On Greg’s 60th birthday today, I have an extra special honor: PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has just presented its 8th annual Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award to Animal Rescue Kharkiv (ARK) in Ukraine.
Animal rescue is heroic work even in the best of times — but imagine rescuing horses, dogs, cats, fish and other animals in the midst of a war, as the ARK team has been doing since February 2022!
A major partner of PETA Germany in Ukraine, ARK has provided shelter and rehoming services for animals displaced by the war, administered veterinary care to injured animals even after their clinic was hit by Russian missiles, and helped distribute millions of pounds of food to animals in need.
I am so proud that this award in Greg’s memory can do just a little to recognize and support ARK’s heroic work!
More about the award in PETA’s blog post Meet the Winner of the 2023 Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award! More about ARK’s ongoing rescue work on their YouTube channel.
Previous recipients of the Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award have been:
- Helga Tacreiter, Cow Sanctuary founder (New Jersey, 2022)
- Sheila Choi, The Fuzzy Pet Foundation founder and CEO (California, 2021)
- Julia Novak (Virginia, 2020)
- Paulette Dean, Danville Area Humane Society executive director (Virginia, 2019)
- Stacey Norris, Houses of Wood & Straw founder (Virginia, 2018)
- Virginia Beach SPCA (2017)
- Katie McCotter (Virginia, 2016)