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Landscaper plants trees for dog ranch

Posted: October 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Jorge Donapetry, Stay Green human resources manager, makes friends with Buck, one of the deaf dogs at the AngelDogs Foundation Deaf Dog Ranch.

It was a day full of sunshine, landscaping and dog affection for 11 executives and managers of Stay Green Inc., as they donated their time and several trees to AngelDogs Foundation Deaf Dog Ranch in Acton on Oct. 18.

The Santa Clarita Valley landscape company, which has been family-owned since 1970 and employs more than 300 people, provided a mix of eight Palo Alto, mulberry and pine trees to three dogs runs at the nonprofit ranch.

“We picked the appropriate species which will perform well in this environment and provide shade and shelter for these wonderful dogs,” said Chris Angelo, president and chief executive officer of Stay Green Inc.

The project was valued at several thousand dollars, said Rene Rivera, vice president of Stay Green.

“I think it turned out really good. In two years, these trees will provide a really good canopy for the dogs,” Rivera said. “It’s something that’s not only beneficial for the nonprofit, but for the managers to remember what it’s like out in the field. They forget that it’s hard work sometimes.”

Jorge Donapetry, a human resources manager, connected with Buck, a Dogo Argentino/Great Dane mix that resides at the ranch.

“Buck’s my man. He’s Argentinian and so am I,” Donapetry said with a smile as he petted the large white dog. “I love dogs, so giving to them is wonderful.”

Giving back to the community is part of Stay Green’s focus, according to Gary Gonzalez, an account manager for Los Angeles. “It shows people that we care. Not many companies do this anymore,” Gonzalez said.

Lisa Tipton, founder of AngelDogs Foundation Deaf Dog Ranch, was extremely grateful for Stay Green’s efforts, hugging the crew as it exited the property after the three-hour project was completed.

“I can’t thank Stay Green enough for what they did today. It makes the ranch more beautiful, functional and comfortable for our dogs. These trees will be a permanent reminder of their kindness and generosity,” Tipton said.


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