Fur babies all over North Texas also have this caring and driven real estate professional to thank for a safe and secure roof over their heads.
“When my daughter went off to college, I decided that volunteering at the North Texas Humane Society would be a good way to use my extra time and energy,” said Renee of Virginia Cook Realtors. That was 6 years ago. Since then, Renee has not only saved hundreds of lives through her tireless work at this open-door shelter, but she has personally fostered 50 dogs in her own home.
“It’s not easy work. It's often very sad when you see the condition in which some of the animals come to us,” said Renee. “But, it’s extremely gratifying. This is a volunteer effort where you can make an immediate difference.”
Renee notes that her focus at the animal shelter includes the employees. “The staff faces a lot of tough situations. By showing up every week, I try to encourage them, and remind them of how bad things would be for the animals without their efforts. Together, we stand in the gap of suffering.”
The good news is that there are many happy endings, and Renee’s career in real estate has allowed the flexibility to be a part of those stories. “If a dog gets well enough to go to a new home two hours away, you bet that I can and will drive him there,” she said. “I am so fortunate to be able to do that and still take good care of my clients.”
Renee’s volunteer work has also raised awareness among friends and clients about the desperate problem of overpopulation. “I’ve had so many tell me that now when they want a pet, they go to their shelter, not a breeder,” she explains.
Ask Renee, and she’ll tell you God has blessed her in so many ways… her family, her career, her lifestyle. If the animals she’s saved could speak, we’re pretty sure they would say Renee is their blessing.
About Hearts at Work…
Sheila Rice, Vice President of Virginia Cook Realtors says "We are so proud of Renee Eiband! She is a valued associate who truly exemplifies Virginia Cook, Realtors’ Hearts at Work program, created to honor and inspire volunteerism among our agents in the North Texas communities we serve and call home."