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Local Departments Receive Project Breath™ Oxygen Masks

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On March 21, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) and Invisible Fence® Brand presented Juneau EMS, Horicon EMS, Clyman Fire and Rescue Department and Horicon Police Department with emergency oxygen masks for pets. These donations were made possible because of Project BreatheTM, a partnership between the WVMA and Invisible Fence® Brand.

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"By bringing local member veterinarians and local Invisible Fence® Brand dealers together to offer fire departments the oxygen mask kits we hope to draw more attention to pet safety and the importance of appropriate medical care for pets," said Kim Brown Pokorny, WVMA executive director.

WVMA Member, Vicky Smith, DVM and Lindsay Sage, CVT of the Wyllow Pet Hospital presented the masks.
Although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry websites and sources have cited an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires; most succumbing to smoke inhalation.

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The goal of Project BreathTM is to equip every fire station in the U.S. and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often saves pets' lives.

"The WVMA would like to thank Invisible Fence® Brand for being our pet safety partner and helping our members outfit departments throughout Wisconsin with these lifesaving tools," Brown Pokorny said.

Contact your local WVMA member veterinarian or find one online at www.wvma.org. Or contact Jeremy Panizza at the WVMA by phone (888) 254-5202 or email jeremy@wvma.org to get started with Project BreatheTM. Your local Invisible Fence® Brand Dealer and WVMA member veterinarian will assist you throughout the donation/demonstration process. To learn more about Project BreatheTM visit www.invisiblefence.com/02.

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