An Arizona non-profit stepped in to help save your four-legged family members by donating a breathing apparatus to fit any pet’s muzzle in Mission.
The Fetch Foundation donated the ‘FIDO BAGs” to the Mission Firefighters Association Local 3609. The masks were donated after the foundation saw a segment on “Live PD” and social media where a trapped animal was saved from a fire and revived.
According to a release, the small duffel bags, which are valued at $125, contain an oxygen mask specifically made to fit animal’s faces. The bags also contain other animal-friendly first-aid supplies including burn sheets, saline, collapsible water dishes, bandages, and heavy-duty gloves most likely to be used in cat rescues.
“With these new ‘FIDO BAGs,’ we have the proper air mask for pets,” said Gilbert Sanchez, Fire Chief for the Mission Fire Department. “What we currently use is for oxygen masks for non-rebreathers that we utilize for our patients, but they’re not designed for a pet. What we have through the donation is a proper oxygen mask for pets.”
According to The Fetch Foundation website, an estimated half a million pets are affected by fires each year in the United States and over 40,000 pets die from smoke inhalation.
Sanchez said they’ll begin using the bags in about two weeks after training within the department.