They may have four legs and a tail but they are as much a part of your family as those seated around your kitchen table for dinner every night.
They are family pets, and they also deserve consideration and care during times of an emergency.
DogE911 is an all-pet emergency training organization traveling around the U.S. and Canada raising awareness and educating the public of the need for certified quality 911 care for animals.
Last month DogE911 stopped in Berkeley County at the Pimlico Rural Fire Department to conduct a training seminar.
“Your family pet is a member of your family and often in the event of an emergency, first responders lack the adequate equipment and training to respond should there be a health issue or emergency involving your pet,” said Genete Bowen, founder and trainer of DogE911. “We provide hands-on training and seminars including the distribution of pet oxygen masks to the different fire departments and EMS groups in the United States and Canada.
“We have donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire departments in the U.S. and Canada,” Bowen said.
According to Bowen, DogE911 is an ‘All Pet Emergency Training’ and disaster preparedness course where the common layperson can be comfortable performing triage on any animal.
“The inspiration that spawned DogE 911 came as a result of hitting and killing a loose dog on the freeway in early 2007,” Bowen said. “This was a life-altering experience that developed into an extensive training curriculum on disaster planning and response, ﬁrst aid & holistic remedies, triage, and critical care techniques.”
DogE911 also offers holistic medical care, a Junior Vet program, and animal massage.
Members of the Pimlico Rural Fire Department saw the pet oxygen masks as a necessary addition to their emergency care arsenal.
“It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it,” said Thomas Havers.
PRFD Chief Butch Newcombe said today’s fire departments have become the catch-all call for all types of home and business emergencies, not just fires.
“We get calls for everything, so if we have these masks we’ll use them,” he said.
For more information about emergency pet care visit www.doge911.com.