Campaign raises awareness, funds for pet rescue
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.
Jeremy Davis from Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company, left, watches Mark Driscoll demonstrate the oxygen mask designed for pets on his dog Chester.
Nicole Brown, left, and Mark Driscoll demonstrate applying oxygen to Chester.