SWEETPEA FOR ANIMALS is a non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organization, dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of stray, abandoned and surrendered companion animals in central Massachusetts and beyond. We are located on the border between Rutland and Paxton, MA. Thanks to public and corporate donations, we can nurse the needy animals back to health, update their vaccinations and get them spayed/neutered as needed before placing them in warm, caring permanent homes.
Dick Clark, the Rutland Animal Control Officer (now retired), and a small group of concerned citizens founded Sweetpea For Animals in September 2000 after the rescue of a very sick and scared dog who had been used as a breeding factory. She was given the name Sweetpea — we promised her a better life and she inspired our rescue and its logo.
Sweetpea soon gave birth to six tiny puppies, who unfortunately died from an infection within days. After a long recovery period, including a month of intensive care in a local veterinary hospital, Sweetpea was adopted into a loving family at the Treasure Hunt Farm in Rutland. Sweetpea was renamed OD for Other Dog. After an adjustment period, she thrived for several years with her new family and the barn animals including three farm dogs. Sadly, on November 11, 2003 we lost our beloved OD to renal failure. We believe she lived between 12 and 14 years. We are grateful for her life and for those who cared for her. Her inspiration lives on – we promised that no more animals in our area would be seen as “disposable” on our watch.
We have a No-Kill Policy. Once accepted into Sweetpea For Animals, no animal will be euthanized unless incurably ill or dangerous. We are committed to providing medical care, boarding, and training until the animal is adopted into a qualified, loving, and permanent home. We rented, then took a mortgage on a shelter on the border between Paxton and Rutland, MA.
We were renovating the property when we suffered a disastrous fire in November 2015. The office building survived but we now need to rebuild the main animal shelter building. We have renovated the small boarding kennels area in the main building but we cannot succeed without your ongoing help. More than ever, we need financial contributions and the donation of professional services to keep our animal rescue operations running. Rebuilding the main animal shelter will need a lot of money — all of your contributions are very welcome. We still have a good way to go, before our shelter operating fund is stable.
President: Richard Clark-retired Animal Control Officer, founder of Sweetpea
Vice President: Mary Clark-semi retired R.N., animal rescuer.
Treasurer: Jennifer Parisi-Compliance Officer at Sanofi Genzyme
Secretary: Samantha Clark-Associate Relationship Manager of Ecommerce at local company, and long time Sweetpea volunteer.
Board of Directors:
Richard Clark – Chair
Donna Bisceglia – animal rescuer and advocacy/anti cruelty volunteer
Melanie Kenadek – former kennel manager at Palatine Kennels & Sweetpea Rescue Shelter, bather, brusher at Pampered Pet.
Jennifer Parisi – Compliance Officer at Sanofi Genzyme
Kelly Robinson – Emergency dispatcher
Gabrielle Savage – Animal lover
Deborah Young – Standard Auto Wrecking, founder of Juno’s Place, animal rescue volunteer
Advisor: Deborah Lindsey, DVM – Practicing veterinarian
The Sweetpea Board of Directors posted a letter to our supporters, to address any misconceptions about Sweetpea’s operations and our shelter rebuild effort. We now have a fully-constituted Board of Directors again and we are reviewing updated bylaws and policies at our Board meetings, held monthly.
Because of changes to the Board, we are late publishing the 2015-16 accounts. We have retained a CPA to complete this task. All money donated is accounted for and is safe in the Sweetpea bank account (see Jan. 29 Board Minutes). The most recent GoFundMe account was not linked to the Sweetpea bank account so they deducted $20 per transaction and it was designated for rebuild funds only. We decided to close that account and to open a new one, linked to bank and operating expenses, when the shelter plans are finalized and we have a green light to rebuild.
We aim to be transparent in our dealings with the public. To that end, we publish our annual accounts and our board meeting records so that our supporters can see how our organization is governed.