With 10.7 million people moving with their pets every year in the United States alone, it’s not surprising that the idea of creating an all inclusive Resource for pet owners moving with their pets is a good one.  

According to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association in a 2005-06 survey, 63 percent of all U.S. households own pets. This translates to more than 69 million households, up from 51 million in 1988. That’s about 74 million dogs and 91 million cats.

And a July 2007 cover story from Business Week confirms that Americans spend an astonishing $41 billion a year on their furry friends, double the amount spent a decade ago. That’s more than what Americans spend annually on movies ($10.8 billion), video games ($11.6 billion), and music ($10.6 billion) combined. Pet spending is expected to hit $52 billion in the next two years.

All of these statistics add up to a great opportunity for the Real Estate Professionals and businesses working together to offer a one-stop-shop for people before, during and after moving with their pets.

Pet owners expect only the best for their pets. To stand out in the challenging real estate market today, Agents have to cater to the needs of both pet owners and their pets. The same applies to businesses that are interested in reaching the broad market of pet owners moving to a new area of town and shopping for anything from a new veterinarian, groomer, or pet sitter to where to find a good handyman, cleaning service or interior decorator.

“Moving is traumatic enough, whether your move is across the street, across the city, or across the country. Our goal is to include all different types of services in all areas so that when a pet owner is searching for the best real estate professional, veterinarian, and any other business required to make their new home pet friendly they can go to our Resource Directory”, explains Rhona Sutter of The Pet Realty Network™.

The Directory includes pet friendly categories such as boarding, grooming, training, pet sitting, veterinarians, pet supplies, equestrian services, pet friendly hotels, pet relocation services, apartments, and assisted living for seniors. Moving and real estate categories include home inspections, appraisers, mortgages, insurance, home staging, title and escrow services, moving companies and rental trucks, self storage, interior decorating, outdoor home improvement, home security, cleaning services and handymen.

An example of businesses that have joined the Directory leading up to today’s official launch, include Invisible Fence of Southwest Florida, City Pet Care a pet sitting service in New York, Candy Jane Designs home staging services in Pennsylvania, PetBedMart.com pet supplies, Waggin’ Wheels Pet Courier based in Jacksonville, Florida, The Apartment People featuring pet friendly apartments in Chicago, and North Woods Animal Hospital in North Carolina.

“The addition of a Resource Directory to our already established Pet Friendly Real Estate search function makes The Pet Realty Network™ not only a place where pet owners can search for Real Estate but a place to go for all of their needs, creating the complete pet friendly moving experience.” Sutter adds.

Now that’s something to bark about.

Launched January 2007, The Pet Realty Network™ connects Pet friendly People and Pet Friendly Real Estate Professionals. The new national Pet Resource Directory, launched today, completes the pet friendly moving experience. For more information, please visit www.PetRealtyNetwork.com or telephone 239-403-4100.

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