Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Nevada Firefighters Rescue Dachshund AND Pay The Vet Bill

Need a feel-good story?  As if it's not enough that firefighters risk their lives every day protecting people and the community, but finding $680 in funds to pay for a Dachshund's veterinay bill?  Awesome. 
Meet 'Tango,' a red smooth Dachshund who was rescued from a burning apartment building last Thursday in Reno, Nevada, along with humans, a chihuahua, and a hamster.  Tango is seen here receiving oxygen after the tragedy, which caused over $60,000 in damages.
Tango was taken to Klaich Animal Hospital for further treatment, and is expected to fully recover.  The funds used for Tango's veterinary care were from The Reno Firefighters’ Community Assistance Program (CAP).  Excerpt from the Reno Gazette Journal:

“While funds raised by Reno firefighters for CAP are usually used to pay for basic needs for individuals or families impacted by fire and other emergencies throughout the year, this kind of financial support for a family experiencing the trauma of a fire can be just as critical, especially since pets are usually considered a part of the family,” CAP Chairman Dale Kiriaze said in a statement.

CAP originated many years ago to assist family members of injured firefighters being treated at distant regional burn centers with expenses not covered by insurance such as travel, car rental, motel and meal expenses. However, the organization has evolved to serve a broader purpose in addition to the original program concept. Funds to support CAP are raised through direct donations to the non-profit organization, through its annual 49ers vs. firefighters basketball game, through raffle items offered at firefighter retirement dinners, and other special events, as well as through the sale of the off-duty RFD logo items.

Read more and see another photo at the Reno Gazette Journal.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Firefighters Rock. They sure know our pets can't be replaced God Bless Them. Get better soon Tango.

Sandra said...

What a great story. I'm glad everyone is all right and Tango is on his way to recovery.

Tanya said...

Aw, this is great. Hope Tango bounces back quickly. That picture breaks my heart.

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