“If I were President I would stop war.  I would also want to stop pollution.  If I can stop it I will. I’d try to save animals and not cut down their habitats or their food or make them extinct.” Gabriella Debeniotis. Your donation will help support FOHA's medical care for our animals.  It's what Gabriella would have wanted.

The Gabriella Debeniotis Memorial Fund is to honor the life of Gabriella Debeniotis (1998-2009), a 10 year-old from Vienna, Virginia who had a love for animals, even as a toddler. Your gift to Gabby's Fund will help an animal in need.

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Compassionate, caring and kind, Gabriella Debeniotis possessed an innate ability to relate to all creatures

Gabby was loved and cherished by her family and friends, in part because of her unique gift to create special bonds with both animals and humans alike.  Dogs and cats approached her without hesitation.  Her parents said the relationship she shared with animals was magical to watch.  She had empathy and compassion for all living beings.  She was the kind of girl who would gently pick up and carry cicadas, earthworms, and caterpillars out of harm’s way. with gentleness and without fear and Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) is honored to create a memorial fund in Gabby’s name.

When Gabby passed away on June 20, 2009, her parents wanted donations in her memory to go to a special place that she would have chosen – Friends of Homeless Animals – and that’s how ‘Gabby’s Fund’ began.

Your gift to Gabby’s Fund will help an animal in need!

We at FOHA, as well as Gabriella’s parents and friends felt the best way to honor her spirit and passion for animals was for donations to help pay FOHA’s medical expenses. A typical animal saved by FOHA is unspayed or unneutered, unvaccinated, and needs treatments such as deworming for intestinal parasites. A spay for a female costs FOHA around $250, while neutering costs approximately $225. Vaccinations for each animal run about $100 each. FOHA is committed to the animals we save. We treat all medical conditions such as heartworm, cancer, Lyme disease, intestinal blockages, fractures, neurological conditions, and more. The cost of heartworm treatment is approximately $900 and emergency surgeries can cost upward of $5,000. Friends of Homeless Animals typically spends between $250,000 and $300,000 in medical each year.

In addition to helping FOHA animals, 15% of funds raised through Gabby's Fund will be set aside in a special fund to help Northern Virginia area residents pay for medical treatment they could not otherwise afford, including spay/neuter procedures and emergency veterinary care.

Gabriella was a gift-of-life donor herself.  She donated her kidneys to two children who are now living a normal life.  Now you can make a difference in an animal’s life while honoring a very special girl who cared about animals.  Your gift to Gabby’s Fund will help one of FOHA’s animals who needs medical care right now.

To make a donation to Gabby's fund, please click here