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More than 300 Fire Trucks Across BC to Receive Free Pet Oxygen Mask Sets

More than 300 Fire Trucks Across BC to Receive Free Pet Oxygen Mask Sets

After nearly four months of focused fundraising efforts including donations from dog sport clubs, companion animal-focused businesses and individuals from around the province and beyond, the Happy Dogs Legacy Campaign is proud to announce nearly $40,000 was raised which enabled 328 pet oxygen mask sets to be purchased and sent to fire halls across BC, at no cost to each hall/department.

The campaign began in June of this year, after a Burnaby house fire in late May took the lives of seven dogs and two cats. The dog sport and pet community was so profoundly impacted that Happy Dogs Legacy was established to ensure something positive came from the tragic event and after learning that life-saving pet oxygen masks are not a mandatory piece of equipment on every fire truck in BC. Calls began to municipal and volunteer halls to gauge interest and the campaign was met with a very enthusiastic response; with 95 fire districts expressing interest in receiving the kits. A PetFundr page was created and several other initiatives including an online auction were held to raise the needed funds.

“We are immensely grateful to everyone who supported this campaign so we could make this legacy a reality – from the volunteers who tirelessly called halls to get mask numbers, to each and every donor who make a contribution – we could not have done this without you,” said Happy Dogs Legacy Team Member Elisha McCallum. “Knowing that there will soon be 328 more pet oxygen masks sets in use around the province gives us hope that more companion animals, of all shapes and sizes, will have a fighting chance if exposed to smoke in a fire and that the heartache over the loss of a pet can be prevented.”

The pet oxygen mask kits were acquired through the Wag’N 02 Fur Life Program’s Pet Oxygen Mask Initiative, a North American distributor for McCulloch Medical™. Each kit includes a set of three oxygen masks in various sizes, tubing to connect masks to oxygen supply, a training DVD, hints and tips sheet, kennel lead for on scene animal handling, useful reporting forms, laminated instructions, educational materials and pet oxygen masks on board stickers, all inside a carry bag.

“This equipment has time and time again proven that it significantly increases the odds of a successful field animal rescue outcome by its shear ease of use, access, implementation and affordability. What an inspiring project to start National Fire Safety Month,” said Ines de Pablo, president of Wag’N O2 Fur Life.

“Our pets are our family members. McCulloch Medical™ wholeheartedly supports taking every possible precaution to ensure their well-being and safety,” said Mark L. Anderson, DVM and founder of MAI Animal Health, the endorser brand of McCulloch Medical. “We are proud to partner with the Happy Dogs Legacy Campaign and their initiative to provide BC-area fire halls with the tools they need to help safeguard against future tragedies. We congratulate the Campaign and its efforts.”
The pet oxygen masks include a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

To ensure longevity and the utmost standard of care, Happy Dogs Legacy will ensure fire halls are connected with local veterinarians should additional training on their use be requested. Happy Dogs Legacy Team is in the process of sending all mask sets to fire halls in the coming week for arrival by the end of October. For more information on which communities and halls will be receiving masks, please see below. Fire halls not on this list who would like mask sets are encouraged to contact Happy Dogs Legacy directly.

About Happy Dogs Legacy

Happy Dogs Legacy, founded in June of 2016, is an initiative started by BC pet owners to outfit all fire trucks in the province with pet oxygen mask sets. The project was born to create legacy out of tragedy after a Lower Mainland area fire claimed the lives of seven dogs and two cats. Happy Dogs Legacy is an ongoing initiative partnering with Wag’N 02 Fur Life and will continue to work to ensure all fire halls in BC have access to this valuable life-saving piece of equipment. www.happydogslegacy.com

About Wag’N O2 Fur Life

Wag’N O2 Fur Life is an educational and public safety company dedicated to providing pet oxygen masks to first responders across North America. To learn more about the Pet Oxygen Mask Initiative and to find out if your local department already carries this pet life saving equipment visit the Department Database at www.PetOxygenMasks.org

About McCulloch Medical

The McCulloch Medical Oxygen Recovery Masks are one of many products offered within a full line of proven aspiration and resuscitation products that have saved the lives of countless animals worldwide. For more information on McCulloch Medical, visit www.mccullochmedical.com

List of Communities/Fire Halls Receiving Pet Oxygen Mask Sets from Happy Dogs Legacy

  • Abbotsford Fire Department – 5 sets
  • Balfour Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Burnaby Fire Department – 12 sets
  • Castlegar Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Chemainus Hall Fire Department – 1 set
  • Coquitlam Fire Department – 11 sets
  • Courtenay (City) Fire Department -10 sets
  • Crescent Valley Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Dawson Creek Fire Rescue – 2 sets
  • Elk Valley South Country Fire & Rescue – 8 sets
  • Esquimalt Fire Department – 1 set
  • Fort Nelson/N.Rockies Regional Fire Dept– 4 sets
  • Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department – 1 set
  • Kaleden Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Kaslo Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Lake Country Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Lantzville (District) Fire and Rescue – 3 sets
  • Maple Bay Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Mesachie Lake Volunteer Fire – 2 sets
  • Mill Bay Fire Department – 5 sets
  • Nelson Fire Department -3 sets
  • North Vancouver City Fire Dept – 3 sets
  • Otter Point Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Pass Creek Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Peachland Fire Department – 1 set
  • Port Alberni Fire Departments – 7 sets
  • Port Hardy Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Qualicum Beach Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Riondel Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Saanich Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue – 8 sets
  • Savary Island Fire – 2 sets
  • Shawnigan Lake Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Slocan Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Sunshine Valley Volunteer Fire Dept – 2 sets
  • Tarrys Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Vernon Fire Rescue – 4 sets
  • Whistler Fire Rescue Service – 7 sets
  • Williams Lake Fire Department – 5 sets
  • Winlaw Fire Department – 1 set
  • Yahk Fire Department – 1 set
  • Ashcroft Fire Rescue – 3 sets
  • Beasley Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Blewett Volunteer Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Cariboo Fire Departments – 7 sets
  • Central Saanich Volunteer Fire – 4 sets
  • Colwood Fire Rescue – 2 sets
  • Comox Fire Rescue – 2 sets
  • Cowichan Area Fire Departments – 18 sets
  • Creston Fire Rescue – 1 sets
  • Elkford (District) Fire Rescue – 1 set
  • Enderby & District Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Fernie (City) Fire and Emergency Services – 2 sets
  • Grand Forks Fire Department – 6 sets
  • Highlands (District) Fire Department – 5 sets
  • Kamloops Fire Rescue – 10 sets
  • Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Langley Township Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Lumby Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Maple Ridge (City) Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Metchosin Fire Department – 5 sets
  • Nanaimo Fire Department – 1 set
  • Nelson North Shore Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Ooteschenia Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Parksville Fire Department – 9 sets
  • Passmore Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Pemberton Fire Rescue – 3 sets
  • Port Coquitlam Fire – 2 sets
  • Prince George Fire Rescue Services – 12 sets
  • Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services – 2 sets
  • Robson Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Salmon Arm (City) Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Sasamat Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Seabird Island Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Shirley Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Squamish Fire Department – 6 sets
  • Surrey Fire Rescue – 1 set
  • Terrace (City) Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Tofino Volunteer Fire Department – 3 sets
  • West Vancouver District – 4 sets
  • White Rock Fire Rescue – 2 sets
  • Willis Point Volunteer Fire Department – 3 sets
  • View Royal Fire Rescue – 3 sets
  • Ymir Fire Department – 1 set

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