Pet of the Month




Abilene is around 18 months old, a high-energy pittie-mix. She is a sweet girl, who is really lovable and interactive. She loves meeting people and she adores playing fetch (so she is easy to exercise). She also gets on really well with other dogs.
Abilene is good with children, as she grew up in a family with kids. Despite being high energy, she walk nicely on a leash and is learning her manners! She needs someone who will be consistent with continuing her training and will play with her to tire her out!

Watch Abilene's video!lightbox video by v3.0



Sweetpea Events Calendar


Sunday, September 21, 2014

stART on the Street  plus sign
We are participating in central Massachusetts' largest art, music and performance festival - more details to follow. See .

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Blushing Bee’s - Adoption Event  plus sign
Adopt-A-Dog event 11am-3pm

Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Halloween Dog Walk  plus sign
Barre Falls Dam (rte. 62) Hubbardston
Registration: 10.15 - 11.30 am
3 mile walk starts: 11.15 am
1 mile walk starts: 11.30
Lunch: 1-2 pm; Raffle at 2pm.
Map/directions to Barre Falls Dam

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Pictures with Santa

All events at the Sweetpea Shelter unless shown otherwise. For details, click on plus sign next to event, or call Melanie: 508-757-7959



Paw-icon A Journey in the Life of Three Sisters Paw-icon

After two years of effort, our VP Maria McDonnell managed
to rescue and rehabilitate a feral mama cat and her kitties from under the old red barn across the street.


Read the full story at Life With Cats!
Wannabe (the last kitten available) was just adopted, so that makes a trifecta of success.




Dog Walk Flyer
Map and directions to Barre Falls Dam

Download the Halloween Dog Walk Pledge Sheet here - please print and fill out two copies (one for you, one for us!) - or call us for a pledge sheet at (508) 757-7959.


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Thanks to your unremitting support and effort, we won third place - over $17,000 - in the Petco Life is Better Together Photo Contest - this is great news for our Shelter Fund!


Our recent Spring Dog Walk was a raging success and a good time was had by all - see the event photos!



shelter challengeGreaterGood, The Animal Rescue Site, and are excited to ring in 2014 with the new 2014 Celebrations Shelter Challenge. They’ll be giving away 244 prizes, worth a total of more than $100,000, including monetary grants, vaccinations, and pet beds, to eligible shelters in the U.S. and around the world. 

Vote for Sweetpea at!



All of our beautiful babes need homes. Former ferals 50% off and surrenders 25% off.

Reduced fees for all cats over one year old. Look how educated our cats are!



Kitties currently at the shelter to see.

Come visit and we will give details!



There are some common food around your house that can be quite dangerous to your pets. Most pet owners know not to feed chocolate to dogs, but did you know about these other foods? Real Simple put together this list of foods that can be dangerous to your pets - all of these foods can cause death of enough is ingested:

  • Chocolate. Primarily dangerous for dogs, but dangerous for all species, including cats, to a lesser degree. Chocolate overstimulates the nervous system and heart.
  • Grapes and Raisins. Can cause damage to the kidneys.
  • Garlic and Onions. Can damage red blood cells.
  • Xylitol. Found in sugarless gum and candy, it can cause increased insulin secretion.
  • Alcohol & Antifreeze. Depresses the nervous system.
  • Raw Yeast and Bread Dough. Forms gas in the digestive tract and fermentation of yeast can cause alcohol poisoning.
  • Macadamia nuts. Cause muscle and nervous system problems.
  • Avocados. Contain persin, which damages heart muscle.

Also avoid using Cocoa Shell mulch on your garden - it has the same effect as chocolate (highly toxic).


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.

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.


Sweetpea Animal Shelter & Kennels
1090 Pleasant Street (Route 122)
Paxton, MA 01612
Pawprint Find our shelter on Google Maps Pawprint
See Shelter page for driving directions

Open 10am - 3pm, 7 days a week

Please call or email Melanie for an appointment for further details about a Sweetpea event or to meet with our adoptable pets.

Phone: 508-757-7959