Your local fire department needs specially sized oxygen masks for animals to save the lives of animals. How you can help!

Posted to our Facebook page by Judy is one of our favorite customers and a frequent Facebook contributor:

The sister of a friend of mine, Mara DiGrazia, is a veterinarian on Long Island. To date, she has donated hundreds of animal-sized oxygen masks to numerous fire departments throughout Long Island so they can dispense oxygen properly to animals who are rescued from fires. Without those masks, sadly many beloved animals die even though firefighters heroically rescue them from the flames of the fire because they couldn’t receive life-saving oxygen properly. This is something that makes perfect sense yet I never thought about until I heard Mara was doing it.

Cat Faeries says: I never thought about this until Judy made the posting to our Facebook page. So I called around and learned the sad truth that fire departments or paramedics do not have oxygen masks for animals. Even here in San Francisco only one fire station has the equipment! After doing some digging I found the perfect organization so that you can help your local fire department.

For $70 you can purchase one oxygen mask from Wag’N Enterprises which comes with all the components, as well as a laminated instructional how-to, a DVD on CPR, and a Power Point presentation. No special training or certification is required! Order from http://www.wagnpetsafety.com/pet_oxygen_masks.html then take your donation directly to your local fire house.

Most fire stations will think this is cool beans because there are no funds for such purchases. BUT you might get some resistance from some fire fighters. Show up with coffee and cupcakes, pour on the charm. They’ll be all ears and ready to accept your gift, and learn to how to help animals!

Your local fire department may apply for a fellowship and when enough funds have been collected the donation can be made. Ask for details!

If you want to donate, but be anonymous ask Wag’N how!

http://www.wagnpetsafety.com/pet_oxygen_masks.html

Or call them: 888-924-6482 / 571-572-9246

This is a compilation of photos of fire fighters rescuing and giving oxygen to cats, victims of house fires. In the background is a wonderful music by Adam Lambert. The tenderness of the fire fighters will tear your heart out. This video might not be suitable for really sensitive people or children as some of the cats are in very bad shape. You’ll need more than one hankie for this one.

We’ve attached a USA Today article which talks about the need for animal sized oxygen masks. One quote which caused us to arch our backs and hiss was:

Support for the masks is not universal. De Pablo says critics have called them a waste of money, and have said firefighters should not be saving animals. Although most fire stations were thankful to receive the donated masks, a few refused to accept them because they didn’t want the extra equipment or responsibility, Kowalski says.

But this quote gave us made us feel much better:

“A life is a life,” says Ludwig, a deputy fire chief in Memphis, Tenn. “We prioritize a human life, but if we can help a distressed animal, we’re going to do that.”

Read the article:
http://yourlife.usatoday.com/parenting-family/pets/story/2012-02-13/Pet-oxygen-masks-can-save-animals-lives-in-fires/53070276/1

In the next few weeks with the help of a special friend of Cat Faeries, Jacqueline, we will be taking oxygen mask sets to 4 of our local fire stations. Cat Faeries donates 1% of sales to help cats and we are so pleased to use some of that money to buy equipment to help fire victim animals in our community. Please keep shopping with us so we can help more!

Moving anytime soon? Tips for traveling with cats!

  • As you start to pack boxes spray Feliway on them which will make them less scary to your cats. We think one squirt per box, once a day is all you need.
  • On the big day give each cat some of our Homeopet “Digestive Upsets” and keep giving it to them until you reach your destination.
  • Before putting the cats in their carriers spray the padding with Feliway. One or two squirts are enough. Let the pad sit in the air for 10 or 15 minutes before you place it and the cat in the carrier.
  • Our water proof pads (see Furniture Protection) are great because they are washable. Cats often “hold it” while traveling by car, but other cats panic a bit and pee or poop.
  • If you are able to spray one or two squirts of Feliway on the car seats where the carriers are.
  • If you can thread the seat belt though the handle of the carrier so that in the event of a fast stop the carriers won’t go flying.
  • Are hard plastic carriers better than soft ones? Debatable. We have the hard plastic ones as we feel they protect the cat better and if the cat pees or poops it’s easier to clean.
  • If you are traveling by car and there is more than one of you, someone must stay in the car when you make food or gas stops. We have heard of cars – with cats inside – being stolen at rest stops!
  • Keep the Do Not Disturb sign on the door of the hotel AT ALL TIMES. If one of you needs to hunt for food someone needs to stay in the room. Housekeeping could ignore the sign and enter and a cat could escape.
  • Lodging is tough but not impossible. Take a bottle of Anti Icky Poo with you for any accidents. You don’t want to leave a mess like that behind because hotel management might tighten up their allowing of animals.
  • As for where to stay we asked our Facebook friends for suggestions of animal-friendly hotels or resources and this is what they said (you should always call the local number of a hotel location first to make sure with any chain, each location has a different actual owner/operator):
    • Amanda likes www.petswelcome.com
    • Alyssa has stayed at Red Roof Inn, but cautions they might be in an iffy part of a town.
    • Becky who has traveled with both cats and dogs uses www.bringfido.com
    • Shawn once stayed at a Holiday Inn Express with 7 kitties!
    • Debi agreed about the Holiday Inn, and added Comfort Inn, but call first to make sure.
    • Sleigh says the La Quinta chain is very animal friendly (we’d heard that too)
    • Kristy suggests Candlewood Suites
    • Susan tells us that Days Inn did allow animals at one time – call and ask
  • Spray Feliway around the hotel room or install a diffuser. This will help keep the cats calm. Our flower essence formula Calm and Serene will help too.
  • When you reach your new home “prep” the house with Feliway before you let the cats out to explore (or hide) Before you let them out of their carriers at the new house zip through it and spray Feliway “here and there” especially in the room you think most of them will want to hide in. Install diffusers around the house as well.
  • Your best bet is to give the cats one room with a closet and things to hide under (like a bed). Some cats are more curious than others. When we bought our house Betty spent 4 days exploring and marking with her cheeks, then she collapsed and slept for 2 days! The others hid in a closet and slowly came out to explore.
  • To make sure the house is as unthreatening as possible Check the doors on the outside for any cat urine marks from neighborhood cats which may have come by and marked. Look at cat-butt-height for water marks and clean with Anti Icky Poo.
  • Congratulations on the move! I hope it’s a beautiful house with wonderful neighbors. Start looking for a good vet clinic now. Yelp is a good place to start, and call the local pet shops. You might also start looking for a great cat sitter.

An amazing story about a lost cat

Last week a customer placed an order and made this note in the Comments area. We love stories like this!

Wonderful news! After being lost for over 18 months my Tigger has been found! He travelled 40 miles south to find me and was found less than 5 miles from my new home. He had only lived there for about a month before I put him with my friend at her farm to see if he wanted to be an outdoor kitty. Where I live it’s too busy to try letting him outside, so I wanted to see if he really wanted this. He lived in her barn for a week or so, then he disappeared. His microchip was scanned last week and I got the call–he’d come south to Maryland. Amazing! He’s tired but he’s my boy. The CD and Toy are his presents for coming home to his Mommy.

Kristy and Tigger – together forever!