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New masks give pets a fighting chance against fires

San Diego, CA — San Diego animals now have a better chance of surviving fires thanks to the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation.  An anonymous donation specifically earmarked to buy oxygen masks for pets allowed SDFRF to purchase 10 new sets of animal oxygen masks.  Each set contains a small, medium, and large oxygen mask, six foot tubing for each mask, a leash, a bright orange carry bag, and a sticker that shows which rig is carrying this lifesaving equipment.  “The nice thing is they can be sterilized and reused,” said Wendy Robinson, executive director of SDFRF.

While the donation was only for city of San Diego firefighters, it affects the whole region because San Diego firefighters assist regionally with wild fires and other major fires. 

Thousands of pets are killed yearly in house fires.  Most die due to asphyxiation.  These smaller oxygen masks are specifically designed to fit over the muzzle of a cat or dog, and that makes treatment more effective.

"Our firefighters put their lives on the line everyday to keep San Diego’s citizens, property, and yes, even animals, safe from fire and other emergencies.  Equipping our emergency first responders with enhanced service tools helps them better respond to the hundreds of emergency calls that occur daily in the San Diego area," said Robinson.

These new pet oxygen masks will enable San Diego firefighters to better respond to pet emergencies

These new pet oxygen masks will enable San Diego firefighters to better respond to pet emergencies

Photo Credits:  Courtesy of San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation

A San Diego firefighter demonstrates how the new pet oxygen masks work.

 

In this day and age, our pets are becoming more and more an integral part of our family.  It’s nice to know the San Diego Fire Department understands this and is taking steps to safeguard our pets.

By Vania Maldonado  -  Animal Rescue Examiner  – Vania Maldonado is a happily married cat rescuer. Over the past ten years, she’s lived in several different places and has helped stray and feral…

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June 22, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

California Search Dogs Give Hope to Haitians

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) has been receiving encouraging cell-phone updates from it’s search teams deployed in the earthquake-stricken country of Haiti.

California Search Dogs Giving Hope to Haitians

In the aftermath of the powerful 7.0 earthquake, the SDF sent six Canine Search Teams to Haiti to assist with search and rescue efforts. The dogs the foundation employs are sourced from rescue organizations and are tasked with finding people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. SDF recruits the dogs and partners them with firefighters, providing the canines and the training at no cost to their departments.

On Sunday, the team celebrated saving five people from the ruins of Port au Prince. After one rescue, in which a woman was rescued from the rubble of a hotel, the appreciation shown by locals for the Search Teams and their Task Force was overwhelming, and locals began chanting “USA, USA…”. Later in the day, 3 women were saved from the same collapsed building, with Search Dogs Cadillac, Maverick and Hunter playing instrumental roles in locating them. The two teams – the Blue and Red team – work in alternating shifts, ensuring that there is always a team available.

SDF Executive Director Debra Tosch comments: “The rescues in Haiti underscore the critical importance of Canine Search Teams in finding survivors in the aftermath of major disasters. This is our mission, and we’re honored to be part of the Haiti rescue effort in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the L.A. Country Task Force.”

SDF receives no government funding and relies solely on support from individuals, private foundations and companies to produce these highly-skilled teams. Since its founding in 1996, SDF has rescued hundreds of dogs, many on the brink of euthanasia. They have trained 105 Search Teams, 72 of which are currently active, and teams have been deployed to 66 disasters, including the World Trade Center attacks and Hurricane Katrina.

Picture Courtesy of National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

by Daphne Reid – Pet People’s Place

Related:

ASPCA:  Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH)

January 21, 2010 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Just One More Pet | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment