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Fire Crews Receive Donated Kits to Resuscitate Pets

Pet Food Express and Whole Foods distribute special equipment to fire departments in Marin.

Pet Food Express in Mill Valley donated resuscitation kits specifically designed for pets to Marin County fire departments Saturday, a store official said.

A month-long fundraiser by the store, as well as the on East Blithedale Avenue in Mill Valley, resulted in the donation of 44 kits, according to Pet Food Express officials.

Prior to the donation Saturday, most of the county's fire departments were not equipped with the kits.

Marin County fire departments will put the kits on their fire engines, according to officials.

Michael Levy, Pet Food Express' founder and a Mill Valley resident, said he believes the kits will help save pets.

"This is a great way for us to help pets and the community at the same time," he said in a statement. "It could be someday that your pet, or my pet, will need this kit."

Each kit costs $100 and includes three sizes of oxygen masks, oxygen supply lines, a rescue leash, decals and instructions.

— Bay City News Service

janna nikkola August 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Does this mean that if a pet has a health emergency that its owner can call 911 to have paramedics, an ambulance and/or a fire truck rush out to save the pet using this kit? If this is the case, is this something we should expect of our paramedics and fire fighters? Of course everyone loves their pets, but what happens if paramedics and fire fighters are out on pet emergency and then a 911 call comes in for a house fire or a person having a heart attack and the paramedics and fire fighters are late in getting to the house fire or the heart attack patient? Shouldn't animal emergencies be handled by the Humane Society?
Doing Good August 05, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Although fire departments have responded to the aid of animals stuck in drain pipes, down cliffs and the like for years, these kits are for when the FD rescues distressed animals from burning buildings. For many, animals are like family and where possible the fire department wishes to create the best possible outcome if the opportunity arises.
leah aaron August 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
really? you REALLY, truly think this is for people to call and say, "hi, my dog is choking on his Canine Carry Out and needs you to come over in your fire truck?" How about when a family of 4 and their 10 year old Basset Hound are in a smoke filled house and the fire dept arrives and are able to save the people part of the family AND the dog part of the family as a bonus. Might cheer the people part of the family up to have their beloved pet saved when their home has burned to the ground. I need to know that you didn't really think someone would be able to call the fire dept for a pet choking emergency. Or are you a 10 year old?
Anne Tique August 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Since the article doesn't outline for which pet emergencies - smoke inhalation, choking, heart attack, etc. - these kits would be used, there is lots of room for interpretation as to what circumstances one would call the fire dept. knowing these kits are now available in the area for our furry friends. Firefighters these days are equal parts fighters of fires and first responders in medical emergencies, so the extension to first responder for pet medical emergencies isn't an unreasonable leap. Maybe Patch could offer some clarity?
leah aaron August 05, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Antique, Again, REALLY? First, we are blessed to have a fire dept who, unlike FDNY or the like have some free time to help out in some less conventional ways that are still helpful to our community. That said, are you genuinely confused whether or not the fire department would come to your home to give your cat mouth to mouth in the event she gets a hairball? I'm no civic leader, but my guess as an adult would be that theses donated kits are to help with animals who are caught up in emergency situations that also involve human beings. My other guess, as an adult, is that anyone complaining that this is somehow taking precious time and resources away from saving human lives is looking for something to complain about. How could our fire dept receiving such a generous donation that could be put to good use leave room for such silly questions?
Anne Tique August 05, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Leah, I did not say I was confused, but that, for the sake of clarity and saving 911 operators and our emergency services some calls from folks who might be, Mill Valley Patch might want to clarify the conditions under which the kits' use are intended. That's all.
leah aaron August 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
My apologies for thinking you my be confused. Hopefully, most people with a third grade education will not be either. Although there will always be those who think they should call 911 if they are drunk and can't find their car keys.
Anne Tique August 05, 2012 at 10:50 PM
So, if I were confused, then your rude diatribes would have been acceptable?
leah aaron August 05, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Yes. If this sort of thing is genuinely confusing to an able bodied adult, then it does indeed justify my "rude" comments. I made my "rude" comments because I am genuinely mystified by people who always have something to complain about. I am also genuinely mystified when someone who can get along fine in society day to day needs such a detailed explanation about something that should be painfully clear.
Anne Tique August 05, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Leah, I don't think anyone is "complaining" about these kits, but we all know that people call 911 for myriad odd reasons and less, not more of this would be good to encourage. Patch being in the communication business could help with this in this case. Advocating discourteous discourse is the hallmark of spoiled brats and bullies and detracts from the free-flow of ideas.
leah aaron August 05, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Bullying? Perhaps you should get out more. You are taking comments I made and making them very personal. I am allowed to comment on the Patch, the same as you are. And I am doing it with my real name. The bottom line on my part is that I am tired of people (and of course this is not directed at YOU, although you are very special and do deserve a trophy for showing up) taking a lovely act, such as the donation of these life saving kits and turning it into a "but what about me " minute. If, for a moment, I really thought the original commenter was indeed confused, I would have been kinder. To me it was a passive aggressive attempt to make a point that saving people pets would somehow detract from saving human lives. So, comment away, write your congressperson about the big bad bully who is thrilled people still do kind things and is sick of others pointing out the endless downside. I simply believe it's not all about me.
Anne Tique August 06, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Peace, Leah. If I have over-reacted to what I perceived as an over-reaction on your part, then, my mistake.
Alan Atha August 06, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Many, many an animal should be rescued before most humans.
Craig Belfor August 06, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Any chance someone could grab a couple of kits and try to break up the cat fight going on here?
Bob Ratto August 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
No doubt!..I don't think the kits are that well equipped, though!

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