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Q2 2018: PETA Greg Award & More

Here’s a Q2 2018 update on the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund‘s work to prevent animal suffering.

First, two highlights from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Community Animal Project, the primary recipient of Greg Fund grants:

– On June 10 in New York City, PETA presented its 3rd annual Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award to Houses of Wood & Straw (HOWS) founder Stacey Norris. Read all about the event and HOWS on the Greg Fund blog and the PETA blog.

– In May, I adopted Christopher (photos), a dog who had been rescued through the joint efforts of PETA and the Virginia Beach SPCA, recipient of PETA’s 2nd annual Gregory J. Reiter Award.


Other highlights for Q2 2018:

– The White Coat Waste Project (WCW) worked with a bipartisan U.S. Congressional coalition on the KITTEN Act to stop cruel USDA experiments, after the Greg Fund supported a Freedom of Information Act inquiry. In June, I  joined fellow supporters of the Act at a Los Angeles briefing with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and WCW founder Anthony Bellotti (photo).

– California-based Animal Place Food for Thought announced a new partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity to expand a program the Greg Fund has supported for two years, which provides grants for plant-based policies at environmental and wildlife organizations.

– The Greg Fund covered transport costs for hens released from an animal testing facility to Maryland-based Poplar Spring and other animal sanctuaries. Story and video on the Poplar Spring Facebook page and on the WUSA9 website.

– The Greg Fund made its first grant to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. An easy day trip from New York City in High Falls, and open to the public every weekend April-October, Woodstock provides a permanent home for rescued animals, as well as fun and educational experiences for human visitors of all ages.

– PETA’s campaign to end race horse cruelty, a primary recipient of Greg Fund grants, called on Derby horse owners to contribute to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and help prevent racehorses from going to slaughter. The Audible company and others then gave substantial donations to TAA.

PETA’s Legal Department, another major recipient of Greg Fund grants, filed a lawsuit challenging USDA failure to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests for Animal Welfare Act enforcement records.

– The Greg Fund made its first grant to the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), to which Greg had contributed annually during the last five years of his life. The grant was made on Endangered Species Day, in recognition of ALDF’s groundbreaking work to protect endangered animals in captivity – and much more!


Last but not least, I wish to thank the following individuals who have contributed to the Fund during 2018 to date:

– James Bejjani
– Anthony Bellotti
– Nancy Cule
– John Elliott
– Krista Jacobsen
– Adam and Krisztina Kobor
– Syd Marcus
– Steve and Sharon Rowenhorst
– Kevin and Nicole Sid
– Betsy Wason


If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to help end animal suffering in memory of Greg, simply go to .

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