Debra Joe Chiapuzio teaches CPR – canine pet resuscitation. The La Habra Heights native wants every fire station to learn how to do it and have the specialized equipment needed to save a pet’s life.
“I grew up with lots of animals – horses, cows, a donkey. I’ve always loved animals so I want to help them,” Chiapuzio explained.
So the Anaheim resident started the Emma Zen Foundation, named after her frisky black labrador. Together, they raise money to buy pet resuscitation kits for local firefighters.
“We’ve already outfitted every fire station in Orange County, now we’re reaching out to the Los Angeles County Fire Department,” Chiapuzio said.
The nonprofit foundation has donated pet oxygen masks to fire stations in Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar and Walnut. The special oxygen masks are specifically designed to fit the muzzles and snouts of dogs, cats and other household pets.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story MASKS.