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Elaine Chenore; Man’s best friend Animal rescue and recovery emergency kits

Written by Neal F. Litherland. Posted in Featured, Pets

Published on October 09, 2013 with No Comments

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Chenore has distributed 29 of the resuscitation kits, taking them to fire rescue services in areas as diverse as Burns Harbor, Merrillville, Hammond, Valparaiso and Union Township.

Posting how many residents are in a house is considered a vital part of fire safety. It gives the fire department an idea of how many people could be in the home before they rush inside.

But in addition to knowing how many adults and children live at a residence, it’s also important to list the number of pets inside so they can be rescued as well.  And, having the tools available to assist pets struggling to breathe is crucial, too.

“I’ve been trying to get people more aware of animal issues,” said Elaine Chenore.  Chenore has been very active in the animal rescue and recovery scene for years.  Always interested in how people can help their animals, Chenore came across a unique product a little over a year ago:  an animal resuscitation kit.

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Pet Resuscitation Kid, Courtesy of Yuckos.com

Simple and easy to use, this kit allows emergency services personnel to fit a muzzle over a pet’s head in order to get oxygen to them. Essentially the same as resuscitation kits for humans, the key difference is in the mouthpiece.  Humans lack muzzles, so a device meant for a human won’t work on an animal. And because dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes, pet resuscitation kits come with three different sized masks to make sure that every pet can get the help it needs.

“I saw it in a small newspaper,” Chenore explained how she found out about the kits. Though she doesn’t use the Internet, Chenore eventually tracked down the company that sells them. That company, Yuckos, offers a variety of pet-centric services and products.

The Yuckos website suggests that people who want to take care of their pets have a kit on hand or give one as a gift to the local fire department in case of an emergency.  Chenore thought the latter sounded like a good idea and, for the past year, has been following that advice all across Northwest Indiana.

According to Chenore, she has distributed 29 of the resuscitation kits, taking them to fire rescue services in areas as diverse as Burns Harbor, Merrillville, Hammond, Valparaiso and Union Township. In Chenore’s own words “nine out of 10” people she talks to about the kits have never heard of them.  She has found that most departments are pleased to keep a kit in their response vehicles just in case the need arises.

“It’s common sense,” Chenore said when asked why she gave the kits to fire departments. Short of keeping the kits at one’s own home, the most useful place to have them is in the hands of the first responders who know how to use them.

And while not every station has access to one of these kits, Chenore said that she intends to keep up her efforts to both spread the word about them and to provide them to departments whose budgets might not allow for their purchase.

“Every department needs a K.I.T.T.,” Chenore said when asked to describe her mission in a nut shell. “Kit In The Truck.”

For more information, contact Chenore at 219-742-1384 or visit www.Yuckos.com

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Chenore has distributed 29 of the resuscitation kits, taking them to fire rescue services in areas as diverse as Burns Harbor, Merrillville, Hammond, Valparaiso and Union Township.

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Pet resuscitation masks, courtesy of Yuckos.com

“The pet resuscitation kit comes with a number of masks specifically designed to fit over a pet’s muzzle.”

“These kits are most effective when put in the hands of first responders such as fire fighters.”

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Neal Litherland is a Valparaiso resident who has been a freelance writer for several years. A graduate of Indiana University, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He offers advice on money-saving tips using common-sense tactics. He welcomes suggestions and comments. Contact Neal: neal@thechroniclenwi.com.

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