We are rebuilding after the fire that destroyed our shelter building
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!
We are now getting the animal enclosures, air conditioning, & sprinkler system in place. Unfortunately, we are running out of money, so we need your donations to get the final fittings in place, for the shelter to open again.
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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!
Today, we took delivery of the new shelter building — our building is coming in the driveway!
See the video of the first truck pulling in, with update photos on the Shelter page!
Our building will be delivered in less than 2 weeks. We need you!
The interior must be finished: Dog Pens, Cat Condos, Free Roam Cat Room Furnishings, Large Grooming Equipment, and more.
Rebuilding costs a lot more than anticipated. It has been a long slow process but we are rebuilding!
Please donate if you can and share with friends, families, employers! Thank you! ❤
Let’s get back to rescue! It takes a village or two and you are our village. ❤
Join us for a great day of golfing, raffles, and fun. Prizes for Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and more!! Proceeds going towards the new Shelter, currently under construction. Bring your friends and support a great cause. Cost is $100 per player, $400 per team. Includes greens fee, cart, and meal to follow.
Limited to first 144 golfers. Sign up by Aug. 12th. To register, please complete the registration form, then email it to Tom Savage (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send by mail to Sweetpea For Animals (Golf Tournament), 1090 Pleasant St., Paxton, MA 01612
For more details, contact Tom Savage at 508-793-3169 or email at email@example.com.
Hope to see you all there!!🐕🐈⛳
A HUGE thank you to our sponsors!
For those who may not know our history, Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals, Inc. was founded in 2000 by the then Rutland Animal Control Officer, Richard (Dick) Clark. After rescuing a sick and pregnant dog in Rutland State Park who gave birth to six puppies that died shortly after birth of infection, Dick felt a strong need to provide a safe haven for abandoned and homeless animals. The dog he rescued was named Sweetpea and, after intensive care at Westside Animal Clinic, she was adopted into a loving home at Treasure Hunt Farm in Rutland where she lived out the rest of her natural life. Dick, together with family and community members, organized and named our organization after Sweetpea, who is pictured in our logo (to the right). Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals, Inc. began as a small shelter out of Dick’s home kennel and garage.
Over the course of about 10 years, Sweetpea raised money with the goal of buying land and building a new shelter facility in Rutland. Unfortunately the search for a site was not successful, but an opportunity to lease a kennel just over the town line in Paxton presented itself. Sweetpea moved into the former Palatine Kennels and opened there on July 1, 2012. After leasing for nearly 3 years, the owner offered to sell the property to Sweetpea. Sweetpea purchased the property on April 29, 2015. We were planning to begin renovations when a devastating fire occurred on November 22, 2015. The shelter building was destroyed and most of our precious animals perished. The cause of the fire was thought to be electrical.
Shortly after the fire, Sweetpea reinforced the board of directors with some people we thought could help us rebuild. Unfortunately, matters did not move forward with the Town of Paxton and most of our board members resigned in October of 2016. At that point we felt we needed to hire an attorney to help us through the process. Sweetpea hired the law firm Seder and Chandler of Worcester and Attorney Mark Borenstein worked tirelessly with the town from November 2016 until November 2017 to successfully regain the Special Permit and Variance needed to rebuild the kennel. In January 2017, we were able to reform the board of directors with new, enthusiastic members.
In order to proceed through the arduous process of obtaining the permits necessary for the rebuild, Sweetpea had to engage an architect, an engineer, a surveyor, as well as pay for permits and fees to the town. The town also required us to add additional safety features and water and waste containment enhancements to our rebuilding plans, just to name a few unanticipated expenses.
We received our permit to demolish the building in January 2018 and the old building has been razed. In February we received a permit to put in the foundation. We will be applying for additional permits as we progress in the building process. We decided not to reopen the small boarding kennel attached to the house until construction is completed due to the noise and disruption associated with rebuilding.
Sweetpea has continued to have the costs of the mortgage, taxes and maintenance of the property which includes a house that we are using for administrative purposes. We paid extensive veterinary costs for the animals who did survive the fire and more for animals that we have taken into foster care during the time we have been closed. We have paid the legal fees and prebuilding expenses. Now we face the costs of the site work, the building, and the interior work. We have our insurance payment which will cover a portion of the cost and we have the remainder of the Rebuild Account that was funded from generous donations post-fire that we are so grateful to everyone for. Yet, the expenses are great. When the building is completed our final expense will be installing the kennels for the dogs and housing for the cats. So many people have asked what we have done with the money that was raised after the fire. We hope this answers your questions and helps you understand our need to fund raise again to complete the project. With your help, we will soon have a comfortable, safe and secure building to again be able to house homeless dogs and cats until they find their forever homes. Sweetpea is a non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and placement of homeless animals. We sincerely thank you all for your continued support; we cannot do this without you!
We are a 501(c)(3) EIN 04-3550699
February 22, 2018. The Sweetpea Board and Volunteers have just held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new shelter. The pin has been set and the construction crew are preparing for the foundation to be poured. See the Shelter page for more photos of the ceremony!