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Fire Department seeks donations for saving animals

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Nora Ankrum

The Austin Fire Department has put out a call for help in replenishing its supply of oxygen masks designed specially for pets. Calling the masks “lifesaving devices that have helped Austin firefighters resuscitate everyone from a dog to a lobster,” animal advocacy organization PETA responded to the request on Monday with a $1,000 check. The organization also released an announcement calling on the Austin community to donate as well, so that AFD can reach its goal of $5,000. “For animals pulled from a blaze, a mask can be the difference between life and a painful death,” said PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. The announcement also encourages people with pets to post signs – or stickers available from PETA – on their doors or windows letting rescue workers know in emergency situations that pets are inside.

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