Find Your Best Friend at Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs on September 9

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Because everyone deserves a loving home.

Coldwell Banker is a big name in helping people find homes. But on Saturday, Sept. 9, they’re adding some new clients to their roster – the four-footed, tail-wagging sort. In partnership with, Coldwell Banker founded the Homes for Dogs Project in 2015 with the goal of helping our canine friends find homes during National Pet Adoption Weekend.  Last year alone, the partnership homed over 22,000 dogs.

Realtor Cody Farris joined the event this year and is passionate about making it a success. “This is a cause that has already made a big difference, and I wanted to see if we could take it to the next level this year,” he said.

A lifelong animal-lover, Farris takes his responsibilities to these furry clients personally. “I grew up with dogs and I’m a big pet person,” he added. “This is really close to my heart.”

Farris isn’t alone. Coldwell Banker agents across the country come together at the Homes for Dogs event to make an impact on what they see as a very personal mission.

“There’s the joke that goes, ‘My dog rescued me, not the other way around,’ ” said Realtor Andrew Hoodwin. “That’s absolutely true. Obviously, the dogs need it, but the owners get so much more out of the adoption. Yeah, there are costs to take care of them. They take time, you have to walk them and all of that, but just the emotional aspect has just been wonderful.”

Hoodwin, who adopted Cammie, a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix in February, said she is his constant source of comfort. “She fills a void in my life, and I love her to death,” he said. “She’s been sent from God, as far as I’m concerned.”

He also points out that there are practical advantages to being a pet owner. For starters, kids who grow up in homes with dogs tend to be healthier. Dogs also make for great exercise motivators. “They’re also great social ice breakers,” Hoodwin said. “I can’t tell you how many people I talk to just because I have a dog with me.”

Finding homes for these dogs grows more pressing as Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters take a toll on shelters and pet rescues across the state. Many shelters have been sending their furry guests northward, in hopes of freeing up space and resources for those displaced by the storm. Everyone is feeling the pressure.

“The need is immense,” said Hoodwin. “Just immense.”

Join Coldwell Banker’s Homes for Dogs Project this Saturday and who knows? You might just find your new best friend.


Homes for Dogs Event Details

Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 10 AM to 2 PM, unless otherwise noted.

Allen Office:


816 W McDermott Drive #308,

Allen, TX 75013


Forney/Terrell Office:

Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors

571 S. FM 548, Suite 132

Forney, TX 75126


Garland/Firewheel Office:

The Common Area of Firewheel Town Center

Garland, TX 75040


McKinney Office:


15942 Eldorado Parkway,

Frisco, TX 75032


Plano Office:



16281 North Coit Road,

Dallas, TX 75248

Note: Time is 10AM – 4PM


Richardson Office:

Pet Supplies Plus

200 North Coit Road, Suite 330


Rockwall Office:


2689 Market Center Drive,

Rockwall, TX 75032

Note: Time is 1PM – 5PM


Rowlett Office:

Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors

4016 Rowlett Road,

Rowlett, TX 75088


For more information, or to learn how you can donate, visit


Heather Hunter

In addition to a 15-year career in marketing and communications, Heather is an accomplished freelance writer and has contributed to The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column and “The United States of Dating” on National Public Radio. Her blog, This Fish Needs a Bicycle, was syndicated by NBC Universal (iVillage) for four years. As a ghostwriter, her work has appeared in publications such as WIRED and Stadia Magazine

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  1. Cody Farris says

    Great piece, Heather! Thanks for highlighting this great cause. I’ll be at the Pet Supplies Plus at 200 N. Coit Road in Richardson (our partners for this location are The City of The Colony, and Lab Rescue). Let’s find homes for all these great pets!

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