Local fire departments using special masks to save pets

More and more local firefighters are gearing up to save man’s best friends and the local chapter of a nationwide organization is stepping up to get them life-saving equipment to use on pets.

It’s part of a nationwide effort known as “Project Breathe.” The operation was first created in 2006 by the Invisible Fence Brand. The goal is to donate pet oxygen masks to emergency departments.

According to the organization, more than 40,000 pets die in house fires every year, and it’s the smoke that kills them. Nationwide, the effort has donated over 200,000 masks.

In our region, the Upstate New York chapter has been operating since 2011.

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