Since 2016, the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund has partnered with PETA to present an annual animal rescue award of $1,000 to an organization or individual doing exceptional work for horses, dogs, cats, and other animals.  


Awardees to date have been:

Alysoun and Julia Vertical

2020: Julia Novak -  for 10 years of volunteer work with PETA -- fostering rescued animals with special needs (including Itchy, who Greg and I adopted), helping PETA’s Community Animal Project fieldworkers serve animals in impoverished communities, participating in PETA protests and work parties, and coordinating vigils for factory-farmed pigs at a Smithfield slaughterhouse.


2019: Paulette Dean -  for 27 years as Danville Area Humane Society Executive Director, and accomplishments including passing one of Virginia's strictest anti-tethering ordinances.

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2018: Stacey Norris - Houses of Wood & Straw for building over 1,000 doghouses for backyard dogs in Central Virginia.


2017: Virginia Beach SPCA for offering shelter and care for over 4,000 companion animals each year.


2016: Katie McCotter of Suffok, Virginia for fostering horses, pigs, chickens and other homeless animals.