We are a non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organization, dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of stray, abandoned and surrendered animals.
A non-profit, no-kill animal rescue
November - Special Kitties' Adoption fees Reduced
All of our beautiful babes need homes. Former Ferals 50% off and Surrenders 25% 0ff
Reduced fees for all cats over one year old. Come visit and we will give details!
Amazon Will Donate Part of Your Purchases to Charity
Amazon justintroduced a new program called AmazonSmile, which will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to the charity you select. It costs you (and the charitable organizations) nothing, and it's just like shopping on Amazon normally, but you get to donate painlessly.
- Just start your shopping(or change your bookmark) at smile.Amazon.com
- Search for Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals in the charity search box (type Sweetpea and you'll see two organizations - select Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals from the list).
Amazon will remember your selection in future - you only have to do this once.
Start shopping at smile.Amazon.com!
The iGive.com Button Links You Painlessly To 1348 Companies Who Donate a % of Your Purchases to Charity
Join iGive.com and start your shopping from that site. You can install the iGive Button in your browser, to access most online shopping sites. It's all free - the stores make this possible because they want you to like them and shop at them over and over again. Companies participating in iGive include popular sites like Lands End (1.6%) and Best Buy (1.2%). Select Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals as your charity when you first join, then select your favorite online merchants. After that, you use the iGive Button to access websites with no further hassle. I hope you'll give it a try.
Install the iGive Button in your browser.
SWEETPEA ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Sweetpea Committee Meetings are held monthly at the Paxton Shelter Office. If you would like to volunteer for us, please contact Melanie for information at 508-757-7959.
- We are working on fundraising and publicity ideas.
- We have a Board vacancy for Treasurer.
- We would welcome help from a professional photographer in capturing photogenic images of our adoptable animals and generating publicity shots!
- The Fall (Halloween) Dog Walk needs to be organized!
- We are seeking help with manning PetCo adoption days, reaching out to Schools for volunteering programs, and help with getting out information on our events.
- Minutes from the 6/27/2013 committee meeting.
The meeting will be held in our Shelter Office at 1090 Pleasant St. Paxton, MA
ANIMAL SHELTER & BOARDING KENNELS
SWEETPEA, Friends of Rutland Animals, has a shelter and kennel just over the Rutland line in the town of Paxton. If you are planning a vacation, please consider boarding your dog or cat with us - these fees subsidize our animal rescue. Our kennels are located on Route 122 at 1090 Pleasant St. Paxton, MA. We also house our rescue animals at this facility. See our kennels webpage for photos and more information.
Our current boarding rates are: $25.00 per day for dogs; $13.00 per day for cats.
We offer a multi animal discount for boarding 2 animals
We welcome you to call 508 757-7959 or stop by to see us, 10am - 3pm, 7 days a week (please check our Facebook page for news of weather-related closures).
SUMMER WISH-LIST ADDITIONS
As well as our regular wish-list of donation items (on the right), we could do with some things to help us run the new shelter over the summer. If you have any of the following items lying around, please bring drop them off:
- Traffic cones; dog agility training equipment
- Magnetic door screens for 34 in wide doors
- Kitty litter-Yesterdays News brand, please (dust-free).
- Cat play houses for their outside areas
- Toys for cats and dogs
- Fantasy pet cat self-grooming brush posts (like a shoe brush only they bend in a U shape and have a carpeted base - they are excellent for long haired cats to groom themselves, removing mats and loose hair).
Sweetpea Kuranda Dog Bed donations
Sweetpea is seeking donations of a Kuranda Dog Bed for each of our rescued animals. The raised design gives the dog a soft and dry place to relax off the wet, cold floor. The sturdy frame and vinyl fabric are non porous making it easy to sanitize with bleach or disinfectant. If you would like to participate, please click on the Kuranda bed icon!
PetCo Weekends - Volunteers Needed
We staff an information table at the Auburn PetCo on weekends. This gives us publicity and makes the public aware of who we are and what we do, as well as raising much-needed donations and allowing us to adopt out dogs and cats. Volunteers are needed to staff the table from 11.00 - 2. 00 on Saturdays or Sundays. Please contact Dick Clark (contact details below) if you have the time to help out.
ANNUAL DOG WALK - SUNDAY APRIL 28th
Our annual sponsored dog walk, on Sunday April 28, was great fun. A good time was had by all. See our Facebook Page for the latest updates and photos.
THANKS TO THE CHILDREN OF VENERINI ACADEMY!
Thank you to the children from Venerini Academy, for the donations that they brought to us on March 5th. They left before we had the chance to talk to them, show them around, or thank them properly. The animals really love the things you brought them - come back to see us soon!
NEW ADOPTION FORMS
We have a new, simpler adoption form - if you are interested in adopting one of our animals, please download the adoption form from the Available Dogs or Available Cats page and fill it in before your visit.
Sweetpea is listed with iGive.com to receive a donation every time someone purchases from an online business listed with them. There are over 500 stores for you to shop at, including Amazon.com, Lands End, and other major retailers. We receive up to 26% of the sales total if you enter a retailer's site via iGive.com. This can help us feed and care for the animals that we rescue ~ and it may even contribute towards building the shelter that we need.
Sweetpea For Animals supports Massachusetts Animal Coalition Spay & Neuter Campaign. All of our pets are spayed or neutered before adoption. Massachusetts now offers a specialty license plate that helps end pet overpopulation. Order online at http://www.mass.gov/rmv.
Sweetpea is registered to benefit from the
Harness Fundraiser Program:
- STOPS PULLING ~ GIVES CONTROL ~ NO CHOKING
- Comes in a variety of sizes to suit all dogs
- Just $26.95
- Sweetpea receives 100% of the retail markup for our Shelter Fund!
This is a really innovative harness design, that helps you to have your dog walk to heel -- gently. Click on the link to see videos of the harness in action, or to order one.
Remember to use the dropdown box on the order page, to indicate that you want the revenue to go to Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals.
Help our shelter fund by purchasing the
Pup Crawl Lights-Up Leash:
- $14.95 plus shipping
- $3 will go directly to Sweetpea
- Visible from one-quarter mile away in the dark
- 6-feet long and available in 7 colors
- Made from reinforced nylon suitable for dogs up to 60 pounds
- LED lights can be seen from both sides
- Runs on two replaceable CR-2032 batteries (included)
More than ever, we need financial contributions and the donation of professional services to establish a local animal shelter. All of your contributions are very welcome. We are striving to reach our shelter goal -- our shelter fund increased in the last year, but we still have a way to go. We have leased a shelter - now we need your help in making the shelter a long-term reality.
Sweetpea's association with the Deveraux School has ended. We would like to thank Devereaux for many happy years of helping with our rescue efforts as part of their edcuational programs. We appreciate their help in adopting our rescued animals and for the great support that they provided in socializing our animals, keeping them fit and well, and providing them with love and companionship.