Community Foundation Awards $35K for Animals

The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has awarded $34,700 in grants to 12 nonprofit animal rescue organizations across Virginia.

The 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 she died Jan. 3. Landsrath founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia as an independent organization 10 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 fund will continue to support grassroots animal rescue organizations while benefitting staffing and investment support from 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.”

Among the organizations selected to receive grants were the Equine Rescue League, the Humane Society of Loudoun County, and theMiddleburg Humane Foundation.

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