Sun Shine: Charity begets charity at Sweetpea animal shelter

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Following a devastating fire at Sweetpea For Animals animal shelter and boarding kennel last Sunday night that took the lives of nearly 50 cats and dogs, thousands of people from the Worcester area and from various parts of Massachusetts, the nation and the world have rallied around the Paxton shelter to offer support.

As of Saturday morning, more than $123,000 had been donated by nearly 3,000 people on Sweetpea’s GoFundMe page. Donations range anywhere from $10 to $1,000 and the organization is well over halfway to their goal of $200,000.

Not only locally, but nationally, folks have rallied around the Sweetpea animal shelter following a Nov. 21 fire.

Courtesy Sweetpea Animal Shelter & Boarding Kennel

Not only locally, but nationally, folks have rallied around the Sweetpea animal shelter following a Nov. 21 fire.

All but $5,000 of the donations have come in after the Nov. 22 fire. The GoFundMe page was set up in February.

The nonprofit shelter was founded in 2000 and is run by president Dick Clark of Rutland, a retired animal control officer and Worcester Voke grad; and Clark’s daughter and Sweetpea’s shelter manager, Melanie Kenadek of Warren, a Worcester State alum.


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