Updated: 06/11/2014 10:50 PM
Created: 06/11/2014 8:09 PM WDIO.com
After a generous donation Wednesday, our furry friends will now be safer in Duluth and Hermantown.
The Invisible Fence Brand donated 11 pet resuscitation kits to the Duluth and Hermantown Fire Departments. The pet-friendly masks are fitted for a snout instead of a human face.
"This will allow us to treat the animals much more efficiently and effectively," Duluth Training Chief Mike Consie said. "It's quite often we go to fires and other types of rescues where animals are in distress."
Consie said every district within the department will have one to use. That's good news for animal lovers in the Northland.
"The fact that our community is going to offer this service is just fabulous," Animal Allies Adoption Program Manager Betsy Bode said.
Veterinarians are also excited about the donation.
"I think it's a really good opportunity for the Northland because we did have a pet pass away a few years ago from smoke inhalation from a house fire," Veterinary Technician Dawn Walker said.
Walker works at the North Shore Veterinary Clinic and she's happy to have more help in the field.
"Having the fire department understand how to take care of the pets is very important," Walker said.
The fire departments are now checking with local vets to get more training on the kits. One kit costs about $55.
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