Donate or Bid For Original Art in Our Annual 💖 HeART Auction

Artists and art lovers! We present our 💖 HeART Auction for 2019! The slideshow presents art and craft items by adult, teen, and pre-teen artists, who have donated their work to support Sweetpea.

  • "Cat Love" sign Acrylic on wood 5x8?; Artist: Kallie Harding Starting bid: $20.00; U.S. Shipping: $10.00

The auction runs from Feb 14 through midnight Feb 28th:

Scroll through the items for auction above.

From 12:00 am February 14 – 11:59 pm February 28, you can place bids on the items by visiting the HeART event Facebook page.

  • Please make your bid in the comments section of the photograph of the item you want to bid on.
  • The link above will take you to the instructions (first photo in set). You’ll need to be logged into Facebook, in order to bid.
  • Scroll through the photos until you see your item, then add a comment to that item’s photo, to place a bid.
  • You can also see other bids placed on that item, so revisit often to make sure your bid is the highest!

Note: There are 5 handmade animal feeling bowls in the auction. These are shown in a single photo here, but you can bid on the photo for Bowl 1, Bowl 2, Bowl 3, Bowl 4, or Bowl 5 in the Facebook album (all the same size).

The highest bidder at 12:59 pm February 28 wins the bid. The highest bidder will be notified they are the highest bidder. Highest bidder then pays for the item(s) (plus shipping) through our paypal link, here:


Item will then be shipped. Some items may be to costly to ship. Those items will be listed as local bids only and must be picked up.

All proceeds will go to help finish the new facility so we can reopen and return to rescue of animals.

Please let Melanie know if you have any questions, preferably via Facebook PM – or email to Sweetpea if you’re not on Facebook).

Come Visit Us At PetCo Auburn 

We are at Petco Animal Supplies, 438 Southbridge St, Auburn, MA 01501, every weekend. Here is Dick Clark, our founder, manning the Sweetpea table, assisted by Juno of Juno’s PlaceVisit us to say Hi and the chance to meet with local canine stars!
You can hear about our progress with the shelter rebuild, and any animals that we currently have available for adoption (we only have fostered cats and animals we are helping do adopt from other rescues, until the new shelter opens).

Through The LOVE of Animals Sweetpea Can Rise Again

Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals, Inc is a non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organization, dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of stray, abandoned and surrendered companion animals in central Massachusetts and beyond. We are rebuilding our shelter after a devastating fire. We have the shell in place – now we need to fund the dog crates and cat cages for animals to be housed, before we can reopen. Please contribute generously to our Giving Grid for Donations!

The phoenix is rising!

The shell of our new shelter, with plumbing and wiring in place, is now complete – it is really heartening to see the phoenix rising from the ashes of our deadly fire.

It has taken a long time to get this far – past planning, organizational, and funding obstacles. But we are now three-quarters of the way to reopening.

See the rest of the update photos and status reports on the Shelter page!

We still have a long way to go until we can proceed further with construction – we now need to raise money for up-to-code dog kennels and outside runs, plus banks of cat cages. We are dependent on the generosity of supporters. Please contribute to our GoFundMe Appeal – or you can make a donation via Paypal.

We are also looking for sponsors and corporate sponsors. If there is anyone out there who has a business or works at a business you think maybe willing to help … please email us or private message @sweetpeafriendsofrutlandanimals on Facebook, and we will send you the sponsorship information!

Fundraising & Progress Report

Thanks to the generous supporters and local sponsors of Sweetpea Benefits events. Our special thanks go to Juno’s place and to our volunteers and supporters who have been fundraising for us. We have the most constant, warm-hearted supporters in the world – and we are constantly thankful for all that they do.

The day of our 2018 Halloween Dog Walk was cold, wet and windy. Despite the weather, we had a moderate turnout, lots of good food, and a fabulous raffle. All together we raised $2174 towards the new shelter. Many thanks to those who braved the cold and wet to make the day a success. Many thanks also to our generous sponsors: JP McCarthy & Sons, Babcock Power, and Dr George Franca.

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). You can read the report and see a list of hole sponsors on the Golf Tournament page. 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 – and thank you to all the hole sponsors (listed on the Golf Tournament page).

Our friends continue to help with fundraising – many thanks to Juno, of Juno’s place, for her help!