Firefighter, Jhim Burwell, and his son, Michael, watch as Dr. Renee Ferguson introduces their dog, Jesse, to one of the new ventilator masks for pets being donated to the Township fire department.

Firefighter, Jhim Burwell, and his son, Michael, watch as Dr. Renee Ferguson introduces their dog, Jesse, to one of the new ventilator masks for pets being donated to the Township fire department.

Langley pets can breathe easier with donation of oxygen masks

Langley Township fire trucks are being equipped with lifesaving devices for animals, courtesy of Mountain View Vet Hospital

Thanks to the efforts of Mountain View Vet Hospital veterinarian Dr. Renee Ferguson, Township fire trucks are now equipped with oxygen masks for pets, ready to help animals rescued from a fire.

Ferguson presented the cone-shaped oxygen masks, in three different sizes to accommodate dogs, cats and other pets, to Township firefighters at the Murrayville firehall on Monday, as part of Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada.

Ferguson held a month-long pet nail clipping service by donation at her vet office, with the funds raised going to purchase pet oxygen masks.

The April fundraiser went so well, Ferguson is now in talks with other municipal fire departments to outfit them with oxygen kits as well.

Ferguson intended to raise $400, but collected $1,600. She is currently in talks to get approval in Langley City and Abbotsford.

Ferguson is training firefighters to use the oxygen masks on animals as well.

Keeping with theme of the emergency preparedness week, Mountain View is giving out free Pet Emergency Rescue stickers to be put up at the entrances of homes to let firefighters know how many and what kind of pets are inside.

Mountain View Veterinary Hospital is located at 132-19653 Willowbrook Dr.