s3133nw276a1lxmyEarlier this week, The National Association of Realtors® recognized 10 Realtors® as finalists for REALTOR® Magazine’s 2013 Good Neighbor Awards. Among them was Arizona’s own Brenda Breit of The Empowered Team, LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Since 2008, Breit has been rescuing pets that were abandoned as a result of evictions, foreclosures and financial hardship. She and her daughter formed Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, which provides shelter for up to 80 animals, a pet food bank, and a spay/neuter voucher program and also helps pet owners find pet-friendly rentals. A tireless advocate who has recruited more than 100 Realtors® to volunteer, Breit has helped rescue more than 2,200 abandoned pets and reunited 250 pets with their owners.

Brenda BreitIn October five winners will be selected from among the 10 finalists to receive national media exposure and a $10,000 grant for their community cause. Winners will also receive travel expenses to the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, where they will accept their awards at a presentation in front of thousands of their peers. The five honorable mentions will receive a $2,500 grant. The winners will be featured in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine.

Congratulations, Brenda and Lost Our Home Pet Foundation. To see the other finalists, visit www.realtor.org.