An Aberdeenshire woman has promised to do even more to save family pets and farm animals across the north-east, after donating life-saving equipment to the fire service.
Lorraine Cumming and her charity Boxer Welfare Scotland handed over dozens of animal breathing kits to firefighters at the weekend.
The apparatus can be used on any animal, allowing crews to potentially save the lives of pets and other creatures affected by smoke.
Firefighters from the Inverurie station gratefully received the donation of nearly 70 oxygen kits at the North East Pet Expo at Thainstone.
It will assist them in aiding cats, dogs and even hamsters, as well as livestock caught in a blaze.
Mrs Cumming said: “This is something we will continue to do. We have already distributed more than 100 kits. We hope to have them across the whole of Scotland.”
Nearly 30 kits will be shared across fire stations in Buckie, Elgin, Forres, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Banchory, Stonehaven and Inverurie.
Another 40 will be rolled out to firefighters in the Western Isles and Orkney.
This batch of equipment, imported from the US, cost around £5,000.
Mrs Cumming added: “Sadly, sometimes pets don’t make it because the fire service’s oxygen kits don’t fit animals.
“For the sake of the cost of the kits we can save a member of a family.
“If you would like to donate to Boxer Welfare Scotland, please text “Sco” followed by the sum you wish to gift – for example “Sco 1″ for a £1 donation – to 70085.”
This year alone, the charity has also rehomed 82 boxers and covered more than £30,000 of vet bills.