Denise Fleck — a longtime volunteer at the Burbank Animal Shelter who owns a business teaching people how to perform CPR on dogs and cats — is a finalist for "Woman of the Year" honors by a national pet industry organization.
The Oregon-based Women in Pet Industry Network received more than 60 nominations across the country to recognize women working in the pet industry as groomers, dog sitters, veterinarians and pet advocates.
"Regardless of who wins, I hope we'll leave a combined legacy of improving the lives of animals and the lives of the people who love them," Fleck said.
Fleck, who lives in Shadow Hills, once worked in publicity at Paramount Pictures but abandoned that career to establish her business, Sunny-dog Inc., in 1999. The company was named after her golden retriever Sunny, who was adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter.
Since then, Fleck has taught adults how to administer first-aid and CPR to their pets.