Project Paws Alive, a non-profit organization, has joined with presenting sponsor Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center to kick-off its fundraising effort to provide Pet Oxygen Recovery Mask Kits for six Fire/EMS agencies in parts of the Harrisburg, PA area.
The six agencies to receive the equipment consists of West Shore EMS, Fairview Township EMS, Newberrytown EMS, Camp Hill EMS, East Pennsboro and Harrisburg. All vehicles within each agency will receive a Pet Oxygen Recovery Mask kit for a grand total of 50 kits.
Unlike humans who instinctively run out during fires, pets instinctively look for a hiding place to protect them from the fire which results in far too many pets dying 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 recovery 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.
Pet Oxygen Recovery Mask Kits are not standard equipment for first responders. Most first responder agencies (fire, rescue, EMS) are not permitted to purchase equipment that is not for use on humans. Additionally, many of these agencies have had budget cuts and cannot afford to buy these kits. First responders are not authorized to use equipment that is not on their vehicle which is why it is important that funds be raised to donate these kits.
The Pet Oxygen Recovery Mask Kits to be donated are the highest end kit available. The kit comes with 3 different size masks that can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and more. These durable polycarbonate masks feature dual vents and a rubber mounted 22mm oxygen adapter enabling unrestricted inhalation and exhalation of air. The masks are reusable and will last for years to come. Each kit contains three masks of varying sizes, oxygen air tubes for each mask, a laminated instruction sheet for quick reference, a kennel lead for animal restraint & control, 2 animal Incident Report forms, Pet Rescue Notice forms, 2 “Oxygen Masks On Board” decals to display on vehicle or at station, and one reflective carry bag per kit for easy storage, mobility and identification.
Rossmoyne Animal Emergency & Trauma Center in Mechanicsburg, PA will be conducting instructional training for the receiving first responders so that they will understand how to use the mask kits and kennel lead, which mask to use and when, safety protocol on unconscious pets, and CPR for Cats & Dogs.
Our goal is to raise $8,000 to provide this vital equipment.
All donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible.
You may make a donation online directly via the PayPal “Donation” button located below.
In person donations and checks may be dropped off at the Rossmoyne Animal Emergency & Trauma Center at 4930 Ritter Rd, Suite 101, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Please make all checks payable to Project Paws Alive and include “PA O2 Kits” in the memo line.
Checks and money orders can also be mailed to directly to Project Paws Alive at 1911 Grayson Highway, Suite 8-158, Grayson, GA 30017. Please make all checks payable to Project Paws Alive and include “PA O2 Kits” in the memo line.
Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a 501c non-profit charity that is 100% volunteer based and raises funds to donate life-saving equipment to law enforcement, military, and first responder agencies throughout the US. Project Paws Alive’s dual mission is to help public safety officials and first responders save the lives of domestic pets with specially designed pet oxygen mask recovery kits, and to provide vital equipment such as stab & bullet protective vests and trauma kits to law enforcement and military K-9s. Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations to provide this lifesaving equipment that agencies cannot afford. We maintain a nationwide waitlist for this equipment. To donate, volunteer, or obtain more information about Project Paws Alive please visit http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org
Rossmoyne Animal Emergency & Trauma Center Mechanicsburg, PA is located off PA-15, PA-581, I-83 and Pennsylvania Turnpike. The Rossmoyne Animal Emergency & Trauma Center is the regional urgent care center for small animal companions in South Central PA. Staffed by experienced emergency doctors and nurses, our on-site diagnostic capabilities include a full-service laboratory and digital radiography. We provide outpatient care for patients with minor ailments and inpatient care for patients who require hospitalization for critical care and/or surgical services. For more information please visit http://www.animal-emergency-center.com