Valley organization donates pet life-saving equipment

Apr 19, 2012

Phoenix ABC15

 

TEMPE, AZ - Just days ago, Tempe firefighters answered the call for a home being consumed by flames. One of the victims of the fire was the family dog.

Thanks to the efforts of firefighters using their equipment to give the dog oxygen, the family pet was saved.

Sherry Krueger, the organizer of the FETCH Foundation , saw the news report and decided that the fire station was in immediate need of equipment that could make such a rescue a little easier and perhaps faster.

So the FETCH Foundation donated one of their FIDO bags to the fire department.

Each bag contains a host of emergency medical supplies to help family pets in incidents such as fire. They include a burn sheet, splint, ambu-bag and most importantly an oxygen mask specifically designed to fit an animal's face.

An estimated half million pets are affected by fire each year and 40,000 of them die because of smoke inhalation.

Captain Darrell Duty with the Tempe Fire Department said, "In the past, we've had to make do with equipment that was really designed for use on humans, and it'll be a great tool now to have tools that are especially designed for animals. It'll really help actually in the resuscitation effort."

The FETCH Foundation hopes to supply every fire station not only in Arizona but the entire country with FIDO bags.

The non-profit relies solely on donations as each of the live-saving kits costs about $225 to complete.

You can make a donation by going to their website .

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