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What to do with Fido? The Tri-Cities echoes a disturbing national trend

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An unfortunate side effect of a slowing economy is the affect dwindling finances can have on the family pet. When someone needs to weigh buying food for the family vs. buying food for an animal, the family is going to win, every time.

Home sales are down in the Tri-Cities, and foreclosures are on the rise (32 more trustee sales Jan-May than in ’07). When people lose their house, they might stay with relatives, or rent an apartment or another house. So the family has a roof over their head. But, what if they can’t bring their pet with them?

These factors combine to create a sad world right now for local animals. People are dropping their animals off “in the middle of nowhere” and not looking back, as detailed here in this story from KNDU-TV. And even when the dogs are picked up within the city limits and brought in to Animal Control, guess what? When the owner is notified that their animal has been found, they don’t come pick up their pet!!!

This is one of the ways the little ol’ Tri-Cities is like other cities all over the nation. Pet shelters are busting at the seams in places large and small, as detailed in this Consumerist post.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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