Boothwyn, Reliance, and Ogden Fire Companies Receive Donation to Save Pets From Fire

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Firefighters in Delaware County, Pennsylvania will become some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet's life. That's because Invisible Fence by StayDog is donating pet oxygen masks to Boothwyn, Reliance and Ogden fire departments.

"I don’t know what I’d do without them. Things can be replaced. Lives can’t, whether they’re animals or people."

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Now, firefighters of Boothwyn, Reliance, and Ogden will become some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life. That’s because Invisible Fence by StayDog has donated a total of nine pet oxygen masks to the city’s fire department.

This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe™, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires. The masks often save pets’ lives.

Invisible Fence® Brand has donated a total of more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 75+ pets have been saved by the donated masks so far, including two pets saved on April 1 in Willoughby, Ohio.

“When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down,” said Kelly Cancelmo, Invisible Fence by StayDog. “Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes.”

“We realize that humans are the first-priority, but in many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment,” said Kelly Cancelmo. “Project Breathe is simply a way of giving firefighters the tools necessary to save pets’ lives.”

Upper Chichester is now joining the ranks of cities like Chicago, Cleveland and Memphis, who have all received donated pet oxygen masks from Project Breathe™.

"Thank God they had the masks. They (the dogs) are just like family. I don’t know what I’d do without them. Things can be replaced. Lives can’t, whether they’re animals or people." Said a pet owner whose dogs were recently rescued using donated masks.

Although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry web sites and sources have cited an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. In most states, emergency responders are unequipped to deal with the crisis. The loss is terrible for the family, heart wrenching for firefighters.

“The members of the Ogden Fire Co. are very appreciative of the generosity of Invisible Fence by StayDog for donating the pet O2 masks,” said Chad Small, Deputy Chief of the Ogden Fire Co. “We are hopeful the circumstances won’t arise; however, we now feel prepared to help our furry community members in the event that an O2 mask would be necessary.”

The company has set up a website, http://www.invisiblefence.com/O2, where people or companies can support the effort.

Invisible Fence® Brand pet containment and avoidance systems are produced by Radio Systems Corporation and have a 99.5% success rating, according to Invisible Fence® Brand. For more information, visit http://www.invisiblefence.com.

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