Molly the Fire Safety Dog, mascot for the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation, recently donated two sets of pet oxygen masks to the Clarksville Fire Department.

The pet oxygen masks were donated by the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation on behalf of Catherine Loveridge from St. Peter, Minn., in memory of her two dogs, Sailor and Lad, who recently crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, it is estimated that more than 40,000 pets die in fires each year, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. In most cases, first responders lack the equipment to resuscitate and save these animals. The donation will give more pets in Clarksville a fighting chance and reduce the number of pet fatalities.

The specially designed animal coned-shaped masks fit the muzzles and snouts of dogs, cats and other household pets. The masks can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to the dangerous toxic fumes.

Clarksville Fire Department is the second fire department in Johnson County to carry pet oxygen masks on their apparatus. Johnson County RFD No. 1 has been carrying pet oxygen masks on their firetrucks since 2011. The masks were donated in memory of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, who passed away in 2010.

For information on the work of the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation, visit Molly the Fire Safety Dog’s Facebook page at mollythefiresafetydog and www.keepkidsfiresafe.org.