Our 2017 Halloween Dog Walk date is scheduled for Sunday October 22nd. We will have sponsored walk circuits for 1 mile and 3 mile walks, with music, stalls, a raffle, and prizes – so start assembling your sponsors now! You can choose your dog-walk, with a choice between a 3 mile circuit (group dog-walk starts at 11:15 am) and a 1 mile circuit (dog walk starts at 12:00 noon). Download a copy of the sponsor pledge form here. — Please fill out two copies of the sponsorship form, as we can’t post carbon copies on the internet ( 😺 ) – one for us (to be submitted when you register) and one for you (to collect the pledges).
Registration opens at 10:30 am (until 11:30 am) – please see the sponsorship and ledge form for registration details (you’ll need to bring proof of rabies vaccination, to join in the sponsored walk).
Come for the dog-walk, stay for the party! We have a BBQ at 1:00 pm, and a Raffle at 2:30 pm. Plus spooky fun events, music, and our volunteer of the year award.
Costumes are welcome, for dogs as well as people. But please – no scary masks or flexi leads.
If you can’t make the dog walk and would like to make a personal contribution, please donate via our Paypal account: [do_widget id=paypal_donations-3]
When the Sweetpea shelter burned to the ground on November 22, 2015, we never thought we would still be waiting to demolish and rebuild. We still don’t have an answer as to whether demolishing and removing all the rubble from the old shelter building will affect our rebuild status with the town of Paxton. Issues with zoning and setbacks got so confusing and complicated that we hired a law firm to work with the town. We are now at a point where they will be submitting an application to the Zoning Board of Appeals. We are hoping for a spot on their August agenda.
Sweetpea is planning an Open House, tentatively on August 6, so that residents of Paxton, especially our neighbors, and anyone else interested in learning about our rebuild plans can see our plans and have the opportunity to ask questions. Once we have a definite date and time, we will post it here and on our Facebook page, Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals.
May 26th-May 28th 2017, Sweetpea attended this fun event. We are so grateful for being chosen as the charity for Fur-Xoticon Convention again this year. Thank you to the organizers and all who attended. The group photo only shows a few of the attendees. We thank them for raising money to help us continue to rescue animals! WOW! The convention raised $2,583.00 for Sweetpea! Such a great fun group! Sarena, Robert and Deb spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the convention and had a super time! Jake and Juno too!
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 Sweetpea along with Juno’s Place and Hanna’s Home, attended the 2nd Annual Petfest in Glens Falls NY with our friend Hudson the Railroad Puppy. We had a great day. It was Jake’s first event since his attack. He did great! Juno wowed her fans in her convertible and Sweetpea alum Hanna did what she does best – slept through it all! We love our NY fans; they are so generous! We talked about Sweetpea and our mission, met some new friends, ate some food, and saw some really awesome dogs and cats, too. We even met Gordon Shell. You can check out more about him here and here. We look forward to attending again next year.
On Monday, May 15th, Sweetpea was asked to help a stray cat that had been found in Dudley. He is an intact male. He was brought to our vet and was treated for wounds, eye infection, flea, tick, internal parasite infestations, and he was neutered. If he is yours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read update below….
5/24/2017 Mufasa is recovering very well. A Gofundme account was about to be setup to help us cover his medical costs and care during his quarantine, but then a super special secret person stepped in and covered his medical bill for us. Thank you! Mufasa is now in his foster home. He has to be there for four months minimum under strict quarantine! This limits our foster homes further! The foster home cannot foster other cats while Mufasa is there. We turn away cats and dogs on a daily basis. We are limited in cat foster homes and have no foster homes for dogs. Since the fire, we have rescued multiple cats and kittens with our small foster home base, but we need you, our loyal supporters. We need you to help us expand our foster home base. If you would like to become a foster home, please email us at Sweetpeafora@verizon.net or come to our monthly volunteer meeting. We meet the first Friday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at 1090 Pleasant St. Paxton. With your help we can save more! We hope to see you there!
In preparation for applying to the Zoning Board, Sweetpea’s attorneys referred us to an engineer to prepare the site plans required by the Zoning Board. Unfortunately the plans that we had in our possession from previous work done did not meet the requirements of the Zoning Board. We contracted with the engineer and the work is in progress.
While this is being done, our Rebuild Committee is meeting with contractors to get estimates on demolition and building a new shelter on the footprint of what was there. As much as it has pained us to leave the destroyed kennel there, we have never gotten a clear answer from the town if tearing it down before we have permits to rebuild would adversely affect us.
Our tax return was filed on Monday, May 15, to meet the filing extension deadline for Fiscal Year 2016. We are now working with our accountants to prepare a review required by the Attorney General’s office. Last year was a challenge because we went from leasing the property in Paxton to purchasing it in April 2015. We were in the midst of preparing for renovations when the kennel fire occurred. In the aftermath of the fire, we were blessed with the generosity of the public. That significantly increased our income for that short period of time and overwhelmed our very basic volunteer bookkeeping which challenged our accountant. Since then we have been working with the accountants to accurately report those events and to improve our accounting system going forward.
As we have said in the past, all funds donated for rebuilding are secure in a Rebuild account and are to be used only for that purpose. Undesignated donations are used to maintain the existing property and to help care for a small number of cats that we are able to keep in foster care homes.
We hope to get back to you soon with more news of progress.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 we attended Paws 4 A Cure 10th Anniversary Celebration and Charity Walk. It was a beautiful, but windy day. We have to figure out how to secure these tents better on windy days as a few blew over and were ruined. There were fun times to the day. We ordered pizza and shared it with Juno, Jake, and Hanna. But it took all of us here some time to recover from the shock of Jake’s attack before posting photos of the day. If you aren’t aware of the terrible attack, you can visit Juno’s Place on Facebook for updates. Thankfully, he will be ok. Thank you Robert for getting pictures of the vendors present. Thank you so much to Keri Goldman for all her hard work organizing and running this event. Thank you to Marcel Dubois from K9 Tails for this video tribute to the day! You can also see more pictures on our Facebook page …