ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Furry family members caught in house fires may now have a second chance at life thanks to a special donation given Monday to the Rochester Fire Department.
Pam Miller of BACB Unleashed presented Fire Station #4 with 15 pet oxygen mask kits. The kits come with three different sizes of masks for cats and dogs that are designed to provide a steady flow of oxygen to the animals. Each kit costs about $75, but it took just a month for Miller to raise the money.
Capt. Dave Fitzgerald said the specialized design will drastically improve the way firefighters can care for animals in emergency situations.
“A normal human mask is deigned to go over the face, seal the mouth and the nose. With an animal with a snout, obviously it’s a lot of different anatomy. So with this rubber seal, we’re actually able to get a better seal on the snout and deliver 100% oxygen to the animal,” said Fitzgerald.
After presenting the kits to the firefighters on Monday, Miller said her next step is to work on donating the kits to smaller fire departments outside of Rochester.