Because of what happened with Carol’s cats, I went online to look for information on what to do to save pets in case of a house fire.
The one thing I discovered, that I am going to check on for our fire department here in Plain City, is pet resuscitation masks. I am not certain if they are currently available for use by our local emergency staff.
I found a very interesting site, started by a 10-year-old girl, which raises money to purchase pet rescue and resuscitation oxygen mask kits. The kits are then donated to firefighters and other emergency personnel. The site, PetMask.com, allows you to purchase mask kits for your fire station by becoming a sponsor donor.
As the site explains, human oxygen masks do not fit properly on animals. Pet oxygen mask kits include masks in three sizes (small, medium, and large) and can be used for dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds.
While these masks could not have been used to save Carol’s cats, because the firefighters were unable to get any of the cats out of the burning house, I still plan to purchase and donate a kit to the Pleasant Valley Fire Department in honor of the Gaul kitties. Perhaps, in this way, their deaths in a fire will help to save another pet from the same fate.
I would encourage you to check to see if your local fire department has pet resuscitation masks and if they do not, please sponsor a kit. If you do sponsor one, think about doing so in honor of Carol’s eleven lost babies.