St. Jude Dream Home winner sells home to start animal rescue
The winner of this year's St. Jude Dream Home has officially sold the luxury home in Hixson and used the money to start Westwood Farms Foundation, a private foundation to fund animal rescue.
When Jodie Westwood learned she won the St. Jude Dream Home earlier this year, she knew immediately that some of her winnings would fund work to improve conditions for dogs and cats in Bradley County.
Now that the home has been sold, $50,000 of those earnings have been donated to the nonprofit, low-cost spay/neuter clinic Dixie Day Spay, and a few thousand of that money funded transportation for dogs leaving the SPCA of Bradley County for shelters in areas of the country not impacted by pet overpopulation.
The private foundation provides grants and support to organizations working to relieve over-population and abuse of animals in Bradley County.
“The foundation's first priority will be providing funding for Dixie Day Spay and other efforts at comprehensive spay/neuter,” Westwood said. “As important as rescue is to the individual animal, we can rescue 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and never change the overall problem. We have got to reduce the population and preventing the births of more unwanted puppies and kittens is mission number one.”
As the holiday season approaches, Westwood Farms Foundation encourages Bradley County residents to invest in making Bradley County a compassionate community.
Donations can be made by Paypal to email@example.com or by mail to Westwood Farm Foundation, 5350 Frontage Road NW, Cleveland TN 37312.
If you'd like your donation to be restricted to Dixie Day Spay or the SPCA, please note that. Donations not designated will be used for general purposes of providing support in efforts to reduce overpopulation of and help companion animals with medical and other needs in Bradley County.