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Albuquerque Fire Department gets pet oxygen masks

Updated: 06/10/2014 5:32 PM | Created: 06/10/2014 2:58 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

The Albuquerque Fire Department received a donation of 22 pet oxygen masks on Tuesday.

The masks are meant to help resuscitate a dog or cat when found in a burning home.

According to AFD, between 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires across the nation.  

In the case of a fire, once firefighters have assured that human lives are safe, they can turn their attention to the pets inside the home. When pet masks are not available, firefighters tend to use human masks which don't fit properly on the nose and mouth area of dogs and cats.

The new plastic, cup-shaped pet masks come in three sizes and seal around the muzzle of an animal tighter than a human mask. This helps firefighters deliver the right amount of oxygen to the pet and also protects firefighters from an injured animal that may try to bite out of fear.

The kits were donated through Invisible Fence Brand's Project Breathe initiative which to date has donated nearly 3,000 kits to fire departments across the U.S. and Canada.  

A firefighter uploaded a now-viral video of himself saving a kitten using a pet oxygen mask.
Photo: YouTube
AFD receives the pet oxygen masks.

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