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Citrus Fire Rescue receives Pet Oxygen Masks

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on February 14, 2020

Invisible Fence of Florida grants the newest donation of 33 life-saving pet oxygen masks to Citrus County Fire Rescue – one of many donations by this local authorized dealership.

Each year, it’s estimated more than 40,000 pets die in fires, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. The reality in most cases is that first responders lack the equipment to resuscitate and save these animals.

Programs like Project Breathe™ help first responders have the proper equipment to resuscitate many of these beloved pets.

Invisible Fence Project Breathe Program

Invisible Fence is known for its pet containment system keeping pets happy and safe in their yards, and safe from other hazards like house fires. Today there are more than three million safer, happier pets and countless lives improved, including hundreds of pet lives saved through the Project Breathe™ Program, the company’s pet oxygen mask donation effort. Since the Project Breathe™ program’s inception in 2006, over 25,000 masks have been donated to first responders and now the company is giving more.

 “The Project Breathe™ Program goal is simple,” said Ed Hoyt, Director of Invisible Fence. “We want to ensure that every fire department and rescue unit across the U.S. and Canada are equipped with life-saving pet oxygen masks.”

Battalion Chief Bob Bessler; FF Edward Paniccia; Animal Services Operation Supervisor Crystal Wallace and Sasha the canine model at Citrus County Fire Rescue station 23. Image courtesy of Citrus County Fire Rescue.

Citrus Fire Rescue receives Pet Oxygen Masks from Invisible Fence Project Breathe Program

The devices will be used for rescues like the recent one in Citrus Springs, Florida, where Citrus County Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a structure fire.

Crews confirmed there were no occupants present; however, there were 10 cats in the home. Crews were able to save 8 of the 10 cats; 5 of which required resuscitation by personnel using pet oxygen masks. Red Cross arrived to assist the family.

All Citrus County Fire Rescue Front Line Apparatus will now be equipped with Pet Oxygen Masks

Thanks to the generous donation by Invisible Fence, all of Citrus County’s Fire Rescue front line apparatus will be equipped with a set of 3 masks (small, medium, large sizes) in the event that a family’s pet, or pets, require resuscitation.

Dog Model available for Adoption

A huge thank you to Citrus County Animal Services, Colleen Yarbrough, and Crystal Wallace for assisting by offering Sasha’s modeling services to demonstrate how the mask works. Sasha is available for adoption and just as sweet as can be. Please contact Citrus County Animal Services for further information on giving Sasha a furever home!


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