Are Pets the Ultimate Influencers?

By Taylor Huestis

Webster’s dictionary defines “influencer” as a person who inspires or guides the actions of others. You see them all the time on social media. Maybe it is someone who is trying a new product out and gifting you a special discount code. Other times it is someone promoting a specific lifestyle.

But I think pets may be the ultimate influencers. Hear me out.

Pets get you moving so you build healthy habits. They listen and support you with their adorable, fluffy ears. They help establish routines – sometimes with a tapping paw alarm clock. They also inspire kindness and the importance of living in the moment. The pet effect is real.

Pets must have true influencer superpowers. How else would the love of two pups influence their owner, Kyla Stanick, to donate more than $10,000?

Back in 2011, Kyla followed her heart and pursued a career in real estate. “I always loved interior design and home design and really had a knack for it since I was a child,” Kyla remembered. “I also have always admired real estate in general. When a client finally finds a home or sells theirs, it is the best reaction ever. It literally never gets old.”

Kyla has two pups, Luke and Trace, who bring so much joy to her life. Her dogs are the big influence behind Kyla joining Pawsitive Properties in 2017. With Pawsitive Properties, Kyla donates a portion of her commission on every house sold/bought to help homeless pets in need.

“I had been volunteering at shelters since I was a kid and always loved it,” Kyla shared. “The older and busier I got, it made it harder to invest my extra time so I thought why not financially help in some way to other deserving souls?”

Kyla recently celebrated an amazing donation milestone of $10,000. Over the years, there have been many trips to the Kings SPCA to highlight adoptable animals, drop off cheques, and accept cuddles from thankful shelter pets.

“I really love to see the progress the shelter has made with adoptions each month,” she smiled. “It’s amazing that people devote their whole time ensuring other souls get the life they deserve. When I go in and I find out that each animal I featured online is adopted it brings me so much joy!”

So, what is it exactly about her dogs that inspired Kyla to make a difference?

“Animals are innocent beings that look to us for guidance,” related Kyla. “They should be respected and given kindness. I truly think that giving back to your community is something everyone should do if they are able. It is the most rewarding feeling knowing that you are helping in some way.”

Perhaps the biggest lesson pets share is their unconditional love. I think you’ll agree that is an influencer we can all get on board with.

“If you’re thinking about it… do it,” Kyla continued. “You will never regret making someone’s life better!”


Looking to get in touch with the fabulous Kyla Stanick, REALTOR® with EXIT Realty Town & Country? Call 902-844-0987 or 902-765-3505 today. 


Taylor Huestis

Taylor is the Communications & Development Officer with the Nova Scotia SPCA and proud adoptive fur-mama to Bonnie and Boy. She is passionate about raising awareness and funds for local animals in need. Connect with Taylor at or 902-222-0378 today.