Fido, Fluffy and Polly deserve a fighting chance, too.
That's why the Suncoast Animal League will donate 45 sets of animal resuscitation masks to Pasco County Fire Rescue on Thursday.
"This will allow us to have a set of masks on all 23 fire engines and 21 rescue units,'' Rescue Chief C. Duncan Hitchcock in a press release. "Because of an earlier donation by (Pasco County) Animal Services, we currently have masks on two air trucks.''
The masks come in three sizes - small, medium and large - and can be used on animals from small birds to large dogs. The reusable masks cost $70 per set.
The nonprofit animal rescue organization, based in Palm Harbor, will present Pasco firefighters will the masks at 2 p.m. Thursday at Station 23, 21300 State Road 54, Land 'O Lakes.
Without animal oxygen masks, rescue crews are often unable to save family pets. Some firefighters have even tried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on animals.
Today, oxygen masks for animals are used by NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, as well as by wildlife rescue operations and police dogs around the country, a press release states.