- Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Confessing she has difficulty remembering an individual’s name, Cathy Clapp is quite the opposite when it comes to pet names.

“I can remember a dog’s name with no problem,” said Clapp, president of Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club.

Each year, the organization dedicated to purebred dogs and the Central Kentucky area, selects a community project.

In past years, the club has helped support spay/neuter clinics and donated to no-kill shelters.

In October, club members were trying to decide what their 2016 service project would be. A member recalled seeing a news report regarding oxygen masks for pets used specifically by firefighters when rescuing animals suffering from smoke inhalation.

“There was one news report about animals being saved from an apartment fire because of the masks,” Clapp said. “There were others in a fire in a different city that were lost because they didn’t have the masks.”

The 40-member club agreed to purchase oxygen masks to help in the area.

With Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club meeting the fourth Wednesday, every other month, it took research and time to acquire the masks.

The sets of masks are being donated to the 14 fire departments in Hardin County and three in LaRue County. Each set comes with three different sizes of masks - one mask for a cat, one for a small dog and one for a large dog.

“We thought it needed to be done,” she said. “We try to do different things to benefit animals.”

Clapp said distribution of the mask sets, valued at $1,600, began this month.

Owner of five Chow Chows, the youngest just older than 7 months and the oldest an 8-year-old, Clapp said the club wants to make sure animals caught in a dangerous and often fatal situation, has the opportunity to be saved.

More information about the organization can be found on its Facebook page.

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Information from: The News-Enterprise, https://www.thenewsenterprise.com


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