Pet oxygen masks are crucial to save animals
from home fires, and a set was recently donated to the Teaneck, New Jersey Fire Department on behalf of Companion Animal Advocates (CAA), a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the welfare of pets, NorthJersey.com reports.
The masks were donated by Pam and Tom McDermott in memory of their dog Mac who recently passed away, the news source reports. Now, firefighters will be better able to deliver oxygen to pets that have been saved from house fires. Many times, oxygen from a mask can be the different between life and death for an animal. Human masks do not fit the muzzles of animals well, making it hard to effectively deliver oxygen to them. According to CAA, more than 40,000 pets died in home fires last year.
Pet oxygen masks were also recently donated to the Zoar Volunteer Fire Department in Ohio, according to The Times-Reporter. The masks were given by Invisible Fence of Canton as a part of its Project Breathe campaign that seeks to equip all fire stations in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks.