Local pet welfare organization donates pet oxygen masks

Hurricane Fire/EMS representative Nick Wright and Because Animals Matter President September Smith, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 20, 2013 | Photo by Beth Lock, St. George News
Hurricane Fire/EMS representative Nick Wright and Because Animals Matter President September Smith, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 20, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Beth Lock, St. George News

HURRICANE – Thanks to local pet welfare organization, Because Animals Matter, Hurricane City’s two fire stations are now outfitted with pet oxygen masks.

The final Hurricane City Council meeting of 2013 marked a milestone for Because Animals Matter and the City of Hurricane as BAM presented the donation of two sets of pet oxygen masks to city officials – one set of masks for each Hurricane fire station.

BAM has been experiencing an almost exponential impact with the community’s growing pet population since the organization was founded in 2006, September Smith, BAM president, said. BAM saw the growth on pet ownership and wanted to respond in a way that could lend support to the city and its residents, she said.

“The fire department is one group all residents appreciate, yet never want to see,” Smith said. “We hope these masks never have to be used, but we wanted them to be available if the need arose.”

About Because Animals Matter

BAM is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing animal abuse and neglect through education. All BAM’s programs and services are supported through the generosity of contributors and dedicated volunteers. BAM operates as a network of foster homes to assist animals in need of finding their forever homes, and as a network of volunteers to support community programs focused on building strong humane relationships between people and their pets.


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  • JamesB December 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Great Idea.

  • bUB December 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Because of these goofy “pet welfare organizations” the city refuses to come out and round up all these feral cats in my neighborhood.

    • JamesB December 24, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      buB. Own a pellet gun?

    • Nonbeliever December 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      “BUB” all you have to do is call any local animal welfare group and ask them for the phone number(s) for TNR groups. If you don’t have a phone book, information can connect you to the county shelter. They have these phone numbers.
      Phone calls,imagine that!
      These groups will work with you or perhaps someone else more humane to trap, vaccinate and fix these abandoned animals. The cats that are adoptable can be removed and put up for adoption. The remaining ferals will live relatively short lives and will not create more unwanted cats. All the while keeping new cats from moving into that area.
      Please keep in mind that your neighbors caused this problem of roaming and feral cats. So people must participate to humanely solve the problem.
      TNR does work. But if everyone just sits around and bitches it will not get any better.
      FYI readers and commenters like “JamesB” and other assorted a**hats:
      It is illegal to shoot or harm these animals.

      • JamesB December 25, 2013 at 9:13 am

        I’m just teasing Nonbeliever. I would never shoot a stray cat when there are alternatives available . But it is fun to see how quick a comment about a pellet gun can get someone’s dander up.

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