PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has just issued its quarterly report for April-June 2016, covering the local work of its Community Animal Project in rural Virginia and North Carolina.
While Greg and I supported many PETA programs over the years, the local Community Animal Project was especially near and dear to us. Our dog Itchy and horses Henry and Caroline received life-saving care through this Project – in Itchy’s case, for many years – prior to our adopting them. We also contributed substantially to the Project’s spay and neuter programs – most notably, to the first ever 24-hour spay-a-thon in February 2014, which made it possible for PETA’s clinics to spay or neuter more than 400 dogs and cats (see photo). And last but not least, PETA’s annual Gregory J. Reiter Award for animal rescue was established in late 2015 by the Cruelty Investigations Division that runs the Community Animal Project.
When I established the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund through Impact Assets and began considering organizations and programs to receive the first grants, PETA’s Community Animal Project was for me an obvious choice as one of two primary recipients. For the April-June 2016 quarter, the Greg Fund donated $20,000 to support PETA’s Cruelty Investigations Division/Community Animal Project.
Here are just a few examples of this quarter’s PETA Community Animal Project work which the Greg Fund has helped to support:
PETA’s four mobile clinics spayed or neutered a total of 3,041 animals. Of those, 1,567 surgeries were performed free of charge or for a token fee for indigent families.
PETA transported Angel (see photo) and 220 other animals free of charge to and from their free spay and neuter appointments.
PETA delivered sturdy, custom-built doghouses to 54 outdoor dogs like Big Mack (see photos), who previously did not have adequate shelter.
I look forward to working with all of our friends, colleagues and associates, in Greg’s memory, to continue supporting PETA Community Animal Project work like this.