Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are the Lilypad Puppet Theater, the Free Science Workshop, and Meadowgate Equine Rescue.

Meadowgate Equine Rescue seeks to rescue horses in a neglect/abuse situation by removing them from owner’s property with law enforcement present.  They are then brought to Meadowgate for the necessary medical care needed for each situation. All horses  go through a rehabilitation program and, if suitable, are placed in good, loving, and secure homes.  If not suitable for adoption, they stay with Meadowgate.

In 2005, Meadowgate was established as a 501(c)3 organization by Founder Pam Watros.  At that time Meadowgate was the only equine rescue facility in the area.  Upon discovering that there were no facilities available for hurting and desperate horses, Pam spent several months investigating the regulations of starting a rescue, and contacted all NYS law enforcement agencies, and NYS humane societies to see how great the need for one might really be.  Based upon the responses from those agencies Meadowgate was formed.  Specifically dealing with abuse and neglect cases, calls started coming in when word got out that there was finally a place to take horses to.  Most SPCA’s, and humane societies in the area were not set up for large animal cases.  One call to help one quickly turned into calls to help seven, ten, twenty-three, and so on.  Following NYS Ag & Market laws, Meadowgate quickly earned a “gold” reputation of being honest and helpful.  With the purpose of getting horses out of  suffering lifestyles they have to endure, Meadowgate continues to help every horse they can.

Meadowgate has also reached out to hurting people, youth in particular.  A program called Ponderosa Pals was created that mentors youth at risk, youth who need a definitive purpose, or youth who just need a “time out” from their daily lifestyle. Adult volunteers have come to Meadowgate to help and sometimes to be helped in some way and have left Meadowgate with a richer outlook.

GreenStar is pleased to be a part of supporting Meadowgate Equine Rescue and their mission!

Are you involved with a not-for-profit organization that might benefit from our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program? Apply here.