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:

Sheila and Ingrid

2021:  Sheila Choi --  for founding and leading the Fuzzy Pet Foundation since 2005, providing spay and neuter services to more than 6,000 cats and dogs, and rescuing and rehoming more than 2,000 animals, in the Los Angeles region and beyond.

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.