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Shelter in Central Massachusetts Loses Animals in Fire, Working to Get Remaining Animals Adopted

The Sweetpea shelter burned down back in November



    (Published Thursday, July 21, 2016)

    It's been nine months since a non-profit shelter in Central Massachusetts was devastated by fire. The organization is trying to put the pieces back together and they need your help with one very important piece.

    DaVinci is a survivor.

    The male pit bull was rescued twice - once from a high kill shelter, then again from fire.

    All but four dogs and a cat were killed when the Sweetpea Animal Shelter burned to the ground in November. And the building that housed dozens of waiting pets was a total loss.

    Shelter president Maria McDonnell vividly remembers the late night call, with words she never thought she would hear "...the shelter was on fire to say it was surreal is an understatement,” she said.

    Months later the Paxton, Massachusetts shelter sits in ruin, but will be rebuilt thanks to overwhelming community support.

    "We received over $400,000 in donations since the fire, which is going towards our rebuild,” said McDonnell. She wears a pin with the ashes of the shelter so she never forgets the mission.

    "There's not one day that doesn't go by that I don't think of those 40 animals that lost their lives and I just want to make Sweetpea something fantastic in memory of them."

    The four other surviving animals have been adopted. Jade now has a loving family to take her on walks.

    "I'm an animal lover so it immediately affected me and upset me a lot,” said Katrina Sinclair, who adopted Jade. Despite some scarring from the fire, Jade has no long term health issues.

    “She just loves to snuggle and she's very warm,” said Sinclair’s daughter, 10-year-old Sophie Giadanowicz.

    But DaVinci still needs a forever home.

    "To see DaVinci every day to know he's still at the shelter, waiting for a home, it's hard. We really want him to have a home. He's a good dog. He'll make someone very happy,” said Kathleen DiLeo, a Sweetpea volunteer.

    Davinci is approximately 3-years-old and has no long term health issues from the fire. He would do best in a home with adults and no other pets.

    For more information check out Sweetpea online.

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