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Free Pet Rescue Alert Stickers Offered to Help Pet Owners and Firefighters in Case of Emergency
Every year, thousands of pets are affected by house fires. This October, in honor of National Fire Safety Month, Wag'N Enterprises has partnered with America's number one rated pet insurance provider, Petplan in a nationwide campaign to help first responders proactively locate pets during actual fire-related emergencies and potentially save pets suffering from smoke inhalation.
Beginning October 1, 2010, pet parents will be able to upload a picture of their pet on Petplan's website www.gopetplan.com/firesafety to receive a personalized pet rescue alert decal for free. Petplan offers the only window alert that can be customized to feature a loved pet's photo, name, and potential hiding spots to help expedite rescue. For every 100 custom pet rescue alert stickers created in October, a Wag'N O2 Fur Life Pet Oxygen Mask Kit will be donated by Petplan to a U.S. fire, police, EMS or K-9 rescue team in need.
"It's just as important to prepare for a possible emergency, such as a fire, as it is to respond to that emergency," explains Ines de Pablo, Chief Wag'N Officer and a credentialed pet first aid and safety expert. "Pet insurance and pet alert stickers are considered preparedness tools in pet emergency management. Pet oxygen masks are preparedness tools that first responders use to significantly improve their response to animals affected by dangerous smoke inhalation following a fire. Pet insurance closes the loop by aiding pet parent in the financial recovery of veterinary expenses."
Motivated by fire-related injury claims, Petplan launched their pet rescue window alert campaign in 2008 to help save more pets in emergencies. That same year Wag'N launched its O2 Fur Life Program which to date has provided more than 1,050 pet oxygen mask kits to fire, police, EMS and K-9 departments across the United States and Canada.
Pets often hide during fires. Knowing the pet's name or where they might be located can be helpful to first responders. It's important that pet owners display pet rescue alerts in a prominent place and keep the decals up to date for the safety of family pets and firefighters.
But locating a pet in a fire is only the first step. Saving the pet's life is another.
Unfortunately, most municipalities across the country don't allow their first responders (police, fire departments, EMS) to purchase equipment for non-human life support. Included in each Wag'N O2 Fur Life Oxygen Mask Kit are a set of three pet oxygen masks and corresponding oxygen tubes (22 mm), a CPR For Cats & Dogs magnet and laminated instructions to remind first responders of necessary resuscitation steps, a leash, two "Pet Oxygen Masks On Board" decals for display at the station and on emergency vehicles, an instructional DVD presentation and a PowerPoint presentation to train emergency personnel—all wrapped up in a handy Wag'N O2 Fur Life carry bag that can also be used to contain small animals.
"Pet oxygen masks are crucial at the scene of a fire to prevent the harmful effects of smoke inhalation," explains de Pablo. "The access to oxygen can mean the difference of life or death for a pet. These pet oxygen masks can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, hamsters, alpacas, wolves and many more species. Our goal is to make every community across the country aware of the preparedness solutions that will help save the lives of pets and serving law enforcement K9s."
About Wag'N Enterprises — Founded in 2007, Wag'N Enterprises offers pet parents and first responders the necessary gear, supplies and training to effectively mitigate, prepare and respond to emergencies that impact pet health and safety. Chief Wag'N Officer, Ines de Pablo holds a Masters Degree in Risk, Crisis & Emergency Management from the prestigious George Washington University in Washington D.C. and has over a decade of extensive field training experience under her belt. Wag'N defined the concepts of Pet Emergency Management, an all-encompassing and all-hazards approach to pet safety. For more information, visit www.wagn4u.com or call 703-787-WAGN.
About Petplan — Petplan is America's #1 pet insurance company, offering comprehensive accident and illness health insurance for dogs and cats. Petplan offers simple, customizable policies to meet any coverage requirements and budget and is the only pet health insurance provider to cover all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet without dollar limits per condition. For more information, visit http://www.gopetplan.com/ or call 1-866-467-3875.
Author:Wag'N Enterprises Press Release
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