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It’s estimated that between 40,000 and 150,000 pets die in house fires every year, most due to smoke inhalation. Why such a high number? Because even if fire fighters are able to get pets out of the house, most emergency responders don’t have oxygen masks designed to fit dogs and cats and so cannot revive them. It’s a horror beyond imagining.
Now while that’s certainly a gloomy way to begin this story, it gets better from here. Promise.
Project Breathe™ Program designed and hosted by Invisible Fence® Brand, donates pet oxygen mask kits to first responders. Call your local fire station today to let them know that all they need to do is ask. Each kit includes a small, medium, and large mask, and fire stations can receive one of these kits free of charge.
These masks truly can make all the difference. Take it from animal rescuer Chris Carney, whose seven rescue dogs were caught in a house fire:
“There were no people left in the house and [the firefighters] didn’t have to go inside. They chose to anyway and risked their lives for the dogs. They pulled all seven remaining dogs out of the house and with the help of [the Project Breathe] oxygen masks, worked furiously as a team to revive them all in simultaneous, side-by-side resuscitation. What these firefighters did, how hard they worked together as a team, was truly amazing. And Julie, Marty, Angel, Angie, Sam, and Cici got their lives back.”
“That would have been the end for them if it hadn’t been for these oxygen masks,” Chris adds. “I try to save dogs, but that night Project Breathe and Gainesville Fire Rescue saved mine.”
Officials are taking note of the Project Breathe work being done in our home state: in 2016, Congressman John Kline’s 2016 Star of the North Award was awarded to Keith Olson of Invisible Fence Brand – Twin Cities for his contribution to Project Breathe. So far, Project Breathe pet oxygen kits have been donated to numerous fire stations in Minnesota — 34 kits in the past year alone.
But plenty of Minnesota fire stations have yet to request kits. This program relies and thrives on word of mouth communication, so contact your local fire department to see if they have a kit yet. If they don’t, send them a link to this request form, so they can get their paws on a free kit ASAP.
To date, Project Breathe has donated more than 26,469 masks to fire stations throughout the US and Canada. In addition to their use in house fires, masks have also been used in largescale natural disasters, such as when workers encounter animals while fighting forest fires.
“I’m really proud of Invisible Fence Brand for coming up with this program to donate these life-saving oxygen masks,” says Mike Williams, owner of Invisible Fence Company – Minnesota in Hopkins. “It’s a great way for us to give back to the communities our customers live in.”
This article was brought to you by the dog lovers at Invisible Fence Company Minnesota, committed to improving the way Twin Cities pet owners live with their four-legged family members.