Ardmore business donates van to local animal rescue

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Patti Colwell is the president of Forever Friends Foster Care and Rescue and takes care of dozens of dogs at her house, many with special needs and disabilities.

'There's a lot that goes on," Colwell said. "I've got 45 that I take care of before I come to work every day."

Colwell said last year someone donated $5000 to the rescue to go toward a transport van, but the one they bought needed some work.

"And seven, eight, nine months later, we finally get a van that, two blocks away from the place we picked it up, broke down and hasn't run since," Colwell said.

Randy Cramer. who owns Southwest Collision in Ardmore, jumped into action to help the rescue.

"We thought it'd be a nice thing to purchase her a van and maintain it for them, and give it to them to take their animals to and from the locations that they need to transport them," Cramer said.

Cramer brought the new van to Colwell on Thursday.

"So, now, we'll have something we can just leave it in, haul the dogs and haul the equipment," Colwell said. "It's going to be awesome."

Colwell said with vet bills and transportation, the cost of running a rescue is steep.

Having the new van will allow Forever Friends to focus more on those other expenses.

"Randy did us a wonderful favor," Colwell said.

Cramer said his business will maintain the van so it can stay on the road as long as possible.

Colwell said Forever Friends is always looking for families to foster animals and donations. The rescue is also at PetCo in Ardmore the first Saturday of every month to adopt out animals.