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25,000 Pet Oxygen Masks Donated and Counting: Citrus County Fire Rescue is Newest Recipient

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

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Fire Chief Craig Stevens; Battalion Chief Bob Bessler; Driver Engineer Todd Godwin; Lieutenant Jon Ehnis; Firefighter Edward Paniccia; Pet Consultant for Invisible Fence of Florida Kevin Young; Animal Services Operations Supervisor Crystal Wallace; and General Manager for Invisible Fence of Florida Eric Wolfram and the amazing model Sasha (available for adoption at Citrus County Animal Services)

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Battalion Chief Bob Bessler; Firefighter Edward Paniccia; Animal Services Operations Supervisor Crystal Wallace and Sasha (available for adoption at Citrus County Animal Services) 

Invisible Fence of Florida donates 33 pet oxygen masks to fire departments in Citrus County on behalf of Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe™ Program

Invisible Fence is not only known for its pet containment system keeping pets happy and safe in their yards, but also safe from other hazards like house fires. Today there are more than three million safer, happier pets and countless lives improved, including hundreds of pet lives saved through the Project Breathe™ Program, the company’s pet oxygen mask donation effort. Since the Project Breathe™ program’s inception in 2006, over 25,000 masks have been donated to first responders and now the company is giving more. Invisible Fence of Florida grants the newest donation of life-saving devices to Citrus County Fire Rescue in Citrus County – one of many donations by this local authorized dealership.

Each year, it’s estimated more than 40,000 pets die in fires, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. The reality in most cases is that first responders lack the equipment to resuscitate and save these animals. Programs like Project Breathe™ are addressing this issue.

“The Project Breathe™ Program goal is simple,” said Ed Hoyt, Director of Invisible Fence. “We want to ensure that every fire department and rescue unit across the U.S. and Canada are equipped with life-saving pet oxygen masks.”

The devices will be used for rescues like the recent one in Citrus Springs, FL, where Citrus County Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a structure fire.  “Crews confirmed there were no occupants present; however, there were 10 cats in the home.  Crews were able to save 8 of the 10 cats; 5 of which required resuscitation by personnel using pet oxygen masks.   Red Cross arrived to assist the family.”

As a program that thrives by word of mouth, Invisible Fence© encourages people to contact your local fire department to find out if they have these pet-saving kits. Fire departments can request pet oxygen mask kit donations here. For additional information or questions, customers can call (800)578-3647 or visit

About Invisible Fence® Brand

Invisible Fence pioneered the pet containment industry in 1973, making it their mission to provide safe boundaries inside and outside of the home. The Radio Systems Corporation® owned company predominantly sells pet containment, avoidance and access solutions across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to offering award-winning products like Boundary Plus® Technology, Authorized Dealers provide professional installation, Perfect Start™ Plus Training and integrated solutions that have protected more than three million pets to date. Invisible Fence also founded the Project Breathe™ Program in 2006, donating more than 25,000 pet oxygen masks to fire departments and first responders. For more information on Invisible Fence or to find a local dealer, visit or follow the company on Facebook.


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