Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund Grants $34,700 to Animal Welfare Nonprofits

Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund Grants $34,700 to Animal Welfare Nonprofits

Ken Rietz and Ursula Landsrath

The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties announced today $34,700 in grant awards to 12 nonprofit animal rescue organizations across Virginia, including those located in Loudoun County.

The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund was established within the Community Foundation earlier this year by the friends of Ursula Landsrath and her husband, Ken Rietz as a memorial after when she died January 3, 2019. Ursula Landsrath founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia as an independent organization ten years ago, distributing more than $1 million during that time to Virginia-based animal rescue organizations before shutting down grantmaking operations in 2017.

Dedicated to building a permanent legacy in her honor, the newly founded Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund will to continue to provide needed funds to grassroots animal rescue organizations while benefitting from staffing and investment support unique within the Community Foundation.

“This is a great start for this new effort,” said Sandal Larose, member of the Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund grant committee. “We hope to be able to expand the number and amount of the grants in coming years.”

The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund selected 12 organizations to receive funding, after conducting a competitive grant process:

  • Animal Care Assistance Program received a $2,500 grant to support a fence repair at their sanctuary facility.
  • Blue Ridge Wildlife Center received a $2,500 grant to support the purchase of new surgical instrument packs and specialty instruments for animal surgeries.
  • Community Cat Advocats received a $2,500 grant to support the County Cats program, focused on diversion for community cats who would otherwise euthanized.
  • Equine Rescue League received a $2,500 grant to provide high quality feed, hay, and supplements to abused and neglected equines in care.
  • For the Cat’s Sake received a $2,500 to support the Community Cat Medical Assistance Fund.
  • Green Dogs Unleashed received a $5,000 grant to support the cost of medical care for Great Danes rescued from neglectful situations.
  • Humane Society of Loudoun County received a $2,500 grant to support Community Cat Program, a Trap-Neuter-Return for program for feral cats.
  • Middleburg Humane Foundation received a $5,000 grant to support the Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Return program.
  • People for Pets Foundation received a $2,500 grant to support a cat rescue program specializing in special-needs cats that are blind, have heart conditions, or need amputation.
  • Promises Animal Rescue received a $2,500 grant to support vaccinations, heartworm and tick treatment, and spaying/neutering for rescued dogs.
  • Rappahannock Animal Welfare League received a $2,200 grant to support the medication needs of dogs in shelter.
  • Wildlife Veterinary Care received a $2,500 grant to support veterinary supplies and food for rescued sick and injured wildlife.

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