The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties announced today that they received funding to create the Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund (ULARF). Initial funding was provided by Ursula’s husband, Ken Rietz. Ursula Landsrath was the founder of the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia (ARF) and she died January 3rd of this year.

Sandal LaRose, a member of the newly created ULARF Grants Committee, said, “ULARF will operate the same way the Animal Rescue Fund did under Ursula’s leadership. We will receive grant applications from Virginia based 501(c)(3) animal rescue organizations and distribute funds in the fall of each year. Initially, we will have a small amount of money to distribute in grants but hope that it will grow in the future.”

Ursula Landsrath founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia almost ten years ago and raised and distributed more than $1 million to Virginia-based animal rescue organizations. Her husband created ULARF in memory of Ursula’s outstanding work.

Additional contributions can be made to ULARF by sending checks to the Community Foundation at PO Box 402, Middleburg, VA 20118 or at Information about ULARF and grant applications are available at For more information contact Nicole Acosta, Director of Grants and Nonprofit Programs at the Community Foundation at (703) 779-3505, X3.

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