Sweetpea Thanks To Isaiah, Our Birthday Guardian Angel!

Isaiah is our honored Guardian Angel this month! He collected donations for Sweetpea for his birthday and is shown here with all the goodies he collected for us. Isaiah is the brother of another of Sweetpea’s Guardian Angels, Michaela, who donates the profits from her lemonade stand and craft works to Sweetpea.   Many thanks, and hugs and kisses on your birthday, Isaiah, from Sweetpea – you made our work a lot easier!

Sweetpea Volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to join us in our animal rescue, fostering, and rehabilitation work – as well as planning events, and having fun with other Sweetpea volunteers! Please email us at sweetpeafora@verizon.net for more details.

Volunteer meetings (must be a registered volunteer to attend, for insurance reasons) are held on the first Friday of every month at 7 pm at the Sweetpea shelter.

A Letter To Our Supporters

Dear Sweetpea Community,

In reaction to our recent Facebook post about DaVinci, many people voiced some pertinent questions and concerns with Sweetpea. While many did not seem aware of our current situation, we assure you we are not intentionally misinforming or withholding any information. We have had a detailed update posted on our website, www.sweetpeafora.org , since early November and are always vigilant about answering emails and Facebook messages. Our goal is to be completely transparent, we have nothing to hide. Towards the end of last year, most of the members of our board of directors resigned. Essentially, this meant we had to start over and it took some time to assemble a new board. Now that the new board has been established, with it comes fresh ideas and determination. We have lawyers working with the town on our behalf to reinstate our boarding permit as well as to get the go ahead for rebuilding. There are zoning issues with the property that are out of our control, but we and our lawyer are working diligently to resolve the issues so we can finally move forward. Beyond the legal issues, we continue to need you and your support. Your thoughts, opinions, and ideas are not only welcomed, but encouraged and valued. Please ask us questions before making negative assumptions. Our Board meets once a month and all members of the public are welcome at those meetings.

As for DaVinci, we have been actively seeking placement for him since October 2014 when he came to us. After the fire, we checked into a local reputable training/boarding facility but chose not to send him due to a clause in their contract that he would be removed from the program with no refund “if he showed aggression toward any humans”. Since this is what we wanted them to work with him on, it seemed senseless to send him and throw money away. The urgency of DaVinci’s fate arose when the place that we have been paying to keep him informed us they could no longer house him once his quarantine (from biting one of our volunteers) was up. We had no place to put him. While none of us agreed with it, and I assure you that not one of us accepted it, the hard truth of the matter was if there was no place for him to go, there was only one other option. This is what prompted the Facebook post that caused so much controversy and negativity. We realize now that the post was lacking in detail and led people to jump to unthinkable conclusions about Sweetpea. Our only thought was to save him. DaVinci is a sweet dog, yes. However, it cannot be overlooked hat he has a bite history due to known reactivity towards other dogs which has caused injury to him, other animals, and humans. This makes him very difficult to place, but we never once gave up on him, and still were not planning on it despite our limited options. We needed help, and thankfully we received it just in time. We thank everyone who gave us suggestions, shared our post for the right reasons, offered help, made phone calls and reached out to us. It does take a village, and because of you, DaVinci has found a place to go.

We cannot thank you enough for all of your efforts and support. Many questions also arose about the status of the donation monies we have received since the fire. All the monies donated specifically for rebuilding are secure in a rebuild account and cannot be used for other purposes. A portion of other donations has been used for the care of the survivors. We still need to maintain the existing building on the property – mortgage, taxes, heat, electricity, and insurance – but we are doing our best to minimize expenses and focus on rebuilding. We hope that with improved communication and transparency, we can earn the trust of those who may be uncertain. If anyone has any further questions or concerns, the best way to reach us is through a ​Facebook private message, or by email at sweetpeafora@verizon.net .

We are posting updates and more information in the Board Minutes linked from our “About Us” web page.

We remain Sweetpea Strong!

Sincerely,

Sweetpea F.O.R. Animals Board of Directors

News & Upcoming Events

News

Bids for demolition of the fire-damaged shelter building are being obtained and we are meeting with the Paxton Town Administrator to clarify permit, zoning, and business license issues.  We have a lawyer working with the town on zoning issues and we are waiting on permission to demolish the fire-damaged shelter building, before we can rebuild. At the moment, we are hoping to start work on the rebuild in early summer.

If you would like to volunteer with us please email sweetpeafora@verizon.net and try to submit, along with your resume, within a week.

Foster homes ….. we can still take rescue animals if we have more foster homes. We will maintain a list of those who volunteer to foster a dog or cat. If you are able to foster, or know of some one who would like to foster a dog or cat, please email mkenadek1@gmail.com.

Thank you to all our loyal volunteers and supporters!