More than 40,000 pets nationally die each year due to house fires, according to Marie Skladd, Director of Community Outreach for the Michigan Humane Society.
To help reduce those losses, and in honor of October Fire Safety Month, the Humane Society donated four O2 Fur Life pet oxygen masks to the Rochester Hills Fire Department.
"This is a big benefit to the department," Fire Chief Ron Crowell said. "We do appreciate this."
Mayor Bryan Barnett said the masks were an important tool in making the Rochester Hills Fire Department full-service.
"Pets are an important part of our community," Barnett said. "We appreciate this contribution."
Also on hand, one furry dignitary
On any given day there are 200 animals at the Rochester Hills Human Society facility, according to Skladd, and they are all looking for homes.
One of those animals, a nine-week old mixed pup named Stewy, came along to help donate the oxygen masks. He was a big hit with the firefighters and the Mayor.
"Thanks for the donation," Barnett said to Cal Morgan, President and CEO of the Michigan Humane Society. "And by that I mean the dog."
But at the end of the day Stewy did return to the Humane Society. He is available for adoption. For more information on Stewy call 313-872-3400.