Greene County Emergency Services Get Pet Oxygen Masks
Pets to Breathe Easier in Greene County, VA
June 28, 2018 (Stanardsville, VA) – The Greene County Office of Emergency Services is teaming up with Invisible Fence Brand by Coyner Associates, located in Charlottesville, VA, to help reduce the number of pets killed or injured in house fires each year. It is estimated that between 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires.
Invisible Fence Brand by Coyner Associates, has donated nine pet oxygen mask kits to the Greene County Office of Emergency Services. The donated pet oxygen mask kits will be provided to the Stanardsville, Ruckersville and Dyke Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as the Greene County Rescue Squad and Greene County EMS. The pet oxygen mask kits will help resuscitate a dog, or cat, when found in a burning home, and are made possible through Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe Program. The Project Breathe Program has donated over 7,000 kits to fire departments throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In the case of a residential fire, once firefighters have assured human life is safe, attention often turns to pets in the home. When given the opportunity, rescue personnel want to help pets caught in these situations, but often have not had the proper equipment to do so. In the past firefighters have tried adapting human oxygen masks to fit an animal, but human masks do not fit properly on the nose of dogs and cats, thus not providing the necessary supply of oxygen. The mission of Project Breathe is to provide local fire departments the specialized equipment needed to do so.
The plastic, cup-shaped animal resuscitation masks, which come in three sizes, were originally developed for use by veterinarians. They seal around the muzzle of an animal tighter than a human mask. This helps firefighters deliver the right amount of oxygen to the pet to help save their life.
Project Breathe Program: http://www.invisiblefence.com/giving-back/project-breathe
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