- Cullman, Alabama

October 15, 2013

Cullman Area Animal Welfare Association receives a $1,000 grant

Wells Fargo donates as part of volunteer recognition award Brittney Hopper recognized for her volunteer service

Staff Reports

CULLMAN — Brittney Hopper, credit analyst for Wells Fargo in Cullman, has been recognized by Wells Fargo for her contributions to the local community through her volunteer service with Cullman Area Animal Welfare Association. 

Along with receiving a volunteer service award from the bank, Hopper also won $1,000 for the non-profit.

CAAWA is a volunteer-based, no-kill organization that rescues dogs and cats in Cullman County.  They provide medical treatment to the animals and place them in foster homes until they are able to find them a loving, permanent home. They also provide low cost spay and neuter assistance.

“I’m honored to receive this award from Wells Fargo and I’m thrilled that it comes with $1,000 for CAAWA,” said Hopper. “I am passionate about the work that CAAWA does to rescue abandoned animals and educate people on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets to decrease the overpopulation of unwanted animals.”

Hopper helps the mission of CAAWA in many ways. Not only does she often foster animals, but she works hard to find the right home for them. She interviews potential adoptive families and when a match is made, she helps with the adoption contract, checks vet references, and does a home visit after the animal is placed in the new home to make sure that it adjusts well to all members and other pets in the family. In the past year, 232 dogs and cats have been adopted through CAAWA. 

“Every eight seconds, a cat or dog is killed in a shelter due to pet overpopulation, according to the Humane Society of the United States,” said Hopper. “The best way to prevent this is by spaying and neutering pets.” CAAWA provided 64 spay/neuter grants to families in need over the past year. 

“We appreciate all that Britney does for us and for our animals,” said Lara Bice who is on the board of directors for CAAWA. “We are very grateful for her support and for this grant from Wells Fargo — this money will go a long way.”

In its 35th year, the Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award program continues to recognize and reward team members’ volunteer efforts with contributions from Wells Fargo to the nonprofit where they volunteer. This year, 197 team members from around the world, including Hopper, were awarded more than $500,000 for their organizations.