Our 2018 Halloween Dog Walk date is scheduled for Sunday October 21st. We will have sponsored walk circuits for 1 mile and 3 mile walks, with music, stalls, a raffle, and prizes – so start assembling your sponsors now! You can choose your dog-walk, with a choice between a 3 mile circuit (group dog-walk starts at 11:15 am) and a 1 mile circuit (dog walk starts at 12:00 noon). Please see the dog walk event page for more information and to download the sponsor form for dog-walkers.
The Sweetpea Golf Tournament on August 26th was a really great day of golfing, raffles, and fun! We raised approximately $7800 which will be put toward the Shelter rebuilding costs. This is a brilliant contribution (although we still have a long way to go). We hope the golfers enjoyed the beautiful day on the course and the lunch that followed. We are especially looking forward to seeing them back next year with their friends!
Special thanks should go to the tournament committee: Tom & Gabby Savage, Jennifer & Jim Parisi, and Bonnie Courtemanche. We also thank the volunteers that helped with the tournament: Kelly, Aimee, Jordyn, Andrea — and Sarah who sang for us at lunch. With a shout out to the Dan Sobol of DSFX Graphics for doing the tournament signs.
Thank you to our event sponsors: Cole Contracting, The Brian Moore Team at Fairway Independent Mortgage, and Fidelity Bank.
Many thanks especially to Brian Moore Mortgage Corp, who provided goody bags for golfers as well as this amazing raffle basket, complete with New England Patriots golfclub, headcovers and an embroidered towel, 12 Top Flite Gamer Urethane balls and TBMT swag!
Thanks also to all the donors of raffle swag!
Thanks to all the players who turned up to play a round of golf!
And thank you to all the hole sponsors:
The Endurance Society
The Reilly Family
10 West Market
Billy B’s Aluminum Polishing
Rick’s Country Crafts
P.L. Gemme Exteriors
Paxton Pest Control
Eric’s Lawn Care
Mossy Rock Masonry
Barre Artesian Well
Amidio Auto Detailing
Mike & Irene Caruso
Stella BlueDevil’s Demolition & Wrecking, Inc.
New York Life
Amidio Brothers Contracting
Younique Hair Design
Wachusett Landscape & Construction
Maverick & Goose
Paxton Dental Care
Posco Creative Graphic and Web Design
James Hansson Lawn Maintenance
And finally, thanks to our founder, Dick Clark, who was there – as always – to keep an eye on the proceedings!
Our building will be delivered in less than 2 weeks. We need you!
The interior must be finished: Dog Pens, Cat Condos, Free Roam Cat Room Furnishings, Large Grooming Equipment, and more.
Rebuilding costs a lot more than anticipated. It has been a long slow process but we are rebuilding!
Please donate if you can and share with friends, families, employers! Thank you! ❤
Let’s get back to rescue! It takes a village or two and you are our village. ❤
8/14/2018. Today our guys removed the weeds that have grown in the foundation while we wait for our building to be built in the factory.
The use of this machine has been donated by Ahearn Equipment, Inc.
We are so grateful for their donation!
The rest of the week the guys will be busy installing the floor drains and the floor from Lyons Plumbing and Heating in preparation for our building, built by Morton Buildings, Inc. in Westfield, to be delivered next week.
We need your help still to finish the interior.
Please donate if you can – we have quite a way to go, yet!
Thank you all. With your help we are now in stage 3 of rebuild!
Hoping for a grand opening at the beginning of 2019!
Join us for a great day of golfing, raffles, and fun. Prizes for Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and more!! Proceeds going towards the new Shelter, currently under construction. Bring your friends and support a great cause. Cost is $100 per player, $400 per team. Includes greens fee, cart, and meal to follow.
Limited to first 144 golfers. Sign up by Aug. 12th. To register, please complete the registration form, then email it to Tom Savage (email@example.com) or send by mail to Sweetpea For Animals (Golf Tournament), 1090 Pleasant St., Paxton, MA 01612
For those who may not know our history, Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals, Inc. was founded in 2000 by the then Rutland Animal Control Officer, Richard (Dick) Clark. After rescuing a sick and pregnant dog in Rutland State Park who gave birth to six puppies that died shortly after birth of infection, Dick felt a strong need to provide a safe haven for abandoned and homeless animals. The dog he rescued was named Sweetpea and, after intensive care at Westside Animal Clinic, she was adopted into a loving home at Treasure Hunt Farm in Rutland where she lived out the rest of her natural life. Dick, together with family and community members, organized and named our organization after Sweetpea, who is pictured in our logo (to the right). Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals, Inc. began as a small shelter out of Dick’s home kennel and garage.
Over the course of about 10 years, Sweetpea raised money with the goal of buying land and building a new shelter facility in Rutland. Unfortunately the search for a site was not successful, but an opportunity to lease a kennel just over the town line in Paxton presented itself. Sweetpea moved into the former Palatine Kennels and opened there on July 1, 2012. After leasing for nearly 3 years, the owner offered to sell the property to Sweetpea. Sweetpea purchased the property on April 29, 2015. We were planning to begin renovations when a devastating fire occurred on November 22, 2015. The shelter building was destroyed and most of our precious animals perished. The cause of the fire was thought to be electrical.
Shortly after the fire, Sweetpea reinforced the board of directors with some people we thought could help us rebuild. Unfortunately, matters did not move forward with the Town of Paxton and most of our board members resigned in October of 2016. At that point we felt we needed to hire an attorney to help us through the process. Sweetpea hired the law firm Seder and Chandler of Worcester and Attorney Mark Borenstein worked tirelessly with the town from November 2016 until November 2017 to successfully regain the Special Permit and Variance needed to rebuild the kennel. In January 2017, we were able to reform the board of directors with new, enthusiastic members.
In order to proceed through the arduous process of obtaining the permits necessary for the rebuild, Sweetpea had to engage an architect, an engineer, a surveyor, as well as pay for permits and fees to the town. The town also required us to add additional safety features and water and waste containment enhancements to our rebuilding plans, just to name a few unanticipated expenses.
We received our permit to demolish the building in January 2018 and the old building has been razed. In February we received a permit to put in the foundation. We will be applying for additional permits as we progress in the building process. We decided not to reopen the small boarding kennel attached to the house until construction is completed due to the noise and disruption associated with rebuilding.
Sweetpea has continued to have the costs of the mortgage, taxes and maintenance of the property which includes a house that we are using for administrative purposes. We paid extensive veterinary costs for the animals who did survive the fire and more for animals that we have taken into foster care during the time we have been closed. We have paid the legal fees and prebuilding expenses. Now we face the costs of the site work, the building, and the interior work. We have our insurance payment which will cover a portion of the cost and we have the remainder of the Rebuild Account that was funded from generous donations post-fire that we are so grateful to everyone for. Yet, the expenses are great. When the building is completed our final expense will be installing the kennels for the dogs and housing for the cats. So many people have asked what we have done with the money that was raised after the fire. We hope this answers your questions and helps you understand our need to fund raise again to complete the project. With your help, we will soon have a comfortable, safe and secure building to again be able to house homeless dogs and cats until they find their forever homes. Sweetpea is a non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and placement of homeless animals. We sincerely thank you all for your continued support; we cannot do this without you!
February 22, 2018. The Sweetpea Board and Volunteers have just held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new shelter. The pin has been set and the construction crew are preparing for the foundation to be poured. See the Shelter page for more photos of the ceremony!