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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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PETA’s Community Animal Project in Texas

PETA’s Community Animal Project (CAP), the single largest recipient of grants from the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund, is on the ground in Texas this week to save animals and their guardians from life-threatening floods.   CAP’s team of trained emergency rescuers, equipped with a boat, has been locating stranded animals and people, and transporting them to safe shelters.  Stories and photos here. This isn’t the… Read More


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Remembering Itchy on his 4th Adoptaversary

Today is the fourth anniversary of the day Greg and I adopted sweet senior dog Itchy on August 16, 2013.   I initially hesitated to write about this “adoptaversary”. After all, I already posted a tribute to Itchy when he passed away June 1 of this year. Would it be too sad to dedicate yet another post to a dog… Read More


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Greg Fund Q2 2017 Highlights

  I am proud to share Q2 2017 highlights for the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund, which I established in April 2016 to continue supporting the causes I once shared with Greg.   People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) On June 22 in Norfolk, VA, I had the honor of co-presenting, with Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s second annual Gregory… Read More


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PETA’s 2nd Annual Greg Award to the Virginia Beach SPCA

During a June 22 Unstoppable event in Norfolk, Virginia, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk kicked things off by co-presenting with me PETA’s Gregory J. Reiter Award to the Virginia Beach (VB) SPCA. This award in memory of Greg, inaugurated shortly after his unexpected death in 2015, is given annually to an individual or group for compassion and dedication to animals. This year’s award was presented… Read More


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Happy third adoptaversary to Henry and Caroline!

June 21, 2017 will be a special day here at the new “Alysoun’s Rescue Ranch” in Thurmont, Maryland – it’s the third anniversary of the day Greg and I brought Henry and Caroline home to the farm we then owned outside Middleburg, Virginia. It was a huge leap of faith for us to adopt this particular pair as our first… Read More


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PETA Wins “Best Legal Departments 2017” Honors

When Greg and I started becoming active supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), their legal team members particularly impressed us with their creativity, compassion, and courage.  Through the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund, I have continued to contribute financially to support the work of PETA’s legal department. I am therefore extraordinarily proud to learn that Corporate Counsel… Read More


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Donate to the Fund – and animals – for Greg’s birthday

Some say you have to be alive on this earth to have a birthday. I respectfully disagree. We celebrate the birthdays of certain famous people centuries after they are gone. Why not also celebrate the birthdays of people who are not particularly famous, but who have nevertheless left an indelible mark on our lives?   Tuesday, June 6, 2017 will… Read More


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Farewell to Margaret Kitty

Today Margaret kitty succumbed to cancer, just one day after her cuddle buddy Itchy dog.  She was gorgeous and graceful to the end, even when fluid buildup around her lungs made it difficult for her to eat or breathe. Greg and I adopted Margaret from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) in September 2008, when she was a young adult with… Read More


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Farewell to Itchy Dog

Today I said farewell to Itchy dog, whom Greg and I had adopted together in August 2013.  Itchy was elderly and heartworm positive at the time of our adoption – but working with Middleburg Animal Hospital near our then-home in Virginia, we were able to cure him of that disease, and make his last few years happy and comfortable. Dogs as… Read More


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