If you’re been following this blog for a while, you may have picked up on an interesting fact: I’m not a big fan of animal related stories. However, I decided to go with this one today.
Duncan McGee, a 12-year-old Boy Scout who attends Endeavour Middle School in New Haven, has questioned his father David McGee, a firefighter and EMT at the New Haven Fire Department, for the longest time about how the department rescues dogs.
“I told him that it’s not usually in the budget to buy things like that because, again, we have limited resources and we spend them on human lives and not pet lives,” David McGee said. “He thought it would be a good idea if he could find a way to help rescue pets.”
So of course, Duncan decided to do something about that. After starting a campaign on GoFundMe, he spread the word.
He put flyers up at places in town, including the fire department and pet grooming salon, and shared the link to the page on Facebook.
The page received 88 shares and raised $500 from 21 donors in two months.
The donations allowed him to purchase five animal oxygen kits from the Wag’N O2 Fur Life Program, an educational and public safety company located in Virginia that provides pet oxygen masks to first responders across the country.
That’s great. Duncan himself has a dog and would hope someone would be able to help her if something happened. So his drive came from a personal place.