion!


Jan 02, 2015 04:43 AM #47
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Nice work Liz.

Our first rescue (and my 1st pet ever), somehow got he and I hooked into going to the US Soldiers Home to work with their elderly patients.  A real blessing for me, and I know it was good for the patients,  and our dog.

Liz, you are doing the work of angels.

Jan 02, 2015 02:19 PM #48
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