Sweetpea Rebuild News!

We have some progress, at last, in our rebuild efforts and financial filings!

Sweetpea’s lawyer had a conversation with the building inspector that went really well and he will be moving forward to file the special permit and variance applications that will go before the Planning Board and the Board of Appeals. We are in the process of gathering the plans that they will need with the applications.

The CPA is waiting for paperwork from the Attorney General’s office that will let us proceed with a review of Fiscal Year 16. The accountant is beginning work on FY 16 tax return to meet our filing extension deadline.

Board membership changes delayed our rebuilding efforts and accounting, but we are now back on track. We still have hurdles to face but these are big steps forward — we are optimistic that you will see Sweetpea back in full operation in the foreseeable future!


Sweetpea Updates

Dear Sweetpea Followers and Supporters,

It has certainly been a difficult 16 months since our devastating fire, and we wish more than anything we could provide you with news of rebuild. We recognize that it is exhausting for all to hear about nothing but obstacles, permitting issues, roadblocks, and other setbacks.

Before our new Board of Directors was formed, our president, Dick Clark, and then treasurer, Mary Clark, engaged a law firm on Sweetpea’s behalf to begin to work aggressively with the Town of Paxton on issues with permits and zoning. This is an active process that takes time. We have received many goodhearted suggestions that we truly appreciate, and we have followed up on all of them. We assure you that we are leaving no stone unturned. In keeping with our promise to remain transparent, information can be found here on our website and on our Facebook page. Members of our board are actively learning how to edit the pages of our website for times when our webpage administrator is not available. Once they are able to edit, it will be easier to keep it up to date.

We are the first to acknowledge that the public deserves to be kept up to date on our status, but the reality is, there is no more to say at the moment. Our mission is to serve homeless animals and it is distressing to our volunteers not to be able to fulfill this mission. That is the bottom line, and the one thing that keeps us going. We need to rebuild to save the animals in need, and so are remaining confident that we will get there. Sweetpea has had a very strong community of volunteers and supporters that have helped hold us together during this time. The truth of the matter is, we cannot rebuild without your continued support. Our new board is working towards learning their roles and taking on tasks; names and pictures of our officers and board members are posted on our website, and meeting minutes will be posted as they are accepted. Right now our focus is on keeping our name out there, attending events, and holding fundraisers so we can continue to pay the expenses on the property.

As mentioned earlier, we have hired lawyers to help us work with the town and decipher what we need to do, what paths we need to or can attempt to take, and what our legal rights are. We have also been working with a new accountant to ensure all reporting is done properly, although due to the circumstances of the fire, we have asked for and received a filing extension for our taxes.

We are a group of dedicated volunteers that want nothing more than for Sweetpea to get back on its feet. If there is anything more that you suggest that we should do to improve communication and keep or restore your faith in us, please let us know. In conclusion, our situation is not what we want it to be, nor where we expected it to be 16 months after the fire, but we continue to fight for the rebuild. We hope the hurdles with the town can be resolved soon so that rebuild can begin, and that we still have our greatest asset, you, our supporters, through it all. Thank you for your continued support and belief in Sweetpea.

Sweetpea F.O.R. Animals, Inc.

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.

Shelter & Boarding Operations Suspended


Our shelter and boarding kennels are closed until we are able to rebuild. We are suspending our shelter operations while we work toward getting permission from the Town of Paxton to reopen our boarding kennels and begin the construction of our new shelter facility.

We can be reached by phone at 508-757-7959 or by email at sweetpeafora@verizon.net
Email and voicemail are being monitored on a daily basis.

If you have a donation or concern and would like to meet with someone, please contact us to arrange for an appointment.
We thank you for your understanding during this difficult period and are very grateful for your support.

Sweetpea F.O.R. Animals, Inc.
Board of Directors

Fire At Sweetpea Shelter

Our shelter on the border of Paxton and Rutland caught fire on Saturday 11/21/2015. We lost 17 dogs and 39 cats, who were loved and who were members of our Sweetpea family – we mourn their loss every day. We are determined to rise again to save more animals in an area with no other animal rescue center or shelter.  

  • Our main animal shelter building was destroyed by a fire on Saturday 11/21/2015, probably caused by an electrical fault.

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 cleaned out our whole year’s operating budget – and then some. 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.

Please donate, to help our rebuilding effort.  Please contact Melanie Kenadek with offers of help.

Donate Via Paypal

Paypal will provide a donation receipt – please print and keep this for your records (you can do this at any time from Paypal).

Send Your Donation By Mail

Please make checks payable to Sweetpea FOR Animals and mail to:
Sweetpea For Animals
1090 Pleasant Street (Route 122)
Paxton, MA 01612

We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization [EIN 04-3550699] – all donations are fully tax deductible.