There are so many ways to help local pets – volunteering, fostering, donating food and/or money, but one way you may not have thought of is donating to local fire stations.
Having a fire at your house when your pets are left home alone is probably every pet owner’s worst fear. I know it’s mine. Although I hope it’s something none of us ever have to deal with, it does happen. Last year a friend of mine, a devoted animal rescuer who takes in sick and elderly dogs, had a fire at her house. Thankfully, someone walking by noticed the fire and called the fire department. And even better, that local fire station, the Euclid Fire Department, had pet oxygen masks. The fire department took great care of the pets and because they had pet oxygen masks, they were able to save many of them.
I didn’t realize until this happened that not all fire departments have pet oxygen masks. For the pets in these cities, if they are rescued from a house fire the fire fighters would not be able to treat them for smoke asphyxiation. It’s a scary thought, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
So how can you help?
- Contact your local fire department to find out if they have pet oxygen masks. Even if they do, they may need more or they may need replacements, so find out all the details. If they need them or need replacements, you can purchase pet oxygen masks for your local department through the Wag’N 02 Fur Life Program – http://www.petoxygenmasks.org
- Contact your local station and let them know about Invisible’s Fence’s Project Breathe, which donates pet oxygen masks to local fire stations. Fire Departments can go to the website http://ifbbeta.invisiblefence.com/why-invisible-fence/project-breathe and fill out a form to get oxygen masks for their station.
- Spread the word! Make sure all pet lovers know about the need for pet oxygen masks.
And thank you, to all of the firefighters out there who risk their lives to save our families, furry and non-furry!