The final Hurricane City Council meeting of 2013 marked a milestone for local pet welfare organization Because Animals Matter (BAM), and the City of Hurricane. BAM presented the donation of two sets of pet oxygen masks to city officials; one set of masks for each Hurricane fire station.
Because Animals Matter President September Smith made the presentation, commenting that BAM has been experiencing an almost exponential impact with the community’s growing pet population since the organization was founded in 2006. BAM saw the growth in pet ownership and wanted to respond in a way that could lend support to the City and its residents.
When BAM initially began researching the pet oxygen masks they looked to local veterinarian Allen Bice of The Desert Vet. He has a history as a volunteer with the Hurricane Fire Department and offered to train the Fire and EMS crews on the proper use of the masks.
Smith mentioned that the Fire Department is one group all residents appreciate yet never want to see. “We hope these masks never have to be used,” Smith said, “but we wanted them to be available if the need arose.”