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Animal response team looking for sponsors

Published December 23. 2010 05:00PM

The Carbon County Animal Response Team is looking for sponsors for its campaign, which will provide pet oxygen masks to area emergency organizations.

During the group's monthly meeting recently, members talked about the project, which they began organizing earlier this year, and said that there are still quite a few sponsors needed to make the campaign a success. The group's hope is to supply fire companies and area ambulances in the county with at least one pet oxygen resuscitation kit, which can be used during emergency situations where animals are suffering from smoke inhalation or other issues as a result of a disaster.

The reusable pet resuscitation kits come in three sizes small, medium and large and fit over the animal's snout. It is then connected to an oxygen tank and provides the animal with fresh oxygen.

The Carbon CART team is still looking for individuals, families, and other organizations or businesses to donate the money to pay for one set of masks, which cost around $70. They can also memorialize the mask and designate where the kit will go.

Carleen Ladden, CART secretary, said that if any organization would like a presentation about the campaign, or if they are interested in sponsoring a mask, they can contact her at

In other matters, next two CART meetings and agenda items have been announced. Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, and Feb. 23, at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning. All members are asked to attend both meetings because a discussion of leadership roles will take place in January; and a vote for the leadership team will take place in February.

New volunteers are always welcome to attend and learn about the CART team.

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