Moved by story of 2 dogs dying in Parma house fire
(Parma) - In the wake of the deaths by smoke inhalation of two dogs trapped in an early morning house fire in Parma on February 7, PETA announced it's giving away door stickers that alert firefighters to the presence of companion animals in a home.
Sarah Preston, from PETA, tells WTAM 1100, "We're offering free stickers to the first 1,000 Cleveland-area residents who request one this month. They just need to shoot us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org."
The 4½"x6" bright-yellow stickers read, "In Case of Emergency, Please Save Our Animals." They picture a dog, a bird, a cat, and fish and include space to write in the number of each animal living in the home.
People living outside the area can purchase the stickers at PETA.org or make their own. PETA suggests laminating homemade stickers if they'll be exposed to weather.
"Many animals have died in house fires because firefighters were unaware that they were trapped inside," says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. "Simply alerting first responders to the presence of animals can mean that all family members survive a fire."
The stickers are particularly helpful to firefighters in the case of a family not being home at the time of the blaze, so there's no one to alert them to the presence of a pet, as in the case of the Parma fire.
PETA routinely receives accounts of firefighters who have bravely rescued cats, dogs, and other animals from homes in the midst of a blaze. Even if the animals are unconscious from inhaling smoke, specially made oxygen masks have been used successfully to revive them.
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