With 46% of UK households owning pets and with over 42,000 house fire in the UK alone last year, it’s no wonder over two million Brits have lost pets in house fires, not to mention animals in wildlife sanctuaries and rehoming centres.
Not-for-profit organisation Smokey Paws is on a big pet lifesaving mission. Smokey Paws aims to get specially designed pet oxygen masks into the UK fire service and wherever multiple animals exist such as wildlife sanctuaries, kennels and catteries so that pets have a better chance of survival. It believes that if oxygen is available at the scene it should be used as effectively as possible, alongside specially shaped pet oxygen masks which would enable the pet to get 95%- 100% oxygen as opposed to only 5% if using the human oxygen masks.
Smokey Paws was set up by Brian Lockyer and Lynn Carberry after discussing how they would get their Labrador out in a house fire. They noticed that pet oxygen masks are widely available in America but weren’t available here in the UK.
Brian 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 still has a long way to go in their animal lifesaving mission and they are looking for as much support as possible. 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.”
Please contact [email protected] or call 07340754408 today for more information on how you could help.
Photo Credit: Smokey Paws