LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Old shoes or boots in your closet can now serve a great purpose. They can help families in developing countries and our local animal shelters.
The "Rainbow Bridge Can Wait Animal Rescue" in Carnegie is teaming up with a New York charity called WoofTrax to help raise awareness for dogs in shelters and rescues across the country. Workers at Wooftrax will donate one-thousand dollars for every 25-hundred pair of shoes donated on behalf of Rainbow Bridge, and other shelters participating across the nation. They'll clean up and refurbish those shoes, and then send them to places like Haiti and Honduras, where many people go without. Here in Lawton, there are several locations collecting shoes over the next few weeks.
Just three years ago George was abandoned and left to die. Somebody found him and brought him to to Rainbow Bridge for a second chance at life. Volunteer Carmen Glass says his condition was bad.
"He was suffering from malnutrition, he was skin and bones, covered in fleas and ticks. He had a severe case of the mange. When we took him to the vet the vet thought it would be more humane to euthanize him”, said Glass.
But George fought through and was fostered back to life and got a new home.
"We fell in love with him, my family and I and we ended up adopting him”, said Glass.
George now serves as the face of Rainbow Bridge. The shelter rescues stray animals or takes in dogs from the Lawton Animal Welfare and the Humane Society when they are overcrowded and nurses them back to health. They love helping animals but the cost is their biggest concern.
"The medical cost are unbelievable. Every companion we adopt out is spayed, neutered and up to date on shots, up to date on heartworm, flea and tick prevention. You are getting a fully vetted animal. If there are any medical issues we will take care of that”, said Glass.
Volunteer Monica Hoover says the donation from WoofTrax will help with medical costs and food and supplies. Plus, you will help a child in a developing country get a pair of shoes.
"A lot of people still don't have shoes. I mean we are privileged we have so much. We have running water, and food, shoes tons of them. There are a lot of poor people who don't have shoes”, said Hoover.
One pair of old shoes can save a child and help a dog.
"All these animals they don't have a voice to speak for them. We are the ones that help them gain weight when they are neglected. If you donate those shoes some kid or adult that probably never had a pair is going to wear those shoes and that should make you feel good’, said Hoover.
Their goal can't be reached without the help of the community. Glass had one message to say.
"Adopt don't shop. Do your research on an adoption agency and you will save a life and make someone else's life”, said Glass.
You can drop shoes off at Sutherlands, Nissan of Lawton, Harley Davidson, Just for K9 and Kitties too, Midtown Animal Hospital, Country Mart on 67th street, Southwest Veterinarian, Lawton Motorsports, Jay Kinder Realtor, Discount Tire, Classic Chevrolet, Walters Home Grocery Store, Charlie’s Nails on Cache Road, and Christa’s Alternations on 19th Street.
If you would like to adopt a furry little friend from Rainbow Bridge, they will be at the PetSmart in Lawton Saturday from 11am-til-3pm.