Gary Katen, President of Gain Communications, a full service telecommunications organization providing business nation-wide with custom telecommunications solutions, recently donated two sets of pet oxygen masks to the Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps in honor of his two dogs Cody and Sammy.  The masks come in three sizes for large, medium and small dogs/cats. These specially sized masks will enable firefighters or EMT’s to deliver oxygen to pets in need and in some cases save their lives.

“People care as deeply about their pets as they do human members of their family,” said Christine Devereaux, Vice President of Companion Animal Advocates. “Now pets in the Hackensack community have a much better chance of surviving smoke inhalation since they have received these masks. These masks work well because they are small, and are designed to fit over snouts. Even birds and hamsters can be placed inside the masks.”

If you are interested in donating a set of oxygen masks to your community, please contact Christine at CAA at 201-706-7666. The $100 tax-deductible donation includes: 3 oxygen masks (1 small, 1 medium & 1 large), 3 oxygen air tubes (1 for each mask, 22 mm diameter), 1 O2 Fur Life carry bag (for storage & mobility), 1 laminated instruction sheet (includes ABCs of CPR For Cats & Dogs), 1 kennel lead (for animal restraint & control), 2 “Pet Oxygen Masks On Board” decals (for display on vehicle and in department), 1 PowerPoint presentation (for personnel training), 1 instructional DVD “Pets Need Oxygen Too” (1 per order), 2 animal incident report (AIR) forms for first responders (carbonless 3-part) and a pet rescue notice form (printable document, PDF).

One of the goals of Companion Animal Advocates’ humane education program is to make sure that every town in Bergen County is equipped with a kit so that pets are protected in case of an emergency. So far, CAA has donated more than 160 sets of pet oxygen masks throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties.

Pictured from left to right:
Anthony Campagna from Gain Communications, William Pinkerton, Deputy Chief of HVAC, Gary Katen, President of Gain Communications with Cody and Sammy

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