Learn About the Winner of the 2024 Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award

Each year, we commemorate the legacy of a beloved member of the PETA family by presenting the Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award to a recipient who has demonstrated inspiring dedication to animals. Greg’s wife, Alysoun Mahoney, honors her late husband with her own commitment to animal rights and her work to provide rescued dogs, cats, and horses with loving homes while also providing sanctuary for wildlife.

Eduxanima, a PETA-supported rescue partner located in Romania, is this year’s recipient for its work to stem the homeless-animal crisis. In just five years, it has provided essential medical care, such as vaccines and lifesaving surgeries, to more than 50,000 animals in 45 villages across Romania, spayed and neutered more than 35,000 dogs and cats, found loving homes for over 1,000 animals, distributed more than 500 doghouses, and donated 85 metric tons of food for companion animals in need. The group also provides support for refugees fleeing from the war in Ukraine with their animal companions.

Eduxanima not only delivers expert veterinary services and care every single day but also helps tackle issues systemically through long-term spay/neuter programs. It has also teamed up with PETA Germany to bring humane education programs into schools across Romania.

Alysoun is proud that Eduxanima received this year’s award. “I became aware of the scope of animal suffering in Romania more than 15 years ago, through my work in international relations, when several colleagues were involved in projects to save animals there,” she said. “With this awareness of the immense challenges Eduxanima is confronting, I particularly admire the team’s work on campaigns including spay/neuter of homeless animals and humane education in schools. I am also grateful for all Eduxanima has done to help evacuate animals and their humans fleeing the war in Ukraine.”

Congratulations, Eduxanima, and thank you for everything you do for animals!

If you want to learn how to help animals worldwide, visit the website of PETA’s Global Compassion Fund and help perpetuate Gregory J. Reiter’s legacy by supporting this lifesaving work.