Marion County Fire Rescue is asking the public to support nonprofits trying to raise funds to procure pet oxygen masks.
The county made the announcement via press release this week, just a few days after five animals were saved from a burning structure.
“Far too many pets die each year of smoke asphyxiation. While firemen attempt to get pets safely out of burning structures, they are not able to revive them” without pet oxygen masks, according to a press release from the county.
In the past, pet oxygen masks have generally been donated by nonprofits and other groups in the community. The masks are specifically designed with a cone shape to fit the muzzles and snouts of dogs, cats, and other household pets.
According to the release, the masks cost around $100 for a pack of three.
“The county has nearly 100 fire trucks in our fleet, and we would like each vehicle to have these devices available,” reads the county’s release.
Earlier this week, Marion County Fire Rescue units responded to a mobile home fire and rescued five pets. After the animals were removed from the burning structure, emergency personnel administered oxygen through pet oxygen masks.
For those interested in contributing, visit the the GoFundMe operated by P.E.T.S. of Marion County or use the donation drop off box at Marion County Animal Services, 5701 SE 66th Street in Ocala.