When humans suffer smoke inhalation, they receive help with the aid of oxygen masks. Our furry family members aren’t so lucky. It’s not because emergency responders don’t care about our pets. They do. But, many of them lack the equipment to provide this simple life-saving technology to animals. According to data collected by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, roughly 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires. Most of these deaths are due to smoke inhalation.
Invisible Fence®, a provider of (you guessed it) invisible fences, has launched Project Breathe to revolutionize the care that emergency responders give to pets. To date, the project has donated over 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire and rescue teams across the U.S. and Canada. The goal is to outfit every single emergency response team in North America with these life-saving items.
Recently, Invisible Fence helped the Indianapolis Fire Department obtain 35 pet oxygen masks. The masks are designed to fit over all domestic animals, regardless of their size.
Watch the local news story about Project Breathe:
To find out how you can help, visit Project Breathe’s website.