Saturday, October 1, 2011

Dalmatians 4 Life Project

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This project was initiated by Mr Richard-Lee Wilson and Mr. Thomas Hopkins in memory of their Dalmatian "Koochie". The initial project funds to get pet oxygen mask kits to the Capell and Pope Valley Fire stations stations were raised by Mr Wilson through the sale of his hand crafted cards featuring "Koochie" (see below).

"Koochie" loved to pose for the camera & Firemen!
Who knows, maybe she was part of the fire service in her previous life!

The initial goal of the Dalmatians 4 Life Project is to get at least 1 pet oxygen mask kit per station. The project launched Tuesday October 25, 2011 with the sponsorship of 1 pet oxygen mask kit for the Capell Volunteer Station and 1 kit for the Pope Valley Volunteer Station. Seven more stations are looking for sponsorship to accomplish the initial goal.
The ultimate goal is to get 1 pet oxygen mask kit per truck. So lets get started!

Information about the County of Napa Fire Department
The County of Napa contracts with the California Department of Forestry (CAL FIRE) for fire protection services as the Napa County Fire Department. CAL FIRE provides administrative support and coordination with six full-time paid stations and nine volunteer fire companies.The CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Chief serves as the Napa County Fire Chief and is responsible for the direction and coordination of fire protection services by these organizations on a Countywide basis. The County contracts with the cities of St. Helena and Calistoga, and Schell-Vista Fire Protection District for the provision of fire protection services to specified unincorporated areas adjoining these agencies. The Napa County Fire Department provides fire and emergency service dispatching for the American Canyon Fire Protection District, City of St. Helena, Calistoga and Napa State Hospital Fire Departments. The Town of Yountville and the California Veterans Home contracts with the County to provide fire services to those jurisdictions.
Their Mission Statement:
Working together for your safety: Proudly serving our community with courtesy, integrity and compassion.


The Wag'N O2 Fur Life® Kit includes:
* 3 Oxygen Masks - 1 small, 1 medium & 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
* 1 Laminated Instruction Sheet which includes ABCs of CPR For Cats & Dogs
* 1 Kennel Lead for animal restraint & control
* 2 Animal Incident Report (AIR) Forms for First Responders - carbonless 3-part form
* 1 Pet Rescue Notice Form provided in electronic format - see link on your email order receipt
* 1 PowerPoint Presentation provided in electronic format - see link on your email order receipt
* 2 "Pet Oxygen Masks On Board" Decal for display on vehicle and/or station
* 1 "Wag'N Instructional DVD Pets Need Oxygen Too" per department
KIT COST: You get all of the above for $75 + shipping

How to Support Stations on the map
Method 1:
Please send a check payable to "Richard-Lee Wilson" to following address:
NAPA, CA 94558
On the comment line please note the station # and/or name you wish this kit to go to. If you have no preference please mark "no preference" in that comment line of your check (bottom right of check)
Once Mr Wilson receives a few checks he will send them over to Wag'N O2 Fur Life for kits to be shipped to address above. Kits will be distributed according to his availability.
Because UPS charges less on large shipping weights please consider kit cost $75 per unit and add $10 per kit shipping cost. Through this method multiple kits can be shipped at one time, therefore reducing shipping cost.

Method 2:
Sponsor the Station through the Wag'N O2 Fur Life Program Sponsor Page.
The kit(s) will be sent to the station directly and the Sponsor certificate will show whatever preferences you add (such as your organization name, your name or you may remain anonymous).
Next to the box entitled Department Name please enter full name. Example: "Napa County Fire Dept - Station 14 Capell Valley"
In the "ship to" section of the checkout page please enter the address as shown on the map here above. Addressee name should show as:
First Name: Shift
Last Name: Captain

*** UPDATE ***

Richard Lee Wilson and his Dalmatians 4 Life Program were awarded the Napa County Animal Award at this year's Fourth Annual "Real Heroes" of Napa County Breakfast held on Wednesday - September 26th, 2012

Red Cross plans ‘Real Heroes’ breakfast in Napa

"Animal Award
Richard-Lee Wilson: Wilson’s beloved Dalmatian, Koochie, loved to pose in front of fire trucks at local fire stations. When his pet died three years ago, Wilson was inspired to honor his dog’s memory by donating emergency pet oxygen masks to Napa County fire stations. Wilson continues to raise money for these specially adapted masks with longer snouts for pets."
Watch the Video Below to Learn More about Mr Wilson's Achievements

*** UPDATES *** 

November 7, 2011 - In The News

October 12, 2012

The Napa County fire stations that now have kits are: 
City of Napa Station #1, 
Pope Valley, 
Cappell Valley.

December 3, 2012 - In Memoriam

Our beloved canine companion "Pop Up" born October 10, 1997 passed away of cancer at the age of 15 on November 15, 2012. Her loss is heartfelt and our sorrow great. We will greatly miss her sweet smile and ever happy misdemeanor. 

December 2012 Update:

Each of the following stations received 1 pet oxygen mask kit:
City of Napa Fire Department Station #4 (251 Gasser Dr, Napa, CA)
Napa Station – CAL FIRE Facility (1820 Monticello Rd, Napa, CA)

July 2013 Update:

The Angwin Volunteer Fire Department in Angwin, CA received 1 pet oxygen mask kit.


  1. Capell Valley Fire Department is very HONORED to have received our very first Pet Oxygen Mask Kit from Richard. His hard work and dedication to our animal community is commendable. Please donate or sponsor a Napa County Fire Department. Every little bit counts. Help us see Richards hard work become a reality. Thank You! - Sandy Storck - Assistant Chief - Capell Valley Volunteer Fire Department

  2. Please send donations in money orders or check to Richard Wilson attention: Dalmatians4lifeproject, 1049 Arroyo Grande Dr. Napa, California 94558....thank you.....


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