In its second year, Direct Energy and The Gazette’s Capital Region Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program has honored Cydney Cross of Albany.
Cross was recognized for establishing the Out of the Pits rescue organization and placing dogs in loving homes, as well as coordinating therapy dog visits at prisons, schools, hospitals, libraries and more.
According to Cross’ nomination by Joann Ravida: “To say that she spends every waking moment (when not working) involved in helping helpless animals is a valid statement. Her phone never stops ringing from people looking for help placing a dog they can’t keep and she often does what she can in terms of free training to keep dogs in their homes. She easily spends 12-plus hours of every day on volunteer activities.”
In addition, Cross drives weekly to deliver dog food to a few homeless people so they can keep their dogs, and fields calls from people about their dogs’ medical issues. With a small budget of rescue funds, she helps them when possible.
By winning the Capital Region Volunteer Citizen of the Year award, Cross will receive a $5,000 donation to Out of the Pits from Direct Energy. The donation will be used to spay and neuter pit bulls in the Capital Region to avoid unwanted litters that would ultimately end up in local shelters.
“We are thrilled to honor Cydney Cross as this year’s Capital Region Volunteer Citizen of the Year winner,” said John DeAugustine, publisher of The Gazette. “Cydney is a true example of the amazing volunteers we have in the Capital Region.”