Last updated: June 01. 2013 12:20PM - 293 Views
Darcie Dyer
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Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department will soon be better equipped to save a pet’s life in the event of smoke inhalation during a house fire.

Invisible Fence Brand is donating pet oxygen masks to the fire station as part of the 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.

“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 Bill Swayne of Invisible Fence of the Triad.

Invisible Fence® Brand has donated more than 1,245 masks to more than 415 fire stations in the Carolinas. They started donating pet oxygen masks in the Carolinas in 2008. Nationally, 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 70+ pets have been saved by the donated masks so far.

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 over 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 lisa.swayneproud@invisiblefencesouth.com.

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