VIDEO: First responders lacked the tools needed to give pets the best chance of survival in emergencies for decades, but now, a Valley nonprofit is providing those tools to fire and police departments across the country.
"We pull out more dogs and cats and stuff than actual humans." Phoenix firefighter Bobby Laufer said. About 40,000 pets die in fires every year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Marie Peck wants to lower that statistic.
Peck founded the Fetch Foundation and went on to create The Fido Bag. Each bag is filled with essential items needed to help save pets.
“What it means to our firefighters and police officers, knowing they can do something now," Peck said. "There’s some of our older guys who have told me 'if they only had it back in the day.'”