Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving season, here are some of the things I’m grateful for: — Two farm animal sanctuaries that played prominent roles in my life with Greg: Animal Place in Grass Valley, California, which inspired us to become vegetarian and ultimately vegan after a visit in the year 2000; and Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland, which we had long supported and last visited together just three weeks before Greg’s death.  I am dedicating both… Read More


Food for Thought – partnering for wildlife & our environment

Since its inception on Earth Day, April 22, 2016, the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund has partnered with Animal Place to expand its North America-wide Food for Thought program to wildlife and environmental organizations. The Food for Thought program began with a focus on companion animal groups, asking the simple question: why serve some animals as food at organizational functions in order… Read More


Thanksgiving at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

Meeting animal residents at farm sanctuaries was life-changing for Greg and me, providing the critical impetus for us to become vegetarian and ultimately vegan.   Two sanctuaries in particular played prominent roles in our lives – first Animal Place when we lived in Northern California, and then Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary after we moved to the greater Washington DC area.  Today,… Read More


Rescues #13-17: Our Virginia Animals (Part 2 of 2)

Following is a compilation of posts from the Greg Fund Facebook page, October 25-28, 2017.   #13 and 14 – Qingling (born March 2009) and Meiling (born June 2009). From 2009 through 2015, I volunteered with the SPCA of Northern Virginia (SPCA NoVa). When Greg and I lost our “California cats” to old age diseases in 2009 and 2010, we… Read More

VA Rescued Animals part 1

Rescues #8-12: Our Virginia Animals (part 1 of 2)

Following is a compilation of posts from the Greg Fund Facebook page, October 18-24, 2017.   #8 – Francesca (c.1990-January 2008). Greg and I found Francesca in the spring of 2002, shortly after we moved to the Washington DC area. She was sitting calmly on the front steps of a large house near the Bethesda, MD home of a friend… Read More


Miracle at Animal Place – Spared from the Atlas Fires

I spent October 1-5 at Animal Place in northern California, as part of a gathering of Food for Thought program team members from across North America.  Our group’s five-day agenda included strategy meetings as well as volunteering with the 300 pigs, cows, rabbits, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and other animals now resident at the primary Animal Place sanctuary in Grass Valley.  We also spent… Read More


Rescues #1-7 – Our California Animals

Following is a compilation of posts from the Greg Fund Facebook page, October 11-16, 2017.   #1 – Sticky (1985-2004). So named because she was clingy with people she liked, Sticky became Greg’s and my first companion animal, a few weeks after our October 1992 wedding. Sticky had been living with other members of Greg’s family who were not able… Read More


17 Rescued Animals in 23 Years of Marriage

Approaching the second anniversary of Greg’s death next Monday, October 16, and our 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, October 24, I’ve been contemplating how best to remember him this year.   And I come back to the animals we adopted over the 23 years of our marriage.   Greg and I rescued 17 animals altogether – eleven cats, four dogs, and two… Read More


Greg Fund – Q3 2017 Highlights & Anniversary Request

I established the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund in early 2016, to continue promoting animal rescue, veganism, and wildlife conservation – three causes that were a particular passion for Greg and me. This October 16 will be the second anniversary of Greg’s death, followed by our 25th wedding anniversary on October 24.  As these anniversaries approach, I would be very… Read More


Happy 1st Adoptaversary to Charlie!

  (Photos by Irene Abdou Photography) Greg and I were active with many animal protection causes during our life together – and in the two years since his death, I have channeled my grief into redoubling my work for animals.  The single biggest step I took, in spring 2016, was establishing this Fund in Greg’s memory.  My second biggest step, on September… Read More

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