SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog fire department received a gift of four kits of oxygen masks for pets from Invisible Fence Brand on Thursday, July 30 .
The donation was made as part of the company’s Project Breathe Pet Oxygen Mask program. Since the program started in 2007, the company has donated more than 10,000 masks to fire departments across Canada and the United States to aid in the rescue of pets.
Fire Chief Richard Miller said he was pleased with the donation and thinks that it will help the local fire department save more lives.
“It’s going to help us greatly because of the fact that you never know when you will come up against a dog or an animal that’s in distress,” he said. "They’re just like the rest of our citizens, they’re family members and it will help us help them.”
He also added that having a good relationship with a company like Invisible Fencing is an added bonus.
“It’s a great partnership that this company has come up with,” Chief Miller said. “Any time that we can partner with a company like this that will help our community is a fantastic thing.”
Peter Calbert, Owner of Invisible Fence of Central Ontario, said he is happy that this program can make a difference in protecting pets.
“We think it is wonderful that we can provide (local fire departments) with the best tools possible to save the homeowners pets so they can do a better job saving their life,” he said.
Two kits will be put in the Port Perry Fire Hall and the other two will be put in the Caesarea Hall.