Since the establishment of the McKenzie Cascade Dog Fanciers Club (MCDF) in 1983, club members have supported community projects throughout Lane County, Oregon as a way of advocating for responsible pet ownership.
Most recently, members presented 35 sets of companion animal oxygen masks to paid and volunteer fire departments in the local region, covering both the cities and rural areas.
Club member and City Councilor for Springfield, Oregon Marilee Woodrow said, "We were thrilled to have the opportunity to broaden our service by providing much needed O2 Mask Sets to the first responders in our area in order to provide help and equipment when and where it may be needed most. The masks enable them to give immediate aid to animal victims of fires, and also allow them extra time to get the animal to the veterinarian to be evaluated for further care."
The club expanded the oxygen mask presentation into a media event with the local fire dog, Casey, to help get the word out about the importance of these masks. Check out photos from the event:
Over the years, the club has been quite active in the community in a variety of areas, including nursing home visits, R.E.A.D. visits for children and dogs at the local library, health clinics, microchip clinics, donations to animal relief funds, disaster response, spay/neuter clinics, veterinary student scholarships and more.
From 2007 to August 2013, MCDF contributed $13,000 in support of the Springfield Police Department K-9 Units. The funds helped purchase training equipment and temperature sensitive door poppers, among other things.
The club has also donated $14,755 to local area animal services to support rescue and adoption services, low-cost spay/neuter programs and Feline Trap-Neuter-Release, pro bono pet care for the homeless, and Lane County Animal Services. The Oregon State University Veterinary Student Scholarship program has also received $30,000 from the club over the past years.
Great job, MCDF!