Oregon Firefighter Rescues Burned Pup and Wants Him To Be a Therapy Dog

The South Coast Humane Society out of Oregon shared a wonderful story about a little puppy that was rescued from a house fire after a house burned to the ground. This brave little puppy has got a pretty wonderful future to look forward to, thanks to a firefighter who adopted him.

There are some very graphic images included in the post. Even though this puppy is doing fine now thanks to the wonderful people at The Humane Society some of these photos are very hard to look at.

The little dog suffered a lot of burns all over his body and the shelter shared that It was lots of intensive care, multiple cold baths, applying medicated, salve, wound management and skin removal, and lots of love!

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The Facebook post explains, "The fire marshal knew that there was someone out there that would love this puppy, and that he would bring true meaning to what happened to him. She got a hold of her friend in Coos Bay who has a fire fighter and they fell in love. “Smoky “went home this weekend. He will be trained to go out and be an advocate, for the “stop, drop, and roll” presentations in the school districts."

What a wonderful happy ending and how awesome he has a future as a therapy dog teaching kids about fire safety.

Fire Safety Tips For Pets

No one ever wants to think about something horrible like a house fire happening to their family, but the reality is every 24 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the United States. That's about 358,300 home-based fires every year.

One of the most important things you can do to keep your pets safe if an accident like this should occur is to have them microchipped. If a disaster happens and your pets escape if they are microchipped they have a much better chance of being returned to your family. Also it helps to make sure your pets wear collars with up-to-date identification tags, including your contact information.

Just like with your human family, regularly practice fire drills with your pets so they become familiar with what will happen if a fire should occur. Use treats and positive reinforcement to make it a positive experience.

Keep a small carrier if you have a cat and a separate leash for your dog along with a go-bag filled with pets supplies, vet records, and any medications your pet takes in a secure area. This bag is only to be used in case of emergencies.

Display pet alert stickers on windows or doors to alert firefighters to the presence of pets inside your home. These stickers should indicate the number and type of pets in your household. You can find these either on Amazon or through the ASPCA where you can order a pack for free.

If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities, to make a donation or see other adoptable animals, you can visit the website for the South Coast Humane Society here.

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