Area firefighters will be equipped to save a pet’s life in the event of smoke inhalation during a house fire. That’s because Invisible Fence Brand is donating pet oxygen masks to Arlington, Courtney, East Bend, West Yadkin Valley fire departments.
This donation is a part of Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires. The masks often save pets’ lives.
This summer, Invisible Fence Brand will donate more than 525 masks to more than 175 fire stations in the Carolinas.
Invisible Fence Brand has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 50-plus pets have been saved by the donated masks so far.
“Our commitment to pet safety extends beyond electronic pet containment by funding deserving projects that help keep pets safe at home. By donating the pet oxygen masks, we hope to help save more pets and prevent pet owners from losing a beloved four-legged family member while dealing with the devastation from the fire,” said Kevin Koudelka of Invisible Fence of the Triad.
Although not an official U.S. Fire Administration statistic, it is estimated that 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires; most succumbing to smoke inhalation, and more than 500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year. In most states, emergency responders are not equipped to deal with the crisis. The donation of these specially designed and potentially lifesaving pet oxygen masks will enable first responders to efficiently administer oxygen to a stricken animal.
For more information about the pet oxygen mask donation program, visit www.invisiblefence.com/O2 or contact Lisa Swayne Proud, Donation Coordinator, at 404-229-2292 or email@example.com.