Recently, Coldwell Banker partnered with Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, to launch its national campaign, Homes for Dogsaimed to help 20,000 adoptable dogs find loving homes this year. Coldwell Banker is engaging its network of 87,000 independent sales associates to help through a variety of tactics, from volunteering at local shelters to spreading the word on social media. We asked our local California independent sales associates to share their unique stories on how they are involved in the animal community and helping furry friends find forever homes.

We’ll be updating this post regularly with new stories, so check back often.

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Coldwell Banker Woodside Hosts Dog and Cat Adoption Event

Pets make every day awesome—that’s why Coldwell Banker Woodside recently hosted a dog and cat adoption day, which was sponsored by Companions in Waiting Rescue & Adoption, a non-profit organization that works to help dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies become welcomed members of a family.

Independent Sales Associates, staff and community members came together to create a wonderful event that had a great turn out. Three dogs were adopted and went to their new forever homes. Among the adopted dogs were Mindy, a shepherd mix, Pup Pup, a senior Chihuahua, and Casper, a Lhasa mix. Some of the pets even received multiple applications!

The Woodside office decided to host this event because they wanted to do something for the community that would benefit pets and owners.

Janis Friedenberg Grube took the lead in organizing this adoption day and thanks to her experience in working with animals as a former veterinary nurse, she was able to make sure that this event was a true success for both the pets and their future owners.

Pictured below are some of the animals, staff members and Sales Associates during the event.

We’re glad these pets have found their forever homes!

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We Did It!

Did you hear the news? We helped find homes for 20,000 dogs in partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com! Thank you to all who have participated in adoption events, adopted a dog of your own, or shared our “Woof Wednesday” posts to help bring awareness to pets looking for their forever homes.

Photo Credit: Janis Friedenberg Grube

 

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Doug Eatough, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Roseville

Five years ago I had found a cute little rescue dog though a website in Sacramento. It only had one eye and the other eye was questionable. So after a few days of trying to get in touch with the non-profit organization that holds rescues, I was given an appointment. When I met the dog I had seen on the website it was much older and, more concerning, it did not have a great temper. I was disappointed because it didn’t seem like a good fit. The non-profit asked if I was specifically looking for a dog with physical challenges. After saying it wasn’t a requirement but I would like a dog that needed some help, they brought out a 14 pound pitch black puppy with a back foot missing. I decided that this was one unusual overly cute dog and might be the one for me.

I was ready to do the two week trial period, so they put her back in a fenced-in area as I signed the documents and paid the fees. With only three feet, she climbed the fencing to the top begging me to take her home. She sat quietly through the ride home watching every move I made and the cars and buildings whizzing by. I got her in the month of April so I named her April, thought I probably should have called her Patience since she is so very patient and hardly ever makes a peep unless challenged or wants to protect me. April is now 20 pounds and full of good health. She ended up being one happy dog with really happy owners. A wonderful addition to the family!

 

National Pet Adoption Weekend

 

Coldwell Banker will be sponsoring the first ever Homes for Dogs National Pet Adoption Weekend, August 1-2, 2015, as part of the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project. Coldwell Banker offices across the United States, along with shelters and rescue groups in the Adopt-a-Pet.com network, are joining forces for one of the largest adoption events of the year. Dogs have and always will be such as integral part of our homes. From the moment they greet us at the front door, they are our constant companions. We are proud to be a part of this outstanding campaign and we know this nationwide event will help draw attention to the thousands of adoptable pets in need of homes and truly make an impact on the local community.

For information, please visit adoptapet.com/homesfordogs.

 

How I Found My Best Friend

Terri Brown, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Palo Alto – Downtown

Terri Brown’s love for dogs began on her fifth birthday when her father pulled up in his red-and-white Ford pickup with a beagle puppy in his lap – her most memorable birthday present. She named him Smootch and they became fast friends. Living on a remote farm in southern Idaho, Terri relished in her newfound friend and playmate. Sadly, Smootch was lost to a coyote trap two years later, but his memory lived on with Terri. Fast forward 40 years and Terri had given homes to a number of rescue cats, but no dogs. That would all change when she made the move from San Francisco to Los Altos Hills. Finally in the right environment to consider owning a dog again, Terri went to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley and found a dog named Penny. However, Penny wasn’t cat friendly so she couldn’t go home with Terri. The staff then introduced her to a small, white, scruffy poodle mix with his tail between his legs and fear in his black-button eyes. He had been a stray on the streets of San Jose and the staff rescued him from the San Jose pound where he was scheduled to be put down. They named him Reggie and every employee at the Shelter kept pitching the merits of Reggie, but Terri was firm that she didn’t want a poodle. Finally, they convinced her to take him into one of the play rooms and give him a chance. Terri quickly learned why his namesake was Reggie Jackson, the famous Yankee’s baseball player. His enthusiasm for his little red ball was infectious and within 20 minutes Terri knew she had found “the one.”

“Reggie has turned out to be special – smart, confident, well behaved, playful, healthy and absolutely adorable! He is part of our family and my very best friend.” – Terri Brown

The Humane Society of Silicon Valley is an amazing facility. Established in 1929, HSSV has served Silicon Valley for 80 years and found homes for more than 500,000 animals. All animals in HSSV’s adoption program are sheltered until they are placed in a loving home. HSSV is an “open door” facility and accepts animals’ 24-hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of any temperament or health related problems. To volunteer, adopt or foster a pet or for more information about the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, visit hssv.org

Coldwell Banker Roseville-Granite Bay Chili de Mayo

Chili Cook-Off and Fundraiser

Join Coldwell Banker Roseville-Granite Bay on May 1 for an evening of food, friends and fun! The event will benefit Roseville Home Start, Keaton Raphael Memorial and Placer SPCA. Tickets include unlimited chili, cornbread and salad. There will be a live band, Barton Douglas Band, as well as a silent and live auction with amazing prizes. Also look out for the hot chili dogs! Placer SPCA in Roseville is bringing their pet mobile with dogs to teach the community about adoptions and raising awareness to help find homes for dogs who desperately need them. The dogs they bring will be up for adoption at the event.

The Chili de Mayo Chili Cook-Off takes place on May 1 at the Maidu Community Center from 5-9pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

To kick off the fun, Kristin Marshall from Good Day Sacramento visited Coldwell Banker in Roseville and challenged some brave souls to a hot pepper challenge! Check out the video here and the aftermath here.

 

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More Than Just A Pet Project

Because dogs make happy homes even happier, Coldwell Banker has partnered up with Adopt-a-Pet.com to help 20,000 dogs find loving homes in 2015 through the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project.

Not only do pets make us happier at home, but they can also make us healthier. Dogs encourage us to get outside and exercise, and studies have also shown that they increase dopamine levels, causing us to relax and de-stress.

It’s no secret that our pets provide us great happiness at home. But, what can we do to make sure our pets are happy at home as well? Learn more in this segment of LXTV Open House about the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project.

Coldwell Banker Saratoga Goes to the Dogs

Photos from the Coldwell Banker Saratoga Doggie & Ice Cream Social

The Coldwell Banker Saratoga Doggie & Ice Cream Social was pawsitively adorable. Here are just a few of our favorite photos. You can check out more pictures here.

The event, held April 9 from 11:30am-2:00pm at the Coldwell Banker Saratoga Office, included a pet trainer, mobile pet groomer, photo booth, and a special guest appearance by Canine Officer Nas and his human partner, Officer Barker. There was also was pizza for the guests, and for their furry counterparts, “doggie bags” provided by Pet Food Express of Saratoga.

A special thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success, including:

  • NARF, Nike Animal Rescue Foundation, represented by Jennifer Hopkins
  • K9 Officer Nas demonstration and information session with his human partner Officer Bart Barker
  • Mobile Dog Grooming by Dondakay and Buff, TLC Pet Resort
  • Pup Star Dog Training with Diane Troup
  • Doggie bags and treats provided by Jill and Stacey, Pet Food Express of Saratoga
  • Beverages provided by Reggie Price, Princeton Capital
  • Pizza/food provided by Kim Larkin, American Home Shield
  • Photo Booth provided by Jacque Ryan, Disclosure Source
  • Mutt Mitt Bags and prizes
  • Tiffany Birch, Gentry Magazine

Proceeds for this event went to NARF (Nike Animal Rescue Foundation). To learn more about this vital organization, visit narfrescue.org.

A Dog Day Afternoon

Coldwell Banker Saratoga to Host a Doggie & Ice Cream Social

On Thursday, April 9, the Coldwell Banker Saratoga Office is hosting a fun afternoon of socializing and treats for Coldwell Banker Agents, the community and their four-legged friends. There will be a photo booth, dog trainer, treats and freebies from Pet Food Express, a food truck, raffle and silent auction items. A portion of the proceeds will go towards benefiting animals at Pet Food Express in Saratoga and the office will also be collecting donations (dog toys, bowls, beds, food, etc., in addition to any monetary donations) for NARF (Nike Animal Rescue). Learn more about the event on their Facebook page.

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No Dog Left Behind

James Dillinger Grant, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Venice

If you can’t find James Dillinger Grant at the office, you can bet he is out making a difference in lives of helpless animals. Primarily working with Animal Wellness Foundation and Grace Animal Rescue, James has been heavily involved in the animal rescue community for years volunteering at local shelters, hosting adoption events, and fostering homeless dogs. Dedicated to finding pooches their forever homes, James has placed dogs from all over the world into loving homes, successfully rescuing them from unfortunate circumstances. When he can’t immediately place furry critters, James fosters them to ensure they receive proper medical attention and any special training needed for them find forever families. Responsible for finding homes for over 250 pups last year, James is committed to positively impacting the community through his dedication to dogs everywhere.

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Completing the Family

Jackie Fiske, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Sunset Strip

Jackie Fiske not only finds great properties for her clients, but also connects them with furry friends to complete their families. Jackie met her clients Mike & Sara, when the couple had to relocate from NYC to LA. Sara was looking forward to moving out west and finally having the space for a dog to join the family. During the lease negotiations, Jackie even incorporated a clause in their lease that allowed all dog breeds to live in the home. After Jackie found them the perfect LA apartment, she introduced Mike & Sara to Dirty Dog Squad, an independent rescue group based in Venice that actively assists with dog fostering and adoption within the community. They went on to foster and adopt Wally, a husky mix, who was the perfect fit for their growing family.

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A Vision for an Animal Sanctuary

Alyssa Baxter- Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Mission Valley

From an early age, Alyssa Baxter knew her passion (besides real estate of course!) was helping animals. She tried volunteering, helping numerous organizations foster and help less fortunate animals, but it wasn’t enough. In February 2013, Alyssa fulfilled her dreams by founding SENA Animal Rescue, recently receiving non-profit status. SENA’s mission is to build a large condominium style facility where every dog can stay in the comfort and care of SENA’s sanctuary until a loving home is found.  Since 2013, Alyssa has been fundraising to help raise the $2,500,000 needed to build the complex in Ranchita, CA and late last year, launched phase one of her mission, which includes finding loving foster homes for these dogs. She has since teamed up with Adopt-A-Pet to spread awareness of her organization and help these homeless dogs find a second chance at happiness.

Click Here to check out her recent interview with San Diego’s Channel 6 News.

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Oxnard Event

Finding Home, One Dog at a Time

Coldwell Banker® Oxnard Beach to Host Adoption Event

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Oxnard Beach has teamed up with Ventura County Animal Service (VCAS) to host a dog adoption event. Recently becoming a no kill shelter, VCAS’ primary mission is finding forever homes for homeless animals while educating the community through public outreach.

The adoption event will be held at the Oxnard Beach branch office on March 8th 10am-2pm and approximately 10 dogs will be able for adoption. The independent sales associates at Oxnard Beach have graciously sponsored these adorable dogs, covering adoption fees, first shots, initial veterinarian visit, obedience training, and neutering/spaying, valued at $125 per dog. At no-cost to you, adoption has never been easier.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to find a new four-legged family member. If you are not ready to adopt, you can also help by volunteering, fostering animals, or donating. Visit CBHomesForDogs.com to get started.

Adoption Event Information:

Address: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage located at 112 Los Altos, Oxnard, California 93035

Date/Time: Sunday, March 8th 10am-2pm

For more information on the adoption event, contact Andrew Orozco, Marketing Coordinator of the Oxnard Beach branch office at Andrew.orozco@camoves.com or 805-985-4444. Check out their Facebook for the latest event details.

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Rolling with Damon

Damon Kronsberg- Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Brentwood

Damon Kronsberg has a unique marketing tool— a 1962 postal delivery truck turned community service vehicle called the Real Estate Roller. He uses the Roller to market his business and support local charities at community events. For numerous years, Damon has worked with Cause 4 Paws Dog Rescue, a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from the city’s kill shelters and places them in qualified homes. By helping raise funds and aiding local adoption events, Damon has contributed to the placement of countless dogs throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.

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To help more dogs find a forever homes, visit CBHomesForDogs.com to search adoptable dogs, find volunteer opportunities, and more ways you can help.