Pets living in Dorchester and the surrounding area now have a better chance of surviving household fires – thanks to new oxygen masks for animals being carried on the town’s fire engines.

The funding for the set of specially-designed masks to Poundbury Fire Station, Dorchester has been provided by Dorwest Herbs.

Dorwest Herbs donated the money for a set of masks to Smokey Paws, who through donations are striving to give Pet Oxygen Masks to every UK First Responder to help family pets in the event of a fire.

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Jo Boughton-White, Managing Director at Dorwest Herbs commented “Pets can become confused and scared in fires and may run off and hide, so when missing animals are found they can often be overcome by smoke, the breathing apparatus aims to give pets suffering smoke inhalation a better chance of survival as they can access pure oxygen while they are being rushed to the vet. At Dorwest we know only too well how much our pets mean to us, and so we think this is an essential piece of equipment, and are delighted to be able to donate this to Poundbury Fire Station”.

Lynn Carberry from Smokey Paws commented “Smokey Paws is a not for profit organisation giving lifesaving Pet Oxygen Masks to the UK fire services, it was started to try and help the fire Service save pets. The specially designed pet oxygen masks fit from large dogs to small hamsters, snakes and cats. Where a human oxygen mask will give a pet around 10% oxygen, these pet masks will give the pet 90% oxygen, and the best chance of recovery”.

Robbie Tompkins, Station Commander said “We’re really grateful to Dorwest for donating the Smokey Paws pet resuscitation kits to Dorchester fire station. Pets are integrate members of any family and these kits give us the best chance to make a real difference.”

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The only way Smokey Paws can continue to give these lifesaving masks to the fire service is with your donations, group fundraisers and company sponsorship. Dorwest urges everyone to get in touch to help save as many pets as possible from house fires, visit www.smokeypaws.co.uk  or contact info@smokeypaws.co.uk or tel 07340 754408.
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