MISSION, Texas – The Mission Fire Department adding a new tool to save pets during an emergency.
The department received five duffle bags containing oxygen masks made to fit animals faces, along with first-aid supplies and heavy-duty gloves used during cat rescues. The donation comes from the Fetch Foundation, an Arizona-based nonprofit dedicated to saving animals. The organization noticed the Mission Fire Department’s efforts on Live PD while they saved a pet from a structure fire and decided to donate their equipment.
Chief Gilbert Sanchez, “In mid December we had a structure fire. Of course all the residents got out of the house but some of the pets stayed inside. Fortunately they were rescued and pulled out of the structure. Through the efforts of the firefighters, they revived one of the dogs that was trapped inside the structure. According to the Fetch Foundation, over 40,000 pets die from smoke
inhalation a year in the U.S.