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Orlando Cat Café donates pet oxygen masks to Lake County Fire Rescue

For the third year in a row, the Orlando Cat Café donated pet oxygen masks to Lake County Fire Rescue. The life-saving donation is in recognition of National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15.

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For the third year in a row, the Orlando Cat Café donated pet oxygen masks to Lake County Fire Rescue.

The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services established National Pet Fire Safety Day to spread public awareness on keeping pets safe in the event of a fire which is vital to protecting owners and pets in an emergency.

“The pet oxygen mask donation to Lake County Fire Rescue has become one of my most favorite and meaningful annual events,” said Sandy Cagan, founder of the Orlando Cat Cafe “Sadly, over 40,000 pets die in fires annually, and pet oxygen masks can make the difference between life and death in those cases. We are proud to provide this life-saving equipment to Lake County, even it helps just one dog or cat survive the unthinkable tragedy of a fire.”

In recognition of Pet Fire Safety Day, the National Fire Protection Association advises that in the event of a fire residents should never go back inside for their pets. Instead, tell firefighters a pet is trapped inside. Firefighters are trained to conduct a thorough search and safely remove the pet from the fire before initiating treatment.

“Pet oxygen masks allow for better treatment and oxygenation of pets following the dangerous effects of smoke inhalation,” said Jim Dickerson, Fire Chief of Lake County Fire Rescue. “These masks are essential equipment that have allowed our firefighters the ability to resuscitate and save pets, and we cannot thank the Orlando Cat Café enough for their continued support,” said Jim Dickerson, Lake County Fire Rescue Chief.

For more information on Lake County Fire Rescue, visit their Facebook page and Twitter page.

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