In a press release from Invisible Fence of Central Kansas, LLC, the Dodge City Fire Department will be receiving two family pet oxygen mask kits in the future.

"This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks," said Ed Hoyt, director of Invisible Fence Brand.

"These masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.

"When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down.

"Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes.

"We realize that humans are the first priority, but in many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment.

"Project Breathe program is simply a way of giving firefighters the tools necessary to save pets’ lives."

According to Hoyt, Invisible Fence Brand has donated a total of more than 12,400 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the US and Canada throughout the life of the program.

"We received word that we got that grant but haven’t received the equipment yet," DCFD Chief Robert Heinz said. "We could have used them on Monday."

Members of the DCFD had responded to a house fire on Post Avenue Monday morning where three family dogs did not survive the incident.

"Once we get them we will definitely be putting them to good use," Heinz said. "I know the Ford County Fire and EMS have one unit on one of their ambulances but that ambulance wasn’t used at the time on Monday."

Dodge City will join cities like Seattle, Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City that have received donated pet oxygen masks.