Back in April of this year, Robb Smylie was inspired to provide emergency service departments such as rescue and fire with life saving mask kits for pets. In the event of an emergency these kits assist in providing life giving oxygen.
In April, Smylie donated O2 Fur Life® kits from WAG’N Pet Safety Gear to the Princeton Fire Department, Princeton Extrication Society and to Princeton Ground Search and Rescue.
Since then, with the assistance of generous people who love their animals and their community, Smylie has acquired and is able to present kits to the volunteer fire departments of: Hedley, Keremeos, Eastgate, Erris, Hayes Creek, Tumbler Ridge and to the Princeton Exhibition Association (PXA). Smylie had wanted to give a kit to the Tulameen Volunteer Fire Department, but was happy to find out that they already own one.
Smylie would like to recognize the following people for their, “Generosity and selfless contribution to this humble project.”
Anne and Bill Vowles, (The Hut Bottle Depot) donated for two kits; Teresa Vandale of Tumbler Ridge donated for two kits; Dawn Kastor (Princeton Loonie Bin & Bakery) donated for one kit; Norma Tremblay, Annie Ewing and Karen Angstadt, Darryl Holloway and Bob Dolman combined to donate for one kit.
Smylie also extends, “A heartfelt thank you to all of those who leave me a bag of cans or bottles once in a while—you know who you are.” These folks provided enough with their donations, to purchase one more kit.
Smylie also carries a kit (which he purchased with his own funds) while he travels with his “baby,” Racer. He says, “I pray that my kit or any of the others will never have to be used, but…”
With that “but,” the community can be assured that the opportunity for pet survival in the event of an emergency has been made greater thanks to the efforts of all those who donated and especially to Robb Smylie for achieving his life giving goal.