Ivana Trump was laid to rest on Wednesday morning at St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church in New York City, near her Upper East Side residence.
The Trump family also had a unique and appropriate ask of her friends and family, according to Fox News:
The Trump family reportedly has a special request of those who wish to honor the remarkable life and legacy of Ivana Trump as her family and friends lay her to rest on Wednesday in New York City.
Funeral guests and others — in lieu of flowers — will be asked to donate to Big Dog Ranch Rescue (bdrr.org) in Florida and to help save the lives of dogs that are in desperate need.
Lauree Simmons, CEO of Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida, told Fox News Digital on Tuesday in a phone interview about the need to help dogs that are running out of time — and about the Trump family’s strong and enduring interest in supporting the efforts of this rescue organization.
According to Fox News, all the Trump children and their respective spouses have maintained an active involvement with Big Dog Ranch Rescue. The rescue’s website has a banner that is a classic photograph of Ivana Trump with her mother and Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka as children. The link to make a donation in her honor is below the photo.
In a press release announcing the call for donations in place of flowers, Simmons said of Ivana Trump, “Ivana was a survivor. She fled communism, embraced America and raised three exceptional children, who also devote their time and resources to many charities, including Big Dog Ranch Rescue.”
Big Dog Ranch Rescue was founded in 2008, and claims to have saved at least 50,000 dogs in its 14 years in business. With a 33-acre property in Southern Florida, it is the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the nation.
Sadly, people who adopted pets during the pandemic are now returning them in record numbers. Shelters and rescues are overwhelmed, and many animals are being euthanized. The Los Angeles City Council called an emergency meeting with L.A. Animal Shelter administration due to the agency being overwhelmed by the number of animals and staffing issues. The Los Angeles Times reported that dogs are going for months without being walked because of this deficit.
So, the Trump family’s action to honor their family matriarch is not only timely and necessary, but compassionate.