Fur-Ever Friends is working to raise $10,000 to provide two pet oxygen masks to every fire truck in Forsyth County, Winston-Salem and Kernersville.
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A nonprofit Triad is working to ensure every fire department has the capability to save a pet’s life.
“You know, God and your dog love you unconditionally,” Kathy Tilley Hammons said.
It’s a kind of unconditional love that runs deep in the House of Hammons. The couple has no children so their pets are their children.
The first rescue they ever adopted was a dog named Lacy.
“Within about two weeks, she felt the love in our home and she knew she would never be hurt again,” Hammons said.
Hammons said they rescued Lacy from an abusive home, but couldn’t save her from a fire that destroyed their home in 2007.
“My house is made up of material things and it was replaced, but it could never be replaced because it was a small living thing,” Hammons said.
The firefighters on site had a human oxygen mask, but it was too big for Lacy’s small face. Her story inspired Fur-Ever Friends to raise funds to ensure every fire truck in Forsyth County has a pet oxygen mask.
A year after the Hammons’ house burned down, they did.
“The overtime and the use of masks, they’ve kind of degraded and they need to be replaced and that’s what we’re doing right now,” said Jennifer Tierney, founding member of Fur-Ever Friends.
Now, nearly 15 years later, they’re trying to raise $10,000 to ensure every fire truck has two pet oxygen masks.
“It’s stressful and heartbreaking and it’s difficult, even though everyone, including the animals, comes out safe, but what if you lose one of those animals, it just add more trauma to what is already an extremely traumatic event,” Tierney said.
“If it saves an animal, it’s worth how many thousands it costs,” Hammons said.
Because Fur-Ever Friends is a non-profit organization, they need community support to raise funds to purchase all of the masks.
Here’s how you can donate: