Herndon, VA (PRWEB) October 01, 2012 - A Virginia-based organization is making it easier for first responders to keep pets safe during October.
There are 25,947 fire departments and fire protection districts spread out in over 400,000 stations and 78,258 credentialed EMS vehicles in the United States alone. Since its inception in 2008, the O2 Fur Life Program has provided pet oxygen masks kits to more than 1,732 fire and EMS departments in the United States. With the help of its partners, the organization estimates that no more than 3,400 fire departments (or 13.1%) and 600 EMS vehicles (or less than 1%) have in so far acquired at least 1 pet oxygen mask kit.
“McCulloch Medical generously offered to cover all shipping costs for direct first responder and sponsor pet oxygen mask kit orders placed between Oct. 1 and midnight, Oct. 31,” said Ines de Pablo, president of Wag’N O2 Fur Life. “This is a great way to save pets and money and raise awareness about this issue during National Fire Safety Awareness Month.”
Pets, like humans, often times need oxygen after an emergency such as a fire. Pet oxygen mask kits include three different size masks that allow oxygen to be administered to animals of any size – from hamster to foal.
“Too many animals get injured and die every year due to preventable fire related emergencies,” de Pablo said. “Incident mitigation, combined with pet oxygen mask kits, can help save countless pet lives.”
Wag’N O2 Fur Life’s mission is to provide pet oxygen masks to first responders across North America to help them save animal lives following structural fires. Thanks to the generous contribution from the pet oxygen mask manufacturer, McCulloch Medical, the organization will be able to offer free shipping in observance of National Fire Safety Awareness Month. The organization is seeking community support to get pet oxygen mask kits in the hands of rescuers this fall season “because the pet's life they save may be your own,” de Pablo said.
Each Wag’N O2 Fur Life kit cost $75 and includes:
3 oxygen masks - 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large
3 oxygen air tubes -1 for each mask, 22 mm diameter
1 Wag'N O2 Fur Life Carry Bag for easy storage, mobility and small animal restraint
1 Laminated instruction sheet which includes the ABCs of CPR for cats and dogs
1 Kennel lead for animal restraint and control
2 Animal incident report (AIR) forms for first responders
1 Pet rescue notice form provided in electronic format
1 PowerPoint presentation provided in electronic format
2 "Pet Oxygen Masks On Board" decals (to display on vehicle or at station)
1 Wag'N Instructional DVD (“Pets Need Oxygen Too")
Fire and EMS departments in the United States and Canada that are not budgeted for and/or cannot find sponsors to obtain this pet life saving equipment can apply to the Wag'N O2 Fur Life Fellowship Program. For more information on how to apply, please visit http://www.petoxygenmasks.org/wagn_o2_fellowship_program.html.
About Wag’N O2 Fur Life Inc.
We are a charitable educational and public safety organization dedicated to providing pet oxygen masks to first responders across North America to help them save animal lives following structural fires.
Formerly recognized as a Wag’N Enterprises LLC’s program, Wag’N O2 Fur Life Inc. filed its incorporation documents over the summer of 2012 to become an independent non-profit organization. It is actively seeking tax-exemption status to reflect the nature of its not-for-profit work.