Cam­paign raises aware­ness, funds for pet res­cue

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Queen Anne’s County res­i­dent and vol­un­teer with Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany in Cen­tre­ville, Mark Driscoll has taken on the cam­paign of rais­ing money and aware­ness to sup­port emer­gency ser­vices for pets in the county.

“As a res­i­dent of Queen Anne’s County, a vol­un­teer Fire­fighter/ EMT, a pet lover, and a pet owner my­self, I find it un­set­tling that we do not have ac­cess to cer­ti­fied train­ing or equip­ment avail­able to the en­tire county that could help save our beloved pets dur­ing an emer­gency,” said Driscoll.

Driscoll said, hav­ing re­cently been made aware of the fact that Amer­i­can Red Cross has dis­con­tin­ued their Pet First Aid/ CPR cour­ses, his pri­mary goal is to be able to sup­ply ev­ery depart­ment in the county with two pet oxy­gen mask kits that can be used dur­ing an emer­gency.

Driscoll has also set a sec­ondary goal of be­ing able to pro­vide cer­ti­fied train­ing to all first re­spon­ders in Queen Anne’s County, as well as all res­i­dents, free of charge. He is him­self en­rolled in an in­struc­tor course, so he may be­come qual­i­fied after the first of the year to teach the train­ing course.

In or­der to ac­com­plish both of these goals, Driscoll said they need to raise $ 3,300.

The cam­paign is be­ing led in­de­pen­dent of any one fire sta­tion, said Driscoll, but he has re­ceived sup­port in the form of do­na­tions from fire depart­ment mem­bers, in­clud­ing Crump­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment.

Dr. Janet Van Horn of Con­ve­nient Care Mo­bile Vet­eri­nary Ser­vice and Dr. Mar­i­anne Bailey — along with her staff — at Queen­stown Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal have been great sup­port­ers of the cam­paign, said Driscoll.

Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs has also of­fered their sup­port for any ser­vices that they may be able to pro­vide, he added.

The equip­ment be­ing pur­chased is out­lined in de­tail at https://www.go-fundme.com/QACpetoxy-gen­masks. Driscoll’s goal is that each vol­un­teer fire sta­tion that does not al- ready have this equip­ment will re­ceive one Wag­n4U kit and one SrugiVet kit.

Plans call for pur­chas­ing a CPR dog manikin, as well as dis­pos­able CPR masks/ lungs ( one set per stu­dent) that will be re­quired for train­ing, said Driscoll. If a sta­tion does al­ready have any kits in ser vice, he said he is of­fer­ing to ver­ify that they have been in­spected and no re­place­ment parts are needed, and pro­vide any re­place­ment parts if nec­es­sary.

To learn more or find out how to donate to the Pet Res­cue Sys­tems fund visit the Face­book page at https://www.face­book.com/QACpetoxy­gen-masksortheGoFundMe-Cam­paig­nathttps://www.gofundme.com/QACpe-toxy­gen­masks.

To view the train­ing course that will be made avail­able to res­i­dents of Queen Anne’s County and in­ter­ested first re­spon­ders go to www. pet­tech. net/ pet­saver. php.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Jeremy Davis from Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, left, watches Mark Driscoll demon­strate the oxy­gen mask de­signed for pets on his dog Ch­ester.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Ni­cole Brown, left, and Mark Driscoll demon­strate ap­ply­ing oxy­gen to Ch­ester.

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