Catnip and Carrots Donates Animal Respirators

At the January 8, 2008 City Council meeting, Catnip and Carrots Animal Bunch of Monroe donated seven sets of specialized animal respiratory masks to the Monroe Fire Department and Paramedic Units. They will be carried on each emergency vehicle in their fleet: enough for the entire community. They could potentially assist animals in surrounding areas when called upon, not to mention canine SWAT units.
Asst. Fire Chief John Centers had never heard of this life saving equipment and is very happy to have them added to their fleet. Chief Mark Neu expressed his appreciation as well, and proclaimed that all life is valuable and worth saving.
C&C president Susan Wise explains, “With the recent passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006, pets have finally become recognized as an integral part of our family and are no longer considered “just animals”. With natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina or the recent devastating wildfires of Southern California, we are becoming more and more aware of how these tragedies affect not only us, but those of our pets. As evidenced in New Orleans, many of us are reluctant to leave a pet behind and will risk our own lives to help save them. More than a few of us consider them as children but their value to our many senior residents is even more far reaching – often times they are their only companion and offer much needed love and emotional support.”
The oxygen masks were purchased from H.E.L.P. Animals of Florida and are manufactured by McCullough Medical of New Zealand and each set consist of three various sizes made specifically to resuscitate dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters or birds and include all necessary air tubing. The EMS unit simply attaches the mask to an oxygen tank or portable breather bag for manual use. They are reusable, easily cleaned and carry a generous 2 year warranty from their U.S. supplier, Surgi-Vet.
Though Monroe had only 30 house fires last year and just one involved a pet, the City will be ready to respond and help any animal in need of resuscitation. They truly make the difference in life or death situations and can be used in cases of carbon monoxide poisoning or smoke inhalation from a common household fire, a natural disaster such as tornado, a terrorist attack, or exposure to chemical fumes. They can also be instrumental in reviving a Police dog or Search and Rescue animal injured in the line of duty from accident or gunshot wound.
The masks were paid for out of C&C’s general fund but at $450, they felt it was a much needed expenditure for their local residents. They hope to spread the word about their “Save Ohio Pets” program and purchase masks for surrounding communities in Butler County such as Middletown, Trenton, Hamilton and Liberty Township. With offices in both Monroe and Huntington Beach, California, they are distributing 26 additional sets of masks to Orange County Fire Departments and the OC Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center through their special WildFire Fund to help local responders that work the front lines of wildfires and other natural disasters.
Formed in 2005, Catnip and Carrots is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with approximately 30 volunteers and over 225 supporters. Along with animal welfare, spay/neuter and emergency assistance for low income senior or disabled pet owners, they are also active in disaster preparedness education. Saving lives and preventing tragedy is simply another way C&C strives to help homeless and resident animals. For more information, visit www.catnipandcarrots.org.
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