August update

As the Commonwealth continues to open up through the various phases of the pandemic response, we’re working to restart our construction and the fundraising to support it! Pet Hotel Hadley is generously running a car wash to benefit Sweetpea on Saturday, August 8th from 10:00-2:00 – come on down and get all that dust and pollen cleaned off your car!

We’re also running a Rebuild Sale on Sunday August 16th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Swing by the shelter (wear your mask please) and support the shelter rebuild with your purchase! As the event draws closer we’ll post preview pictures on Facebook.

If you designate us as your non-profit-of-choice in Amazon Smile or your online shopping helps support Sweetpea year round. 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.

The closures didn’t stop us from recognizing 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 hope you and your families are safe and healthy, and we look forward to reconnecting with you as soon as it is safe to do so!

Online heART auction

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!!

Halloween Dog Walk 2019

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! 

This image shows the presentation of a donation check by the Big Y manager of the Holden store.

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!

Shows our table at Auburn Petco

Come Visit Us At Petco Auburn 

We are at the Auburn Petco store , 438 Southbridge St, Auburn, MA 01501, every Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm – stop by and hear about our progress on the shelter rebuild!

Here is Dick Clark, our founder, manning the Sweetpea table, assisted by Juno of Juno’s Place