Not only dogs, but also cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and even birds are getting the kiss of life.
Fire departments near you could be giving pets the kiss of life soon — well maybe not a kiss…
But they could be equipped to resuscitate your pets.
Fred Nell, Mr. Scoop dog-waste cleanup service, of Lancaster County is on a mission to raise funds for the purchase of animal-resuscitation masks for area fire departments. His first set of masks was donated to the York city fire department.
The plastic cone-shaped masks work in the same manner as regular human designated masks. They come in three sizes that are designed for a snug fit over snouts and supply oxygen to respiratory distressed animals.
There are two benefits to having your fire department equipped with the animal specific masks. Firstly, they are more effective than trying to use human masks and may be the difference between life and death for a pet suffering smoke inhilation. Secondly, they could make the difference between you and your pet having to share a mask!
Costing $60 a set, the masks are manufactured by Waukesha, Wis.-based SurgiVet and if ordered through HELP Animals Inc.in Orange City, Fla., you are helping raise funds for animal-rescue groups and shelters (which is how Mr Nell buys the masks).
Although Nell plans to donate more than 250 mask sets to fire departments in Lancaster and surrounding counties, if you want to make sure your pets have every possible chance of survival in a fire – you might like to assist your local department by sponsoring them a set.
If this sounds like a project you can sponsor, or you want to help raise awearness of the existance of these pet life savers, then take the time right now to investigate further.