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 SPCA of Tompkins County, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, and Loaves & Fishes.

The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals. The no-kill shelter is dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation, and promotes responsible pet stewardship by providing education, counseling, and training to nurture and enhance the human-animal bond.

In 1999, after reducing its euthanasia rate by over 50% in a single year, the SPCA Board of Directors resolved to transition to the nation’s first open admission no-kill shelter. In 2002, the SPCA saved 100% of healthy and treatable dogs and cats, becoming the first county in the nation to do so.

In the spring of 2004, the SPCA opened the Dorothy & Roy Park Pet Adoption Center, a state-of-the-art and LEED Certified sheltering facility that provides dogs and cats with comfortable home-like settings, access to natural light, and health-promoting independent air systems. In 2014, a large roof mounted solar array was added to continue this commitment to environmentally friendly and sustainable animal sheltering.

Today, The SPCA receives and investigates nearly 1500 calls of suspected abuse or neglect every year, as well as provides animal control services (dog control) to 7 of 10 local municipalities.
They are the only low-cost spay and neuter provider in the area, and participate in countless humane education events, including the wildly popular SPCA Summer camp.

Currently, the SPCA takes in close to 2000 animals each year who find happy new homes in the community. The SPCA staff, along with over 250 annual volunteers, rehabilitate, train, and care for these animals, keeping them safe, happy, and socialized until they find their new forever homes.

Are you involved with a not-for-profit organization that might benefit from this program? Apply to be a recipient here.