Tualatin Kennel Club acts to protect pets

by: COURTESY PHOTO - Fire and rescue personnel fit a dog with an oxygen mask, which can help in the event of smoke inhalation or exposure to toxic fumes by an animal. The Tualatin Kennel Club recently donated several such masks to Washington County fire districts.The Tualatin Kennel Club has donated several pet oxygen mask kits to Washington County Fire District No. 2 and to Hillsboro Fire & Rescue stations that were not already equipped with them.

The oxygen masks are specifically designed, reusable animal masks used to administer care to pets suffering from smoke inhalation and/or exposure to toxic fumes.

Prior to receiving the kits, firefighters had masks designed only for humans in their tool kits, severely limiting their ability to successfully resuscitate house pets.

Dr. Craig Bowen from the Tualatin Kennel Club visited a fire station in North Plains to present the kits. Three kits were distributed to Fire Station No. 17 in North Plains and three kits were assigned to Fire Station No. 19 at Midway.

The Tualatin Kennel Club jointly sponsors, produces and runs the third-largest dog show in the country every January at the Portland Expo Center. Funds raised through the club’s activities are donated to projects such as scholarships for veterinary students at Oregon State University, bulletproof vests for police canines and the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro.

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