Sweetpea Grant Award!

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!

February 💖 HeART Auction!

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 art photo album.

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).
Note: There are 5 handmade animal feeling bowls in the auction (shown in a single photo) – you can choose your preferred, food-safe finish, but need to indicate if you are bidding on Bowl 1, Bowl 2, Bowl 3, Bowl 4, or Bowl 5 (all the same size).

Sweetpea Pictures With Santa Are Here!

Thank you, to everyone that came out to Pictures with Santa event! We had a brilliant turn out — it was so nice to meet with new and old friends and family!

Click through on a thumbnail, then right-click and save, to download a high resolution version of any photo. To get back to this page, just close the photo display window.

A special Thank You to Santa and his elves! Merry Christmas! 💖 to you all!


Amazon Smile – Donate By Shopping!

You are going to be shopping at Amazon anyway. Why not start at smile.amazon.com and designate Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals to receive a percentage of the sale. It doesn’t cost you anything at all – and you get the same great selection of items at Amazon – and Sweetpea gets a donation!

Just start your shopping at smile.Amazon.com

  • Login to your account
  • Search for Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals in the charity search box (type Sweetpea and you’ll see two organizations – select Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals from the list). Amazon will remember your selection in future – you only have to do this once.
  • Shop. That’s it! No fees or percentages to you or us. Just good old fashioned giving.
  • Bookmark the Amazon smile URL, smile.Amazon.com so you remember to go back there in future.

Remember: Amazon will only credit your charity donation if you type smile.Amazon.com instead of www.Amazon.com each time you shop.

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!

Halloween Dog Walk Report & Photos

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.




Here are some photos from the event!

Sweetpea Golf Tournament Was A Great Success!

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). We hope the golfers enjoyed the beautiful day on the course and the lunch that followed. We are especially looking forward to seeing them back next year with their friends!

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.

Many thanks especially to Brian Moore Mortgage Corp, who provided goody bags for golfers as well as this amazing raffle basket, complete with New England Patriots golfclub, headcovers and an embroidered towel, 12 Top Flite Gamer Urethane balls and TBMT swag!

Thanks also to all the donors of raffle swag!

Thanks to all the players who turned up to play a round of golf!

And thank you to all the hole sponsors:

  • The Endurance Society
  • The Reilly Family
  • Mojo Anthony
  • 10 West Market
  • Gasparoni Plumbing
  • Billy B’s Aluminum Polishing
  • Rick’s Country Crafts
  • P.L. Gemme Exteriors
  • J&H Hardware
  • Paxton Pest Control
  • Eric’s Lawn Care
  • Mossy Rock Masonry
  • Barre Artesian Well
  • Amidio Auto Detailing
  • Mike & Irene Caruso
  • Quin Engineering
  • Stella BlueDevil’s Demolition & Wrecking, Inc.
  • New York Life
    • Ahearn Equipment
    • Rockland Trust
    • Amidio Brothers Contracting
    • Younique Hair Design
    • Wachusett Landscape & Construction
    • Lamoureux Ford
    • Zaza Ink
    • Maverick & Goose
    • Soucy Realty
    • Mantown Barbershop
    • Conte Insurance
    • Wachusett Sealcoat
    • Paxton Dental Care
    • Ladd’s Restaurant
    • Cornerstone Bank
    • Posco Creative Graphic and Web Design
    • James Hansson Lawn Maintenance

And finally, thanks to our founder, Dick Clark, who was there – as always – to keep an eye on the proceedings!