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Local Woman Makes Christmas Cards to Spread Awareness About Pet Rescue

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LAWTON, Okla_A local woman is doing her part to spread Christmas cheer while raising awareness about pet rescue at the same time.

Janie Billingsley has designed a line of Christmas greeting cards featuring local animals in need of homes. Each card tells an uplifting tale about the animal, and she hopes they will capture people's attention as well as their hearts.

Local shelters are overflowing with lovable pets, desperate for new homes. Billingsley has rescued over 15 dogs of her own, but is now trying to spread the adoption bug. She is an animal lover, and for her, seeing shelters overflowing is almost too much for her to take.

"It's heartbreaking because those animals have feelings. You know? And they don't understand," Billingsley said.

She and her husband work with local rescue shelters year 'round, but with the holidays fast approaching, she wanted to do something to bring awareness about the importance of rescuing pets.

Billingsley explained, "A lot of times people will take a pet and give it as a gift. This should really be a family decision. Everybody should agree on the adoption because we don't want to get the adoption back."

Instead of knocking on doors or hanging fliers, Billingsley decided to take dogs and cats from area shelters, dress them up in costumes and put their furry faces on Christmas cards for people to buy.

While she held one card in her hands, Billingsley said, "This is Hope, and she is a Great Pyrenees. They named her Hope because she was in a desperate situation when they rescued her, and they hoped she would make it through the night."

All of the cards have an animal like Hope on the cover. Each potential pets' story is on the back along with a number of a local shelters if you're interested in adopting.

Billingsley made no bones about it. Adopting a pet is hard work, but at the end of the day it's a win-win situation for all.

"They rescue you. You don't rescue the dog, they rescue you."

The card with Hope on it was just the prototype. By Thursday, Billingsley has 6 different versions of the cards that will be sold in packs of 12 for $12 a piece.

The cards can be purchased from the Billingsley Ford and Hyundai Showrooms. 100% of proceeds will go to local animal shelters.

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