Sweetpea F.O.R. Animals, Inc. 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 are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization [EIN 04-3550699] – all donations are fully tax deductible.


We depend on your kind generosity. We are not affiliated with any other animal welfare organization and do not receive any government funding. Our revenue comes from donations, adoption and surrender fees, grants, and fundraising events. We do not make a profit from adoption fees or from boarding fees – these cover animal rescue, rehabilitation, vet costs and the cost of bedding, feeding, grooming, and training until an animal is adopted. Rescued animals often stay with us for many months and occasionally over a year. They arrive with untreated medical issues – the costs of rehabilitating and caring for a rescue animal can be substantial. Some of our dogs’ and cats’ breeds and natures are unrecognizable until they have been bathed, shaved, vetted and cuddled.

We suffered a devastating fire in November 2015. We lost the main animal shelter building – we now need donations and sponsorship to get back on our feet. Sweetpea had taken full ownership of the former Palatine Kennels a few days days before the blaze and we had plans to improve and upgrade the building that was lost in the fire. This was a really serious setback for us – we had just taken out a mortgage and were intending to use pet boarding fees to subsidize our rescue operation. Now we need financial contributions and the donation of professional services to rebuild the rescue shelter and to make animal rescue in our area a long-term reality.

Sweetpea meets a real need in our area that previously had no animal rescue or shelter of any type for abandoned animals. We never euthanize an animal that is healthy or can be treated, including behavioral rehabilitation. Veterinarian fees alone can cost a lot of money. One sick animal can clean out our whole month’s (or even quarter’s) operating budget. Please donate via our Paypal link (below), or email us at sweetpeafora@verizon.net, with other offers of help. Thank you for caring.

Donate via Paypal or credit card: 


Send a donation by mail: 

Make checks payable to Sweetpea F.O.R. Animals, Inc and mail to:
Sweetpea F.O.R. Animals, 1090 Pleasant Street (Route 122), Paxton, MA 01612

We’re excited to offer a number of other ways you can support our efforts to return to operation. 

PayPal Giving Fund is another way to donate through PayPal.  Your donation actually goes to, and your receipts come from, PayPal Giving Fund, a different 501(c)3 organization.  Approximately 45 days later, they make a donation to Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals in the amount you donated to PayPal Giving Fund.  It seems like an unnecessary step, but by going that way they waive all the processing and transactions fees. .  

PayPal Giving Fund Site


If you’re a customer of TD Bank, you can designate Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals as your Affinity designee.  Basically, you tell TD Bank “I’d like to designate Sweetpea for your Affinity program” and they make a recurring donation to Sweetpea because you, their customer, told them we are important to you.  You can learn learn more about how it works for Sweetpea on this page:

TD Bank Affinity Program


iGive.com online shopping referrals fill the void left by the end of the Amazon Smile program.  If you create an iGive.com account, designate us as your charity, and start your shopping at iGive.com, then the shopping site will make a donation to Sweetpea based on the value of your purchase.  For example, if you know you’re going to order from Kohls.com or Walmart.com, you would log in to the iGive.com site first, then select your shipping site from their list of 1800+ partners.  When you checkout, they automatically designate a percentage of your total purchase as a donation to Sweetpea.  You can register for iGive.com through the link below.