Animal Answers- Pet Oxygen Masks
The Invisible Fence Brand has been committed to saving the lives of pets since 1973. Within the last 5 years invisible fence has saved an estimated 10,000 pets from fires using pet oxygen masks. In this week’s animal answers. We’ll show you how they’re saving lives right here in the Northland.
Project Breathe is a pet oxygen mask donation program designed to provide oxygen mask kits to fire departments and other first responders. Invisible fence started project breathe as a result of an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 cats and dogs dying due to smoke inhalation from fires. Here in the Northland, Invisible Fence owner, Calvin Olson, has donated 13 mask set ups to the Duluth fire department and surrounding areas.
Calvin Olson said, “It came out of my own pocket but if they have 1 mask for the whole fire department, that’s not going to be a very effective of saving dogs and cats.”
Each kit includes a small, medium, and large mask, for all different sized cats and dogs. The masks wouldn’t work for any other small pet.
“The smallest mask is about this big around at the end and it wouldn’t save smaller animals,” said Olson.
The goal of project breathe is to ensure that every fire department and rescue unit is equipped with life–saving pet oxygen masks. So far, Invisible Fence has donated more than 10,000 masks to fire stations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
You can contact Invisible Fence of the Northland to learn more about getting involved in dog oxygen–mask donation in Duluth, or to make a special financial donation.