The shelter is now back to normal opening hours. All of our rescue animals are at the vet or in foster at the moment, so please phone or email if you are interested in adopting one of our animals. Click here for the most recent updates on our animals (posted in the News section).
We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of sympathy and practical help that we have received. We have a long way to go, but we will rebuild. We are still going ahead with our Pictures With Santa event on December 6th:
Our shelter on the border of Paxton and Rutland caught fire on Saturday 11/21/2015. Sweetpea would like to thank everyone for their quick support and for their ability to come together as a community in order to help us. We would like to thank everyone who came out to the vigil for the animals we lost – we hope that it did as much for you as it did for us. We have had such an overwhelming amount of food, blankets and other necessities donated that we can proudly say that we do not need any more. We will be posting an updated needs list shortly. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in these difficult times – and thank you for the outpouring of generous donations. The response to our disaster has been heartwarming and overwhelming. We can’t replace the animals who perished in the fire – our lost fur-babies will always be in our hearts and our memories. But we can continue to rescue animals as we move on and rebuild.
Sweetpea For Animals is a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue organization. We take in animals who are on “death row” at other shelters, or whose owners can’t keep them but don’t want to surrender them to a kill shelter. We rely on donations, plus any revenue raised from boarding dogs and cats at our kennels, to run our animal rescue. This fire will clean out our whole year’s operating budget. We will struggle to rebuild and to pay off the mortgage. This is really serious for us – we had just taken a mortgage on the rescue shelter and one of the two shelter buildings burned to the ground.