Rochester-area organization donates oxygen masks to save pets from smoke inhalation

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Firefighters may rush into the line of fire not only to save humans life, but also our pets. But sometimes they do not have all the necessary equipment.

Tom Hettinger, owner of Invisible Fence Upstate New York in Rochester, says his team makes an effort to donate oxygen masks to fire departments in the Rochester area every year through the charity Project Breathe.

Project Breathe data estimated 100,000 pets die each year in fires, mostly due to smoke inhalation.

Hettinger says he’s proud that they can contribute to saving a life. These oxygen masks come in three sizes made to fit around any pet’s snout.

“We try to use human masks, but they don’t fit properly,” said Hettinger. “That’s why these are very important. We are pet lovers, we are pet owners. This is what we do — we care about pets. “

Invisible Fence has donated 50 masks to Rochester-area fire departments so far in 2017.

Project Breathe nationally have donated over 9,500 masks across the U.S. and Canada.

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