Tuesday, August 24, 2010



PETA gives pet oxygen masks to Portland fire dept.

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is lending a hand to the largest fire department in Maine.
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A pet oxygen mask is placed on a dog during a demonstration by a member of the Portland Fire Department recently.



Portland City Councilor David Marshall
By News 13

Story Created: Aug 18, 2010 at 8:25 AM EDT

Story Updated: Aug 18, 2010 at 8:28 AM EDT
Portland City Councilor David Marshall visits "Good Day Maine" this morning to talk about the Portland Fire Department's effort to raise $3,000 to equip every fire truck in the city with specially made pet oxygen masks.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010



From muzzles to masks: Fire crew seeks pet safety

(NECN: Amy Sinclair, Maine) - Helping pets breathe a little easier -- that's the goal of a new fundraising effort in Portland, Maine. The fire department is trying to raise money to equip trucks with pet oxygen masks.

It is a softer side of rescue work that the public doesn't usually get to see -- firefighters and paramedics at a fire scene, working to revive the family dog that's been overcome by smoke and heat.

The problem is that those oxygen masks are made for people and do not work well on animals.

With pet ownership on the rise in Maine's largest city, Portland officials hope to equip all eight fire stations with $40 pet oxygen masks that will fit large, medium and small animals.

$40 may not seem like a lot of money, but in an era of shrinking budgets, it is not an expense that most city fire departments can justify. That's where the Planet Dog Foundation comes in.

In partnership with pet owners, Planet Dog hopes to quickly raise $3,000 that will make these masks standard equipment on all rescue calls in Portland.



Portland Fire Department Raising Money for Pet Oxygen Masks
By News 13

Story Created: Aug 17, 2010 at 7:00 AM EDT

Story Updated: Aug 17, 2010 at 7:00 AM EDT
The Portland Fire Department, with help from the Portland Downtown District and the Planet Dog Foundation, is trying to raise $3,000 to equip every fire truck in the city with specially made pet oxygen masks.

The masks cost about $40 each and are designed to fit cats and dogs and come in various sizes. The goal is to have every size on every truck.

Fire Chief Fred LaMontagne says the first goal of every firefighter is human safety. But he also says some of the first words out of almost every homeowner's mouth is a plea to save a beloved family pet.


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