BARBERTON -- It's estimated that up to 150,000 pets die in fires every year, most succumbing to smoke inhalation.
In an effort to keep pets protected in an emergency situations, 15 area fire/police departments received54 animal rescue oxygen masks Thursday morning through a donation from the Invisible Fence brand.
Before the kits were passed out, a demonstration was held to show how the oxygen masks are used when rescuing pets.
The donation is part of a national effort called Project Breathe to equip fire stations across the U.S. and Canada.
Cities receiving the equipment include Barberton, Norton, Copley, Clinton, New Franklin, Green, Coventry, Tallmadge, Fairlawn and Canton.
To date, Invisible Fence has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the United States and Canada. More than 80 pets have been saved by the donated masks so far, including two who were rescued in Columbus.
More information is available at: www.invisiblefence.com/O2.