In honor of National Pet Fire Safety Day, The Orlando Cat Café donated two Pet Oxygen Masks to Lake County Fire Rescue. Fire Marshall Michael Vitta and Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks attended the presentation ceremony on Monday, July 15that 4:30 pm at the Orlando Cat Café.
National Pet Fire Safety Day was established by The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services to help reduce the estimated 50,000 pets affected by home fires every year. This nationwide awareness day educates pet owners about potential risks when pets are left home alone and provides them with proven prevention measures to ensure their safety.
“Losing a pet due to a house fire is a devastating experience. As most pet owners leave their furry companions home alone when they go to work, pets are left to fend for themselves in the event of a house fire. Unlike humans who instinctively run out during fires, pets instinctively look for a hiding place to protect themselves. Far too many pets die each year of smoke asphyxiation. While firemen attempt to get pets safely out of burning structures, they are not able to revive them unless they have the proper equipment, which is why pet oxygen masks are needed. These specially-designed animal masks can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to the dangerous toxic fumes,” says Sandra Cagan, owner of the Orlando Cat Café.
In addition to cats, the reusable Wag’N Pet Oxygen Mask Kits come with 3 different size masks that can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and many more species.
ABOUT ORLANDO CAT CAFÉ
The Orlando Cat Café opened in September 2016. Working together with SPCA Florida, Cagan Management Group, Inc., and Axum Coffee, our joint mission is to save the lives of homeless cats in Central Florida while drinking good coffee. Visit orlandocatcafe.com for more information.
ABOUT SPCA FLORIDA
Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,000 homeless animals entering our doors each year.
Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state. Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 91% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.
ABOUT WAG’N O2 FUR LIFE
Since its inception, the Wag’N O2 Fur Life® Program strives to be the most all-encompassing pet oxygen mask initiative available to first responders and their generous sponsors. They run this program at cost to ensure its affordability allowing the initiative to place 1 pet oxygen mask kit in every Fire and EMS Department across North America. First responders and their generous sponsors are the true heroes. They are the venue that works on making this the most efficient and seamless process while providing the best equipment, training and support to help them save animals. To date, the Wag’N O2 Fur Life Initiative has provided over 6,700 pet oxygen mask kits to over 3,000 departments in North America.