Pay It Forward Challenge - Katy Realtor November 2016

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Pay It Forward Challenge - Katy Realtor November 2016


Belinda Spillman  Broker/Owner of Aspen Lane Real Estate in Aurora CO created the Third Annual ActiveRain Pay it Forward Challenge for the month of November 2016. I have previously entered this Challenge by donating funds to various charities. This year I wanted to physically participate in my Pay it Forward activities.


As many of you who follow my Posts know we added a new family member last March when our little sweet dog Miss Duchess suddenly arrived in our lives. I just composed a post about how I am Grateful/ Thankful for having such a wonderful and loving little dog in our lives.  She was saved by my youngest Stepson Alex who truly is a dog whisper. Someone just dumped this tiny, abused, skinny and scared little dog for no apparent reason.


Shortly after Miss Duchess arrival in our home, I saw a few newscasts on local TV which discussed a serious crisis in the whole Houston area of what is estimated to be around 1 million dogs and numerous cats being homeless. This to me is a staggering number. I am not sure how this estimate was made but even if it is incorrect by 40 % the number is huge in my mind. I was shocked and amazed.


I started to become active with following the plight of dogs/cats in the local area and in other states by watching posts on various social media sites. I slowly started reposting dog and cat information and especially dog posts about homeless pets and nasty abuse. I guess I lived in some type of shell as I had no idea how bad this situation had become in our area and all across the country. Too many people just dump dogs and cats. Many of these situations happen for no apparent reason. Some dogs and cats get dumped or left in shelters as they are Seniors. Really what kind of person does something like that or abuses an innocent animal?


I think my whole family was completely caught off guard and surprised about my interest in this whole area. The more I investigated the more I wanted to do something to try to make a difference. Yolanda encouraged and told me to get involved even though I do have a very full plate.


Hence I decided to volunteer at a local animal shelter. I picked the Fort Bend County TX animal shelter as I follow this and their 501 c (3 )charity on Facebook. Periodically, the shelter has a push list of dogs which have to be adopted or else end up being euthanized. My goal is to try to help place dogs with new families and to go to the shelter to walk, talk, make these poor dogs feel better and play with them. We have also contributed to SOCA - FBC charity which raises funds to assist animals in need of medical attention.


On Saturday November 19, 2016 I attended a required Orientation for Volunteers session. There was fairly large group of folks who went through this session. I planned to volunteer this past Friday but could not make it due to appliance delivery and work before and after arrival of the washer and dryer. I want to spend a few hours this coming Saturday Dec. 3 working at the shelter. My goal is to volunteer at least once a month and to put on social media as many as possible posts about available homeless dogs and cats. If I can make just a small difference this experience will be a big success in mind.


Fort Bend Animal Shelter Volunteers.jpg


Picture is of the Volunteer Orientation i attended.


Pay It Forward Challenge - Katy Realtor November 2016



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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Good for you, that is wonderful.  A

Nov 29, 2016 04:27 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is a very good time for all of us to lend support to the causes that are important to us.

Nov 29, 2016 04:44 PM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Bob -- I hope that the number is exaggerated but as you wrote even if it's off by a large percentage, that's a staggering statistic.  Good for you for taking a pro-active role in this very important cause.

Nov 29, 2016 05:05 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm glad you are paying it forward by being involved in the animal rescue movement, Bob!  That is one thing I MUST not do!  I have no will-power over a fluffy face staring at me in need.

Every animal that has graced my door step in the last 30 years has been a rescue of one kind or another.  None were planned for, but all have been loved!

Nov 29, 2016 05:26 PM #5
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Bob,  This has now been the 2nd post from you that has moved me deeply.  Strange for not knowing you other than AR.  Thank you for the insights to a very unique soul.  Mark

Nov 29, 2016 06:24 PM #6
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Pay it forward can be a life line of a good deed that can have a major impact on life of the recipient.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludiwg

Nov 29, 2016 08:05 PM #7
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Here's a big virtual high five to you for your efforts with helping the homeless dogs and cats in your area. You know how near and dear the animals are to me. I'm so proud of you for the work you do. Keep it up!!!

Please post your success stories. I love hearing the good stuff. 

Every Tuesday I volunteer for three hours at the local thrift store that is there to benefit our local no kill shelter. 

Nov 29, 2016 08:26 PM #8
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Can you believe we are almost into December? Where has the year gone, certainly moving way to fast. Hope you finish out the year at a record pace.

Nov 29, 2016 08:46 PM #9
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob that is truly awesome keep in mind Diane goes once a week and what that leads to is more critters in the home:))Endre

ps did you get the email I sent you?

Nov 29, 2016 11:36 PM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bob. I am so glad for your attention to this issue which is close to my heart too. I hope you find a special pet you just can't leave at the shelter.

Nov 30, 2016 03:35 AM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Bob.  This is a great cause to help with and I hope you find many pooches new homes.

Nov 30, 2016 03:53 AM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is such a great way to pay it forward and I know that you are making a big difference!

Nov 30, 2016 06:28 AM #13
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

It is so nice of you to help these fur babies.  They can't speak for themselves and you are now their voice.

Nov 30, 2016 08:53 AM #14
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Bob - That's a cause we also feel very strongly about and support locally. Thanks for helping our furry friends find happy lives!

Nov 30, 2016 11:31 AM #15
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Great minds I did a Pay it Forward Challenge too.

Nov 30, 2016 01:34 PM #16
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thank you everyone for your support and nice comments. Our fur friends cannot speak for themselves and ordinary individuals need to be their voice and advocate. I hope to do just that.. 

Nov 30, 2016 02:10 PM #17
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Robert Bob Gilbert  That is very kind of you dogs and cats are our friends and companions and can bring love to many many people ...

Nov 30, 2016 02:35 PM #18
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Bob I read your posts on facebook and always wish we could help out more. All these critters need a forever home.  You are a wonderful guy for helping as many as you can find that home.  Bless you!

Nov 30, 2016 04:04 PM #19
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I am so proud of you for this but we need no new pups! Love you!

Dec 01, 2016 01:39 PM #20
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Paying it forward creates a good feeling in our heart.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 01, 2016 05:41 PM #21
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