The Hyannis Fire/Rescue Department recently received a donation of three sets of specially designed oxygen masks for pets from at-home pet services provider Canine Company.
Captain Jeffrey Huska requested the life-saving masks, explaining that the department handles several animal rescues each year – ranging from saving dogs and cats from residential structure fires to rescuing a mother duck and her ten ducklings from a storm drain.
Family pets are at special risk during a home fire because they are unable to leave the house without help. An estimated 40,000 pets die from smoke inhalation across the U.S. each year. The cone-shaped masks are designed for a pet's snout, which human masks don't fit. Each set includes masks in three sizes to fit pets from small mammals to giant breed dogs.