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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pet Oxygen Mask Donation

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Public Information Officer, 240-508-7930

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department gratefully accepted a donation of pet oxygen masks from a group advocating the welfare and interest of animals.

The Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare (Bowie CLAW) is comprised of compassionate people who bring together various skills and knowledge to move forward our mission of advocating for the interest and welfare of animals in the Bowie and Greater Bowie area.  On Tuesday, August 7, officials from the organization visited the Northview Fire/EMS Station 816 and accepted a quantity of pet oxygen masks in enclosed toolboxes.  The pet O2 masks come in 3 different sizes that accommodate the different sizes of animals that could be encountered.  Each kit costs about $100.  Bowie Claw generated funds for the purchase of the O2 kits during a spaghetti fundraising event held at the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department on Annapolis Road.  Bowie Claw has additional kits that they will donate to other area fire departments as well as to police canine teams.

Firefighters sometimes encounter family pets during residential fires.  If possible and staffing is available, every attempt to revive a pet, using these pet O2 masks, will be made.

The donation from Bowie Claw will bring a total of 50 kits available in the Fire/EMS Department.  This donation will augment a previous donation made by the Canine Fitness Center in Millersville, MD.

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