Around Town | November 23, 2012 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - November 23, 2012

Around Town

AIR FOR PAWS ... The next time Fido or Prissy have a respiratory emergency, the Palo Alto Fire Department can come to the rescue. City firefighters were trained the week of Nov. 5 on pet resuscitation and now have 10 breathing kits — enough for all engines and ambulances. The program, called Air For Paws, was started by Morgan Hill real-estate broker Terry Moriyama, who helped teach the classes, along with Gilroy veterinarian Dr. Michelle Griffin and Palo Alto Fire Apparatus Operator Marc Muzzi. More than 40,000 pets die from smoke asphyxiation in fires in the U.S. annually, according to the organization. Moriyama started Air For Paws in memory of her beloved dogs Sammi and Nikki. The nonprofit organization helps equip and train fire and rescue agencies on use of the apparatus. The masks are constructed to properly fit animals ranging from hamsters to large dogs. Air For Paws also seeks to educate pet owners to help respond to pet emergencies. More information can be found at

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