November 4, 2013
When you think of volunteers at the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, dog walkers and cage cleaners probably come to mind but one volunteer is giving back in another a big way. Denise Hood is helping to raise thousand of dollars for animals and she's this week's hero.
You may not see Denise Hood at the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA everyday playing with the animals, but she's doing plenty during her free time to help out the SPCA's four-legged residents.
"The SPCA is just the best cause I can think of. I love the animals. I love the cats. I love the dogs. They need help. They need all of our help," said Denise Hood, SPCA Volunteer and 2013 Critter Ball Winner.
That's why she spends months raising money for the annual Critter Ball. The event typically includes dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.
"Denise is a hero here at the SPCA because she works so hard to raise money for all of our animals. We see like 4,000 (animals) every year that come through this building. Plus, we provide subsidized spay and neuter for another 7,000 animals out in the community," said Lisa Lane, Marketing Director, Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA.
"Some animals come in they have been hurt. They've been lost almost close to death and the SPCA fixed them up and they need money to be able to do that," said Hood.
This year Hood raised the most money for the Critter Ball. She brought in more than $17,000 in donations and helped boost the Critter Ball's grand total to a little more more than $250,000.
All money raised will help dogs and cats in the Charlottesville area.
"Without people like Denise helping us out and raising the much needed funds, we wouldn't be able to provide those services," said Lane.
Folks at the SPCA say Denise Hood is a hero for working so hard to give animals a better life while at the SPCA and helping them get what they need to get adopted by a loving family.