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‘Project Breathe’ to Protect Animals from Smoke Inhalation

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

When there's a fire, people aren't the only ones affected by smoke inhalation. Sometimes their pets are too.

The Vet Tech Club at Blue Ridge Community College, with the help of the Invisible Fence brand, is giving pet oxygen masks to 10 Augusta County fire departments. The effort is called Project Breathe.

The firefighters are getting a kit equipped with oxygen masks to help both dogs and cats.

“This extends the time that they can give the animal treatment and bring him to a veterinary practice,” said Jessie Griffin, president of the BRCC Vet Tech Club.

Steve Monaghan, vice president of the Invisible Fence brand, said, “I know the firefighters hate to lose a life and if they can just save any life in a fire, that means all the world to the homeowners.”

The vet tech program aims to extend Project Breathe to Rockingham County.

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