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Lafayette Fire Department and SpayNation Partner to Save Pet Lives

Fido Bags fundraiser to supply life-saving emergency equipment for family pets.

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 4:18 PM

The Lafayette Fire Department and SpayNation for Dogs and Cats are teaming up to raise money for emergency kits that could help save the lives of family pets in a fire.

“The mission of our fire department is to save life and property, pets included”, states Alton Trahan, Lafayette Fire Department. “Readily access to the specialized equipment in the FIDO Bags would be a tremendous asset to providing aid to a pet with smoke inhalation.”

Funds raised through SpayNation’s SOLA Giving Day will pay for FIDO Bags that include various-sized oxygen masks specially designed for animals, burn sheets, bandages, rinsing saline, protective restraints and other supplies.

SpayNation Executive Director Paula Stude initiated the campaign. “My wish for every firehouse to have FIDO Bags is partly personal. Years ago, my family experienced a devastating house fire. Our cat, Vita, did not survive. The image of the firefighter carrying her lifeless body with such grace and compassion will always be seared in my heart.”

SpayNation will split donations between FIDO Bags and spaying and neutering vouchers for pet owners who need financial assistance. SOLA Giving Day runs through May 6. Donations are accepted at https://www.solagivingday.org/spaynation.

For more information, contact Lafayette Fire Department Public Information Officer Alton Trahan at 337-291-5505 or atrahan@lafayettela.gov and SpayNation Executive Director Paula Stude at 337-266-6085 or wildcatfoundationla@yahoo.com.

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