Heartbreaking — 56 Pets Perish in Fire at No-Kill Shelter

Petful has donated $500 to Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals to help them rebuild.

Firefighters desperately tried to save the animals, but it was too late.
Firefighters desperately tried to save the animals, but it was too late.

This past weekend, a devastating fire broke out at Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals Inc., a no-kill shelter in Paxton, Massachusetts. By the time firefighters were able to get the blaze under control, 56 dogs and cats had perished.

Four dogs and a cat were rescued. They are recovering at local veterinary offices, with one of them in critical condition. The fire appears to have been an accident, fire officials say.

The tragedy is mind-numbing. This no-kill facility was supposed to be the pets’ salvation. Shelter workers are devastated. Some of the animals had been there for years and were “like family,” they say.

“We lost 17 dogs and 39 cats,” the organization announced on its website. “We are still in a state of shock, trying to take care of the remaining animals and to clean up.”

Three of the survivors of the fire.
Three of the survivors of the fire.

They Need Our Help

Sweetpea Friends of Rutland’s building was destroyed. The nonprofit organization had just taken out a mortgage on the property, and rebuilding will wipe out the entire year’s operating budget.

Petful has donated $500 to the group — just one of many donations that are now pouring in from animal lovers all over the world. If you would like to help, donate here on GoFundMe. Every little bit helps.

I won’t lie — I just donated, too.

And this is one post I definitely needed a Kleenex to write.

Sources: WCVB, Washington Post

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