We are rebuilding after the fire that destroyed our shelter building
Join us November 22nd for our Virtual 5K to remember the 5th anniversary of the shelter fire, and to celebrate our progress towards reopening!
We’re rolling into the fall with fundraising support from our friends, starting out with our second “BINGO With A Kick” event and a One Hope Wine fundraiser that will run until October 30th. You can watch our virtual wine tasting here – we had a great time, enjoyed the wines, and talked about the upcoming shelter indoor wall construction, next steps, upcoming events and more! Order your wines for holiday gifts or to get you through the pandemic!
Join our Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest through October 30 for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!
Join us at the shelter from 5-7pm on Halloween for a socially-distanced Trick or Treat!
The great support from our friends has us looking at the next steps we can take to build out and outfit the kennel. We’re excited to keep our momentum going and so grateful for your encouragement and support! We’ll update this spot and our Facebook page as we’re able to open up new events and projects.
As the Commonwealth continued to slowly open up through the various phases of the pandemic response, we restarted our construction efforts and the fundraising to support it! We’re so grateful to those who supported our online Tupperware party, two Rebuild Sales, and our first “BINGO With A Kick!” event.
Pet Hotel Hadley generously ran a car wash to benefit Sweetpea on Saturday, August 8th, thank you so much!! Good friends like that are helping us to move forward again.
You can help every month by designating us as your non-profit-of-choice in Amazon Smile or iGive.com – your online shopping helps support Sweetpea every time you shop. We’re very grateful for the friends who have chosen to support us through these methods! If you are able to during these challenging times, we would also appreciate your financial support through our Donate link on this page.
This summer we also recognized the 20th anniversary of the founding of Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals! Created by retired animal control officer Dick Clark, Sweetpea grew and in 2015 purchased the former Palatine Kennels, which were tragically lost in a fire before renovations could be performed.
We want to send a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who continues to support our efforts to build and outfit the new kennel building, especially during these very crazy pandemic times!
Thank you to everyone who supported our online HeART Auction in February! The money raised from your generous donations and bids brings us one step closer to our goal of re-opening the shelter!!
Thank you to everyone who came out and made Photos with Santa a success at the shelter and at Petco throughout December! Thank you to our volunteers and Santa who made the shelter events possible! Also, m any thanks to the Auburn MA Petco for supporting Sweetpea (and for providing a great Santa!) for our three events there!!
Thank you to all who joined us for the Halloween Dog Walk – and thanks to those who made a donation towards the new shelter. We loved the dogs’ costumes ….. and the kids!
A Giant Thank You to everyone who helped to pull this event together behind the scenes, donating, cooking etc. .. We appreciate and love all of you!
Big Y Foods Donates $5000 to Sweetpea from the Annual Paul & Gerald D’Amour Memorial Charity Golf Outing
A huge THANK YOU to Big Y Foods, Inc. They donated $5000 from their 38th Annual Paul & Gerald D’Amour Memorial Charity Golf Outing to Sweetpea!
It’s a big boost to our building fund, which will get us quite a way towards reopening. The photo shows Mary and Dick Clark being presented with the donation by Holden Big Y Store Director, Karen Sultan!
Sweetpea is extremely pleased to announce that we have received a $5000 grant from Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Inc./Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund “to aid in the costs necessary to rebuild and open.”
We are very thankful for this grant and will be using it to help complete the shelter rebuild. Thanks to the generosity of the Foundation, we are now a lot nearer reopening!