Shop AmazonSmile!

When you use the free AmazonSmile service, Amazon donates a percentage of every purchase you make to Sweetpea Friends Of Rutland Animals. Inc.
Just go to our AmazonSmile affiliate link to sign up and a portion of your purchases will support Sweetpea – throughout the holidays and year-round!
If you’re already registered, don’t forget to type “” into your browser to make a donation for every purchase!

Big Y Donates $295.00 to Sweetpea for Community Bag Sales

Karen Sultan presents the Big Y donation to Dick & Mary Clark, for Sweetpea

Sweetpea was presented with a donation of $295.00 from Holden Big Y Store Director, Karen Sultan, for the Big Y Community Bags purchased during the month of May.

All donations for May were designated to go to Sweetpea, but the purchaser can designate their own charity within 7 days of purchase by going online. So you can still purchase one of these bags at any time and designate $1.00 of the $2.50 price to go to Sweetpea.

The Holden Big Y store is located at 160 Reservoir Street (Rt 31), Holden, MA 01520 – phone (508) 829-9614.

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Big Y for choosing Sweetpea as their recipient for the month of May — and thank you to all who purchased bags!

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!

Amazon Smile – Donate By Shopping!

You are going to be shopping at Amazon anyway. Why not start at 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

  • 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, so you remember to go back there in future.

Remember: Amazon will only credit your charity donation if you type instead of 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!

Help Sweetpea Rebuild

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.