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PetSmart donates $10,000 to Star Community

Company also partners with county government to open pet-waste bag stations at area parks

August 26, 2013
  • PetSmart presents a check for $10,000 to Star Community on Monday afternoon. From left are Sandy Snyder, a Star Community resident and rider; Myra Holler, a Star Equestrian volunteer; Charlie Keller, operations manager for the PetSmart distribution center in Hagerstown; Dallas Hopkins, Stars executive director; and Todd Appleby, general manager of the PetSmart distribution center in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

PetSmart presented a check for $10,000 to Star Community on Monday as part of a new initiative that empowers the company’s district managers and distribution centers to award up to $5,000 to nonprofit groups that enrich peoples’ lives through pets, according to a Star Community news release.

The $10,000 donation came from the local PetSmart distribution center on Hunters Green Parkway, as well as from 23 PetSmart stores and 100 associates in Western and northern Maryland, said Charlie Keller, operations manager for the local distribution center.

Star Community provides therapeutic horseback riding to more than 80 day and residential clients who have developmental disabilities, said Dallas Hopkins, Star’s executive director.

The donation will be used to help care for about 20 horses the nonprofit group has at its equestrian center off Greencastle Pike, west of Hagerstown, Equestrian Director Ginny Gaylor said.

Star Community started its operation, which now has 145 acres, in 1970, Hopkins said.

PetSmart also has partnered with Washington County government to open 70 pet-waste bag stations at several pet-friendly parks around the county, according to a county news release.

People who use the bags will help reduce the amount of pet waste that enters the Conococheague Creek and Antietam Creek watersheds, the release said.

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