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Hosting a Car Wash to Benefit the Whip City Animal Sanctuary
We are so pleased to have been able to have helped the Whip City Animal Sanctuary We have a fantastic support group in our neighboring business with Brothers Car and Truck and our wonderful landlord. We had gorgeous weather for the car wash and very generous families coming out to get there cars all spiffy. Thank you all who came out, and we hope you all go check out the farm! Read our news article below: Donation helps animal sanctuary grow | The Westfield News |June 17, 2021
WESTFIELD – When Camp K-9 owner Ali Connor heard about the Whip City Animal Sanctuary from a customer, she had to check it out. The sanctuary provides a forever home for animals that are unwanted, neglected or abused, states its Facebook page. After visiting the sanctuary on the Plourde family farm at 232 Montgomery Road in Westfield, and learning the Plourdes operate it with donations, Connor knew she had to help.
“We went twice with my children and they loved it,” said Connor. “From one animal business to another, I wanted to do something. “I approached our landlord, Alan Figueroa,” she said. “He owns the building and Brothers Auto. We decided to have a car wash and he was able to get a sponsorship from NAPA to purchase soap, sponges and buckets and we agreed to match what we made.”
The result was a $1,712 donation to the sanctuary.
Kerry Plourde said it’s the largest donation they have received since opening to the public last November. The Whip City Sanctuary is a place for wayward farm animals and includes a beloved cow named Teddy, a turkey named Tom, a horse named Molly and her new calf, Reed, named for the former farm owner, and several goats, horses, a rooster and pigs. Plourde said the newest addition is a pot-bellied pig originally name Bruschetta, now called Chutey.
When Connor and Camp K-9 staffer Sean Romani visited the sanctuary to present the check, Chutey followed them around, becoming fast friends with Romani.
Plourde said the animals are mostly friendly and roam the property on Saturdays when the Whip City Animal Sanctuary is open to the public from 12-2 p.m. There is no cost for admission and donations are accepted. Visitors enjoy meeting the farm animals and making new hairy, furry and feathered friends.
“People love the animals and we have volunteers who help us care for them,” Plourde said. “We are always in need of volunteers.”
Volunteers can be any age and perform farm chores such as feeding animals, cleaning stalls, bathing and brushing animals and more.
Teddy is a well-known personality at the Whip City Animal Sanctuary. (HOPE E. TREMBLAY/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)
There are currently 25 animals, and they require a lot of work, love and money. Plourde said the donation from Camp K-9 and Brothers Auto will allow for some “breathing room” when it comes to expenses.
“We have not been able to save up ‘a kitty’ so this will really help,” he said. “It can be very expensive to care for animals but when we need a veterinarian, we call the vet.”
Plourde said he recently spent about $10,000 caring for one animal who came to them in need of medical attention.
In addition to accepting donations, Whip City Animal Sanctuary is hosting its first golf tournament July 17 at East Mountain Country Club. Plourde said sponsorships are still available and players are needed. Deadline is June 25. For an application or questions, email email@example.com or call 413-627-6192.
Designing the Logo for Highland Elementary School here in Westfield
Highland Elementary unveils new school logo y Peter Currier
Posted on December 21, 2019 Camp K-9 owner Ali Connor shows off the new Highland Valley Elementary husky puppy logo to the student body. (Photo by Peter Currier)
WESTFIELD- Highland Elementary School’s new logo was unveiled Dec. 20 in the school’s gymnasium as all of the students were gathered for the annual holiday sing-a-long.
The Highland Elementary Huskies logo was updated due to the efforts of the management of the Camp K-9 Doggy Day Camp and local graphic designer Crystal Childs. Camp K-9 owner Ali Connor said that she was inspired to try to create a new logo after she joined the school’s PTO last year when her son was in Kindergarten.
“I noticed that there was an issue with the branding at the school,” said Connor.
She said that every instance that she saw of an old logo being used was typically some sort of clip art, and there was not a single unifying logo design for the whole school.
Interim Principal Jill Phelan said that some of the logos that were used looked too much like the Westfield Middle School logo of a wolf. She said that they were looking for something that may be more geared towards elementary school students.
The decided upon logo was that of a husky puppy with a distinct design meant to look different from the WMS logo.
Camp K-9 donated the materials needed to create the new logo while Childs designed and donated it to the school.
The school will now slowly replace the instances of the other logos throughout the building with the new one.
When Childs designed the logo, she also created alternate versions that can be used specifically for letterheads and stamps.
Educating Young Students on Dog Awareness
We have worked with Roots Preschool to reach out to the young students to teach them about dog safety. It is so fun working with the kids and showing them how to interactive when a dog when it is ok to approach. The kids ask great questions and love to pet the dogs we bring. Riley and Beau normally attend our visits to the preschools, and at the end of our presentation all the kids get a fun Camp K-9 tattoo!
Raising funds for Operation Delta Dog