LOCAL RESIDENTS DONATE PET OXYGEN MASKS TO EDGEWATER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT Pet Oxygen Masks Give Furry Friends a Chance at Survival
Deb Guston and Pat Nixon, residents of Edgewater, recently donated a set of pet oxygen masks to the Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department in honor of their dog, Duffy and on behalf of Companion Animal Advocates (CAA). A set that was donated in June will be located on Engine #1 at the North end of the town and this recently donated set of masks are at Fire Headquarters on Engine #2
The masks come in three sizes for large, medium and small dogs/cats. These specially sized masks will enable firefighters or EMT’s to deliver oxygen to pets in need and in some cases save their lives.
“People care as deeply about their pets as they do human members of their family,” said Christine Devereaux, Vice President of Companion Animal Advocates. “Now pets in these communities have a much better chance of surviving smoke inhalation since they have received these masks. These masks work well because they are small, and are designed to fit over snouts. Even birds and hamsters can be placed inside the masks.”
If you are interested in donating a set of oxygen masks to your community, please contact Christine at CAA at 201-706-7666. The $100 tax-deductible donation includes: 3 oxygen masks (1 small, 1 medium & 1 large), 3 oxygen air tubes (1 for each mask, 22 mm diameter), 1 O2 Fur Life carry bag (for storage & mobility), 1 laminated instruction sheet (includes ABCs of CPR For Cats & Dogs), 1 kennel lead (for animal restraint & control), 2 “Pet Oxygen Masks On Board” decals (for display on vehicle and in department), 1 PowerPoint presentation (for personnel training), 1 instructional DVD “Pets Need Oxygen Too” (1 per order), 2 animal incident report (AIR) forms for first responders (carbonless 3-part) and a pet rescue notice form (printable document, PDF).
One of the goals of Companion Animal Advocates’ humane education program is to make sure that every town in Bergen County is equipped with a kit so that pets are protected in case of an emergency. So far this year, CAA has donated more than 56 sets of pet oxygen masks throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties.
Companion Animal Advocates (CAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Bergen County, NJ. CAA is dedicated to the welfare of companion animals within our community through programs designed to keep pets in their homes and reduce pet overpopulation. For further information, please contact Christine at Christine@CompanionAnimalAdvocates.org, visit www.CompanionAnimalAdvocates.org and sign up for our newsletter or contact us at 201-706-7666.