When dealing with the danger of smoke and fire, the first priority is saving lives. In addition to humans, those lives often include canines and felines as well.
Last year, an estimated 40,000 pets died in the United States from fires, including 2,100 in North Carolina and four in Warren County, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Warren County Emergency Medical Services Lieutenant Mary Anstead and paramedic Daniel Rigg wanted to ensure these numbers stayed low here and took the initiative to make that happen.
After first reaching out to Frank Nobles, chief of animal control for Vance County, a partnership was formed between WCEMS, Warren County Animal Ark and the Mona Pants Foundation, a Zebulon-based nonprofit that provides ballistic vests to law enforcement K-9s and oxygen masks to local first responders.