SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Local fire departments now have the ability to save even more lives, thanks to a generous gift Wednesday.
The McKenzie Cascade Dog Fanciers Club donated 35 sets of oxygen masks, that specifically fit dogs and cats, to five local fire departments.
The masks come in three different sizes.
The Eugene-Springfield fire chief says saving people is the first priority, but pets are family members too.
“We understand that these are part of peoples families and they’re very, very important to the family unit and we see that as part of our mission to serve and protect the families by also protecting and initiating life saving measures for their pets,” said Eugene-Springfield Fire Department Chief Randy Groves.
The set of masks cost about $1,000 total. The group bought them with money raised from dog shows and other events throughout the year.