Dog's spirit lives on through donation to Glendale firefighters

Oct 13, 2014

Phoenix CBS5

 

GLENDALE, AZ - Three bags full of customized oxygen masks and other medical supplies made to care for pets in emergencies like fires were recently donated to the Glendale Fire Department.

One of the FIDO bags was donated in memory of Sasha, a 13-year-old rescued Jack Russell Terrier, who died of Valley Fever last December.

The bags, created by a Glendale firefighter, were placed on Glendale fire trucks in April 2007 after the Sun Valley Animal Shelter provided $4,000 to fund the FIDO bag program.

Glendale firefighters say they believe that the bags are a necessity since 70 percent of households have pets.

The three bags were donated by the AZ Jack Russell Rescue (AZJRR) through the Fetch Foundation.

The rescue took Sasha in three years ago after her owner surrendered her to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

She was adopted quickly but returned when she was diagnosed with Valley Fever. The new family did not want to cover the costs of treatment and without medications Sasha did not have a chance for survival.

AZJRR owners Gary and Sandy Mittendorf decided they would take care of her with several volunteers sharing duties of an around-the-clock treatment and care schedule.

When extensive care was no longer needed, AZJRR board members Doug and Carolyn Latham took Sasha in for almost two years until her advanced age and health issues proved too much for her.

"It was important for us to donate one of the bags to the Glendale Fire Department in honor of Sasha since her foster home was in Glendale," Sandy Mittendorf said.

"We also wanted to spread the word to encourage others to help the Fetch Foundation to provide these much needed bags to help save animal's lives," she added.

To help support and maintain the FIDO bag program, people can donate to Glendale firefighters Charities by calling 623-930-4400 or by visiting the Fetch Foundation's website.

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