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Relocating with Pets

Real Estate Agent with Domain Realty

Prior to becoming a Real Estate Sales Associate in Florida, I volunteered for over a decade as Executive Director of Northcoast Bird Adoption and Rehabilitation Center, Inc. in Cleveland Ohio. So, like most people in rescue, I have acquired a lot of pets.

When I decided to move to Florida, it was never even a consderation to give my pets away "because I was moving." This is one of the main reasons people give up their pets. It required a lot of planning and preparation to move 11 animals (7 parrots, 2 Dobermans and 2 cats) across the country, but it is entirely achievable.

You must first decide whether you want to hire a pet moving service that takes care of shipping, etc. of your pets or if you are going to handle the relocation of them yourself. I chose to handle it myself. I am most comfortable when they are entirely in my care so that I can attend to their needs myself.

It took 2 days and 2 SUV's to move the pets, along with their carriers, food and water for the trip, and stands for the parrots to perch on while in the hotel room where we stopped to sleep.

It was a bit stressful (mostly for me), but all in all, they made the trip with no problem and no worse for wear. After living in florida for 3 years, I can say it was well worth the work because I can't imagine a day without my flock. All are thriving in the sunshine state!

If you need advice on relocating with pets, please contact me and I'll be happy to help! You never have to leave your pets behind. Make the effort, they will be forever gratful.

Pam Simpson
Bob Leigh & Assoc., LLC - Senatobia, MS
GRI, Broker-Assoc.

Kim-I've never understood how someone can leave a pet behind when moving.  I guess because I tend to "humanize" my pets.  One of my dogs -a German Shepherd- I got because my client was moving out of town and did not want to take the dog with him.  Most people were afraid of him (the dog-not the client), but we got along great.  I've had him now for a couple of years and he has become part of our family.

Dec 03, 2008 07:26 AM
Kevin Sandridge
Signature Home Funding - Winter Haven, FL
Winter Haven Mortgage Broker


Hey Kim, and Welcome to the Rain!

Kevin Sandridge, here.  I joined the Active Rain community not too long ago myself and wanted to drop a line to share some of the good vibes and welcome wishes I have received already.

My girlfriend and I were just talking about what happens to pets in situations where folks have to leave their home due to foreclosure.  Both of our pups are rescued dogs, and it's an issue close to our hearts.

On All Things Rain

I'm very excited about this community - basically because folks seem so willing to help out, provide industry insight, and share their good news and experiences!

When I started out on Active Rain, I felt a little overwhelmed.  I hope the following points and suggested sites will help bring you into the mix!  Just my way of saying that I'm glad you're here.


One:  Be sure to include a good amount of information on your profile page.  Check out the profiles on other Realtor's sites here on Active Rain who are listed as "Featured" or "Tops" in their area (look for high point totals).  You'll find that this will seriously boost your presence on ActiveRain - via the added points. 

Two: I urge you to keep blogging on this site!  You will be AMAZED at the awesome feedback you receive very soon after they hit the network!  I use Google Reader to subscribe to blogs that provide me with ideas about what I'd like to comment on - both industry wise and just for fun!  Check it out I am more than willing to step you through the site and to help you get a few more blog posts generated if you wish - as a way of adding some value and paying forward some good networking vibes!  :)

Three: Be sure to add in a good number of posts about what you think and consider pertinent regarding your area of expertise!  You'll notice that many if not all of the Featured posting bloggers here on AR do this.

Lastly, I do quite a lot of work via social networks, email campaigns, and relationship building.  If I can ever be of any assistance, don't hesitate to ask.

Here are a few great sites to visit (some of my favorites).  If you like the information they provide, be sure to let them know I sent you!

  • Bloodhoung Blog - Greg Swann, Bloodhound Realty (They also offer a FREE RE Blog Service!) Note: These guys are way, way, way ahead of the curve.  Hold on tight.  It's gonna be a wild ride!

  • Real Estate Tomato - site maintained by Jim Cronin.  A must see for new Real Estate Bloggers!

  • Seth Godin's Blog - The Reigning Permission Marketing Guru.  Check out his latest book, Tribes!

  • The Real Estate Zebra - Daniel Rothamel is a one of a kind inspiration in the Real Estate Blogging arena.  Do yourself a favor and check out his site.

  • Jeff Turner's Main Page - Jeff is always on top of what's happening in the world of social networking and media!  Absolutely make this page a part of your learning experience!

  • The Florida Mortgage Blogger - Ok - so I had to plug my own site!  Check it out.  Would love to have you on as a subscriber! 

Looking forward to what you'll share with us all here on Active Rain!  :)


Kevin Sandridge

Winter Haven, FL


Dec 03, 2008 07:55 AM
Jean Terry
Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C. - Spartanburg, SC

Hi and welcome to Active Rain. A great site to network, share, learn and have fun. Good Luck!

Dec 03, 2008 08:54 AM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Kim,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to you!


Dec 03, 2008 10:45 AM
Greg Steffens
Mountain Country Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Hey Kim - Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post.  Be sure to spend some time looking around at what and how others are blogging here - it is a great education and lots of fun.  Looks like you're off to a great start...keep it up!

Dec 03, 2008 10:50 AM
Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Real Estate TeamMates - Miami, FL

Kim....Welcome to ActiveRain.  This is a great community to network with others as well a great place to learn from other's experiences and knowledge.  I've enjoyed it; I hope you enjoy it as well.  Congrats on your first post.

Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Exit Prime Realty
Coral Gables, FL  33134

Miami Short Sale Specialist - Profile

Dec 03, 2008 12:32 PM
Yvette Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to the Active Rain community. This is a great site with lots of information.  Have fun with it and hope to see more of your blogs soon! 

Dec 03, 2008 11:19 PM