Our shelter on the border of Paxton and Rutland, MA caught fire on Sunday 11/22/2015. 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 Sunday 11/22/2015, 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.

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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.

Fire At Sweetpea Shelter
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