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Saving the Life of Your Pet

by Ruth Ward

According to JAVMA, Journal of American Veterinary Medicine Association, about 40,000 pets die in residential fires each year, most from smoke inhalation, and 500,000 pets are affected overall.

A high percentage of those deaths are from asphyxiation. The pet smoke masks are critical to saving lives and not many Fire Stations have the necessary equipment.

Alachua’s Allstate agent, Hugh Cain, is the proud owner of Lizzy, a 6 year old Chocolate Labrador, Lilly, a 3 year old beagle, and Tebow, a 12 year old chihuahua. While attending the annual Mutts and Pups event in High Springs, Cain learned about the life saving pet masks.

Cain took all three of his dogs to visit the Alachua Fire Department where they received a warm welcome when he recently donated, smoke pet masks, to the Alachua Fire Department. The thought of beloved pets dying unnecessarily was overwhelming, so Cain bought the face kits that come in several sizes
to fit over a dog or cats face that deliver, lifesaving oxygen.

Firefighters will tell you that most pets don’t run out of a burning house. They go and hide. Firefighters find animals that suffered from smoke inhalation and
the pet masks can mean the difference between life and death.

Local pet owners can take comfort in knowing that Hugh Cain, from Allstate in Alachua, has taken this step to help protect our pets. Check with your Fire
Station to see if they are in need of this equipment and find out if you can help.