DRYDEN, N.Y. — Pet owners in Dryden can breathe a little easier with a new donation of pet oxygen masks by the Finger Lakes Kennel Club.

In case of emergency, two trucks at the Dryden Fire Department will have pet oxygen masks on hand that can be used on animals ranging in size from parakeets and “pocket pets” to large dogs.

The Finger Lakes Kennel Club presented the masks Wednesday to the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response.

Wag’N Enterprises, LLC who produces the oxygen mask kits, states: “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 unless they have the proper equipment — pet oxygen 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.”

The Finger Lakes Kennel Club raised funds for the pet oxygen masks at their Spring Match show in March. The club says it strives to “protect and advance the interest of dogs.”

The club said the oxygen mask donation continues a tradition of donations. The club plans to hold additional fundraisers to purchase additional kits for the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response.

Featured image: From left, Amanda Pough, from the Finger Lakes Kennel Club and Beth Harrington, assistant director of the Department of Emergency Response, hold the donated pet oxygen kits. Provided Photo

Kelsey O'Connor

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