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33,000 Pet Oxygen Masks Donated and Counting: Seminole County Fire Department is Newest Recipient

By DOREEN OVERSTREET, Correspondent | October 13, 2021 | FLORIDA

Story No. 101321110

Seminole County, Fla. – October 11, 2021 – In honor of “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month” in October, Invisible Fence of Central Florida is donating 20 life-saving pet oxygen masks on October 11, 2021 to the Seminole County Fire Department (SCFD) to help reduce the number of pet fatalities. The donation is being made on behalf of Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe™ Program. Each year, it’s estimated more than 40,000 pets die in fires, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. Programs like Project Breathe are addressing this issue.

All 20 stations at the Seminole County Fire Department will receive a pet oxygen mask. SCFD has been using pet oxygen masks since 2004.

“Thank you to Invisible Fence for its generous pet oxygen mask donation to our Seminole County Fire Department,” said Fire Chief Otto Drozd III. “Since 2004, the Seminole County Fire Department has been utilizing these specialty masks on our first response units. We know that pets are important family members and we want to ensure that they survive fires.”

“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.”

Invisible Fence encourages people to contact your local fire department to find out if they have these pet-saving kits. Fire departments can request pet oxygen mask kit donations on its webpage. For additional information or questions, call 800-578-3647 or visit InvisibleFence.com.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.