By ADRIENNE GRAHAM
The Tyler Fire Department received 10 sets of animal oxygen masks from the Tyler Obedience Training Club and the Cat Fanciers’ Association on Thursday.
The masks are specially designed to fit the shape of the faces of animals that need oxygen resuscitation.
“We’ve tried to use pediatric masks to revive pets before, but these are specially made for animals,” Tyler Fire Department Public Information Officer Jeff Akin said.
Donna Doyle, vice president of TOTC said the masks are built by an animal surgical group and are the same design as the oxygen masks used by veterinarians.
The Fire department received ten sets of masks, each containing a mask for a large dog, a medium dog and a cat.
“The set can be used on any animal as large as a Saint Bernard down to a small bird,” Ms. Doyle said. TOTC purchased the kits for each of the nine fire stations in Tyler and one for a future station that is being planned.
“We hope giving the masks to the Tyler Fire Department will raise awareness and draw donations so we can purchase masks for all area fire stations,” she said. TOTC is a non-profit organization, which allows them to purchase the masks at a discount for the purpose of distributing them to rescue agencies.
To learn more about TOTC visit tylerotc.org.
To make a donation toward the purchase of pet oxygen masks for East Texas fire departments, send donations to: Tyler Obedience Training Club-Pet Oxygen Mask Fund, P.O. Box 7396, Tyler, TX, 75711. Administrators request donations also be accompanied by a note specifying it is for the purchase of pet oxygen masks.