When house fires come to mind, it’s easy to forget that your pet’s safety matters as well. To help promote pet safety, the Finger Lakes Kennel Club in Central New York, donated pet oxygen masks to their local fire department. In the event of a fire, residents in Dryden can be assured that their pets will be in good hands thanks to the generous donation made by the kennel club. The masks are intended for animals ranging in size from parakeets to large dogs.
The Finger Lakes Kennel Club raised funds for the pet oxygen masks at their Spring Match show in March and presented them to the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response on July 12. The club says it strives to "protect and advance the interest of dogs." Wag ’N Enterprises, LLC who produces the oxygen mask kits, states: “far too many pets die each year of smoke asphyxiation…. while firemen attempt to get pets safely out of burning structures, they are not able to revive them unless they have the proper equipment — pet oxygen masks.” The animal masks are multifaceted and can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to the toxic fumes.
The club plans to hold more fundraisers to purchase additional kits for the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response.