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.

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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

Through The LOVE of Animals Sweetpea Can Rise Again

Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals, Inc is a non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organization, dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of stray, abandoned and surrendered companion animals in central Massachusetts and beyond. We are rebuilding our shelter after a devastating fire. We have the shell in place – now we need to fund the dog crates and cat cages for animals to be housed, before we can reopen. Please contribute generously to our Giving Grid for Donations!

Have companies donate a percentage of your online purchases to charity at no cost to you. Just register at iGive.com to donate to Sweetpea and download the iGive browser button.

It’s all free – the stores make this possible because they want you to like them and to shop with them over and over again. Stores participating in iGive include popular sites like Lands End (1.6% donation) and Best Buy (1.2% donation). Better still, the iGive button is compatible with Amazon Smile – that means we can double-dip, getting the iGive Amazon donation (currently 0.8%) plus the Amazon Smile donation (0.5%) when you are enrolled to donate to Sweetpea in both schemes!

iGive.com is easy to join — and you can install the iGive Button in your browser, to obtain the donation automatically from most online shopping sites as you visit them. Select Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals as your charity when you first join, then select your favorite online merchants. After that, you can use the iGive Button to access websites or to request the donation, with no further hassle. You’ll be surprised at how many of your favorite merchants are part of the scheme!