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2018 in Five Animal Portraits

Christmas 2018 will be a merry one for animals the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund has helped this year. Here are five of them.

Charlie, a Thoroughbred former racehorse.  

  • Charlie has lived with me in Maryland since September 2016. Earlier that year, the Greg Fund partnered with PETA to rescue him from imminent risk of a fatal breakdown on the racetrack. 
  • In 2018, PETA’s campaign to end racehorse cruelty, which the Greg Fund supports, led the New York State Gaming Commission to enact new regulations against the drugging that Charlie experienced when he raced in that state.

Gregory, a squirrel monkey

  • In November 2018, the FDA released Gregory and 25 companions to Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Florida — the first time the FDA has retired lab monkeys, who are generally killed when experiments are complete.
  • Earlier, the Greg Fund was part of a coalition that helped White Coat Waste Project end the nicotine addiction experiments the monkeys had been subjected to, joining forces with Dr. Jane Goodall and a bipartisan group of U.S. Congresspeople. 

Christopher, a mixed-breed dog

  • Christopher has lived with me in Maryland since April 2018, after a joint rescue by PETA’s Community Animal Project, primary recipient of Greg Fund grants; and the Virginia Beach SPCA, recipient of PETA’s 2017 Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award.
  • Christopher had been a backyard dog, penned outdoors 24/7 by his previous owners. Beginning in November 2015, PETA’s Community Animal Project regularly visited to provide for Christopher’s basic needs, until his owner surrendered him this spring. 

Aly, a red wattle pig

  • Aly started life in 2016 as a runt on a small family farm, where the owner planned to let her die. A New Year 2017 miracle happened when Animal Place in California adopted her as a sanctuary resident. She required emergency medical care in 2018, but is now healing well.
  • The Greg Fund gives major support to the Animal Place Food for Thought program, and has also supported Animal Place’s emergency relief work for victims of the November 2018 Camp Fire.

Alysoun, a “broiler” hen

  • Alysoun has lived at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Maryland since April 2018, along with a flock who had spent their first weeks as subjects of a fertility research study.  
  • The Greg Fund partnered with Poplar Spring to arrange the hens’ release and transport to sanctuary, after a lab decided to release the hens rather than kill them when the research ended.

Happy holidays to all!


  1. Kathleen McGibbon on December 22, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Hi Alysoun! I am a staff member at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. Thank you so much for your hard work on having Gregory and all his monkey friends released. If you send me an email (, I will be happy to send you updated photos and videos of the monkeys.

    • Alysoun Mahoney on December 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you so much, Kathleen! I will send you my email address now!

  2. Trevor Murray on December 22, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I used to work with Greg at UBS… I don’t know why, but something made me think of him recently. I remember him fondly. He was genuinely a kind, wonderful person.

    • Alysoun Mahoney on December 28, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you so much, Trevor. You have no idea how much it means to me to hear from “new” people who knew Greg. It’s like he comes back to life for just a minute each time ….

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