Ken and Ursula Rietz

The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties announced $62,000 in grant awards to 31 nonprofit animal rescue organizations across Virginia.

Ursula Landsrath founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia as an independent organization in 2008, distributing more than $1 million to Virginia-based animal rescue organizations before shutting down grantmaking operations in 2017 when she became seriously ill. Her husband and friends created the Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund within the Community Foundation at her passing in January 2019 to ensure her grantmaking legacy.

Dedicated to her love of animals, the Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund continues to provide needed funds to grassroots animal rescue organizations while benefitting from staffing and investment support unique within the Community Foundation.

“Many of our grant recipients have received our funding since the very beginning of ARF in 2008. Our committee is delighted to continue Ursula’s legacy,” said Mary Johnson, Chair of the ULARF Grants Committee. “Since 2019, ULARF has distributed $271,200 to organizations across Virginia serving animals in need.”

The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund selected 31 organizations to receive funding, after conducting a competitive grant process. This year’s grant awards are as follows:

  • $2,000 to Animal Care Assistance Program to support low-income veterinary assistance program in central Virginia
  • $3,000 to Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue to support their spay and neuter program for Great Pyrenees dogs
  • $1,000 to Canine Lifesavers to support their spay and neuter program
  • $2,000 to Cat Action Team to support the expansion of their trap-neuter-vaccine-return program to reduce cat and kitten deaths at Buckingham County Animal Control
  • $2,000 to Central Virginia Horse Rescue to support emergency veterinary funds for equine rescue
  • $2,500 to DC Area Weimaraner Rescue to support dogs coming into the rescue program
  • $2,500 to Dewey Animals, Inc. to support their trap-neuter-return in Loudoun and Prince William Counties
  • $2,000 to Dogs Deserve Better, Inc. to support spay and neuter of dogs in their care and dogs owned by residents in rural central Virginia
  • $1,000 to Dominion Equine Welfare to support Gracie the horse’s emergency medical needs
  • $2,000 to Fancy Cats and Dogs Rescue Team to support their cat spay and neuter and prevention program for Rockbridge County SPCA in Lexington, VA
  • $1,000 to Feline Foundation of Greater Washington to support an emergency medical fund for rescued shelter cats with special needs
  • $1,000 to For the Cat’s Sake to support trap-neuter-return and vaccination programs in Rappahannock, Warren, Culpeper, and Fauquier Counties
  • $1,000 to Friends of Homeless Animals to increase capacity of their Kitten Care program which includes spay and neuter as well as vaccinations
  • $2,100 to Garfield’s Rescue, Inc. to support homeless cat spay and neuter and related medical costs
  • $2,500 to Goochland Pet Lovers to support their medical fund which provides resources to provide treatment for animals at the Goochland County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
  • $2,000 to Helping Homeless Felines to support medical expenses for homeless cats
  • $2,000 to Humane Society of Loudoun County to support their Community Cat trap, neuter and release program
  • $2,500 to Loudoun Community Cat Coalition to support community cat spay and neuter program and program to rescue kittens born outdoors in Loudoun County
  • $2,000 to Madison Community Cats (MAD Cats) to support ongoing trap-neuter return and domestic spay and neuter program in Culpeper and Madison Counties
  • $3,000 to Middleburg Humane Foundation to support programs for saving dogs by assisting small animal welfare organizations across Virginia
  • $3,000 to Mutt Love Rescue, Inc. to support homeless dogs with extraordinary medical expenses
  • $3,000 to Paws for Seniors to support medical care for dogs in preparation for adoption
  • $1,500 to People for Pets Foundation to support regular and emergency veterinary care and medicines for cats with heart disease and hypertension
  • $3,000 to Pets Bring Joy to support veterinary care and adoption of community cats
  • $2,000 to RappCats to support expanded male cat neuter program in Rappahannock County
  • $2,000 to Rockbridge Animal Alliance to support companion dog spay and neuter program in Rockbridge County for at-risk families and individuals
  • $2,900 to Serendipity Equine to support their winter round hay bale fund for equine rescue and rehab in Rappahannock County
  • $1,000 to The Cats at Longstreet to support medical care for two feral cat colonies in Loudoun County
  • $1,500 to The Community Cat Alliance to support their trap-neuter-return program targeting high-density feral cat populations in Winchester and Frederick Counties
  • $1,000 to The Grace Card, Inc. to support veterinary care for the rescue of free roaming, injured, and sick cats
  • $2,000 to Twin County Humane Society to support emergency veterinary care for cats and dogs

About the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties

Founded in 1999 by local volunteers, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designed to accelerate community giving for common good in Loudoun and northern Fauquier counties, surrounding areas and across the nation. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has granted more than $15 million. Donors who include the Community Foundation in their philanthropic vision benefit from low fees, knowledgeable staff, and personal assurance that legal and accounting issues are managed under one cost-effective banner: the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. (703) 779-3505.