We are rebuilding after the fire that destroyed our shelter building
The Covid-19 outbreak and the Stay At home Advisory issued for the Commonwealth of MA has forced the delay or cancellation of our programs for the foreseeable future.
That hasn’t stopped us from recognizing the 20th anniversary of the founding of Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals! Created in 1991 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’re still working to rebuild, though the Covid crisis has caused us to lose many of our fundraising and outreach opportunities this year, like the Worcester St. Patrick’s Day Parade, our rabies vaccination clinic and Pet First Aid class.
We hope you and your families are safe and healthy, and we look forward to reconnecting with you when this storm subsides. If you are able we would appreciate your financial support through our Donate link. If you do your online shopping through Amazon Smile or iGive.com and designate us as your recipient that would also help us out!
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!