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The Board of Supervisors recently accepted the donation of four Pet Oxygen Mask Kits. Two of the kits were donated by the non-profit Recycled Pets are Best, and two were donated anonymously. These kits are specially designed to deliver fresh oxygen to pets when they are involved in a fire where the smoke has affected them. The four kits were placed on fire response vehicles located at Lewisburg Fire Department, Bridgetown Fire Department, Nesbit Fire Department and DeSoto County Emergency Services to best serve the unincorporated area of the county. First responders receive appropriate training to use this equipment when necessary. The kits have three different size masks that can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and many more species.
Losing a pet due to a house fire can be a devastating experience. As most pet owners leave their furry companions home alone when they go to work, pets are left to fend for themselves in the event of a house fire. Unlike humans who instinctively run out during fires, pets instinctively look for a hiding place to protect them from the fire. Far too many pets die each year of smoke asphyxiation. While firemen attempt to get pets safely out of burning structures, they are not able to revive them unless they have the proper equipment - pet oxygen masks. These specially-designed animal masks can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to the dangerous toxic fumes. On behalf of the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors and all First Responders, Thank you to the donors of these life-saving kits!