Gwen Cooper, author of Homer's Odyssey, with her cat, HomerAnyone who has ever cried over the death of a pet will see this as great news, especially if you live near Ashland, Oregon.

Firefighters in southern Oregon now not only risk life and limb for fellow townspeople, but also for their furred, feathered and slithering neighbors.

Armed with 12 animal oxygen masks, the 26 men and women of the Ashland Fire Department are capable of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on dogs, cats, hamsters, ferrets, birds, gerbils — even reptiles — who are in need.

(READ the story in the LA Times)

Photo: Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey, with her cat, Homer

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