Helping Local Pets: Pet Oxygen Masks

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.

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Photo credit: Wag’N O2 Fur Life – http://www.petoxygenmasks.org

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?

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

CLE Adoptable Canine of the Week

Meet Rayne!

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Age: 10 years old
Breed: Pomeranian
Gender: Female

About Rayne: She is a shy girl and would like a nice calm environment and a family to call her own.  She gets along with other dogs and would be fine in a multi-pet household, as long as it’s on the quieter side, but would be happier being the only dog. (She ignores the kitties).  Her personality really comes out better when she is with her person one on one. When the other dogs are around, she keeps to herself. Contact CentralOhioPomRescue@gmail.com for more info.

Are You and Your Dog Prepared for an Emergency?

Usually I don’t pay that much attention to all the random “National Fill-in-the-Blank Awareness” months and days (although I am a big supporter of National Doughnut Day), but as a new-ish dog owner National Disaster Preparedness Month this month caught my attention. I think it’s important to think about ways you and your dog can be prepared in the case of an emergency.

I’ve taken a few basic steps to prepare for emergencies. First, I’ve made sure that a family member and a close by friend has a key to my house in the event that something happens to me and I can’t get home to my dog at the usual time. I think it’s a good idea to have more than one person have a key to your house so that you have a backup in case one person can’t get there.

Another thing that I’ve done is affix a Fire Rescue sticker to let firefighters know that there is a dog in the house. Of course you never want to think about any of these things happening, when another living being is involved it’s important to take some precautions.

As I mentioned, these are very basic disaster preparedness arrangements. I’ve been reading up about some of the other things that you can do as a pet owner to prepare and came across some good tips on the FEMA site:

– Prepare an emergency kit for your pet – including food, water, medication and a leash.

– Do not leave your pet behind in an emergency or forced evacuation. Have an evacuation spot planned ahead of time. A lot of emergency shelters won’t take pets, so you’ll want to have researched pet-friendly hotels or friends and family you could stay with outside of the area.

– Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.

FEMA has a good brochure on their site for pet owners with more advice on preparing your pet for an emergency: http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/pets_brochure.pdf

Is this something you’ve given much thought to? What plans have you put in place for you and your dog?