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Pet oxygen masks could save animals’ lives

Not for profit organisation, Smokey Paws, aims to increase the number of specially designed pet oxygen masks available to the UK fire service. It hopes to provide specialist equipment for organisations with multiple animals, such as kennels and catteries, so that pets have a better chance of survival.

Smokey Paws was set up by Brian Lockyer and Lynn Carberry. It started when they were discussing how they would get their Labrador out in a house fire and they noticed that pet oxygen masks are widely available in America but weren’t available yet here in the UK.

The masks enable the pet to get 95 percent to 100 percent oxygen as opposed to only 5 percent if using the human oxygen masks.

Smokey Paws Founder, Brian Lockyer, says: “Specially designed pet oxygen masks are more effective on pets than the human masks often used to try and revive pets by first responders.

“By providing one special animal oxygen kit for each fire engine in the country as well as providing them to sanctuaries and shelters, we hope to enable first responders to save even more animals’ lives.”

Smokey Paws is campaigning to raise awareness and support for its cause. Emma Johnson, fundraiser at Smokey Paws, said “We urge anyone who is interested in supporting us, from businesses to community groups and individuals to get in touch with us today. Together we can save more animals’ lives.”

Contact or call 07340754408 for more information on how you could help.

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