Last month, a fire broke out in a home off E. 28th Avenue in Tampa. Firefighters were able to control the fire enough that they were able to eventually enter the home, but upon entering they found the family’s cat unresponsive, having been trapped inside as the firefighters worked to put out the fire.
Fortunately, the firefighters were newly equipped with specialized pet oxygen masks, and they were able to successfully treat the cat. Thanks to a recent donation to Tampa’s District 1 fire department, a local family was able to come out of this devastating fire with all family members alive and well.
These masks are largely being donated, thanks to the charitable efforts of both the companies that produce these masks and local townspeople who have raised money.
Pet oxygen masks may not be a brand new development, but it’s only recently that fire departments across the country have been able to stock up on their supplies of these life-saving devices. And amazingly, they’re not even paying for them.