First responders with the Twinsburg Fire Department continue to be some of the best equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life because of a working relationship with Invisible Fence of Northeast Ohio.

The company has donated two more pet oxygen mask kits to the department to compliment its existing stock. Although the department had already been a recipient of the masks years ago, it was before the fire department’s second station was completed.

With the additional masks, Twinsburg now has the kits in both response districts. The department has used the masks in the past, which yielded a positive outcome for distressed four-legged friends.

The donation is a small part of Invisible Fence’s Project Breathe program, established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks.

The masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires, and they often save pets’ lives.

Invisible Fence Brand has donated more than 12,400 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada. A reported 150-plus pets have been saved by the donated masks.

"When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down," said Ed Hoyt, director of Invisible Fence. "Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes.

"We realize that humans are the first priority, but in many cases pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment. Project Breathe is simply a way of giving firefighters the tools necessary to save pets’ lives."

"Thank God they had the masks. The dogs are just like family. I don’t know what I’d do without them. Things can be replaced, lives can’t, whether they’re animals or people," said a pet owner whose dogs recently were rescued using donated masks.

The company has set up a website — www.invisiblefence.com/O2 — where local fire personnel can make a request for their departments.