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.
Image from Wag’N Enterprises website
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!
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.”
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!