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LAWTON Okla_ As winter approaches, more cats and dogs will walk through the doors of local shelters and rescue organizations.

One local business is hoping to cut down on the influx of animals that could be at risk of euthanasia this season. Billingsley Ford of Lawton is hosting "Drive with the Big Dogs" Saturday, in an attempt to find the loving, yet displaced animals, permanent homes.

Of course dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds are in need of homes right now in our area, but Billingsley Ford and the Rainbow Bridge Can Wait Rescue Shelter want to spread awareness about big dogs this weekend. Their numbers in shelters spike this time of season, so they're hoping to find loving homes for the big bundles of joy that often go overlooked.

"I brought 16 home with me one time when the rescue ran out of power," Janie Billingsley said.

After growing up on a ranch, Janie is one of Lawton's biggest animal lovers. She said adopting those in need has always been a priority.

"We've adopted three that are just like my children," Janie said. "We have a small, medium and a large rescue."

Over the years, organizations like the Rainbow Bridge Can Wait Rescue in Carnegie have seen an influx of larger dogs with no place to call home. Places like the Great Pyrenees Rescue said they're running out of space and money.

"We're getting calls all the time from places we call kill shelters, places that put these dogs down whether they're purebred or not," Brenda Graves from the Great Pyrenees Rescue said. "We don't have any room. If we don't have fosters to put them in, then we would have to put them in boarding. That is extremely expensive."

For organizations like the Lawton Humane Society, options are even more limited. That means dogs are displaced even longer.

"What we've usually found is the bigger dogs tend to stay in the foster homes a lot longer, and they're fantastic pets," Animal Fosters Chris and Jennifer McCollough said. "For some reason they like to linger around in the foster homes."

That's why Billingsley Ford is taking action Saturday. They're hosting a drive specially designed for the big and beautiful, in hopes of easing the influx and creating new family members for folks who never think to consider these breeds.

"I think people need to realize that big dogs, even though they're big, they're not as intimidating as much as you think they are," McCollough said. "They can just be members of your family. They can be that big cuddle bear that lies on your lap, just like a Chihuahua or Pomeranian do."

"They have so much to give," Janie said. "They just need a place to be able to have a human to call their own. It means the world to me to be able to help find every single animal a home."

During Saturday's adoption drive, animals with the Rainbow Bridge Can Wait Shelter will be available to take home. Also, Billingsley said each animal up for adoption will have their photo taken for Christmas cards, with all proceeds going towards the rescues.

The event runs from 10am-3pm Saturday at the Billingsley Ford dealership in Lawton, located at Northwest 82nd Street and Quanah Parker. There is an adoption fee to cover the cost of vaccinations and spaying and neutering.  

Visit these organizations on Facebook:

Rainbow Bridge Can Wait Animal Rescue and Adoption


Humane Society of Lawton - Comanche County



The Great Pyrenees Rescue of Oklahoma


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