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25,000 Pet Oxygen Masks Donated and Counting: Citrus County Fire Rescue is Newest Recipient

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

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Fire Chief Craig Stevens; Battalion Chief Bob Bessler; Driver Engineer Todd Godwin; Lieutenant Jon Ehnis; Firefighter Edward Paniccia; Pet Consultant for Invisible Fence of Florida Kevin Young; Animal Services Operations Supervisor Crystal Wallace; and General Manager for Invisible Fence of Florida Eric Wolfram and the amazing model Sasha (available for adoption at Citrus County Animal Services)

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Battalion Chief Bob Bessler; Firefighter Edward Paniccia; Animal Services Operations Supervisor Crystal Wallace and Sasha (available for adoption at Citrus County Animal Services) 

Invisible Fence of Florida donates 33 pet oxygen masks to fire departments in Citrus County on behalf of Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe™ Program

Invisible Fence is not only known for its pet containment system keeping pets happy and safe in their yards, but also safe from other hazards like house fires. Today there are more than three million safer, happier pets and countless lives improved, including hundreds of pet lives saved through the Project Breathe™ Program, the company’s pet oxygen mask donation effort. Since the Project Breathe™ program’s inception in 2006, over 25,000 masks have been donated to first responders and now the company is giving more. Invisible Fence of Florida grants the newest donation of life-saving devices to Citrus County Fire Rescue in Citrus County – one of many donations by this local authorized dealership.

Each year, it’s estimated more than 40,000 pets die in fires, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. The reality in most cases is that first responders lack the equipment to resuscitate and save these animals. Programs like Project Breathe™ are addressing this issue.

“The Project Breathe™ Program goal is simple,” said Ed Hoyt, Director of Invisible Fence. “We want to ensure that every fire department and rescue unit across the U.S. and Canada are equipped with life-saving pet oxygen masks.”

The devices will be used for rescues like the recent one in Citrus Springs, FL, where Citrus County Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a structure fire.  “Crews confirmed there were no occupants present; however, there were 10 cats in the home.  Crews were able to save 8 of the 10 cats; 5 of which required resuscitation by personnel using pet oxygen masks.   Red Cross arrived to assist the family.”

As a program that thrives by word of mouth, Invisible Fence© encourages people to contact your local fire department to find out if they have these pet-saving kits. Fire departments can request pet oxygen mask kit donations here. For additional information or questions, customers can call (800)578-3647 or visit

About Invisible Fence® Brand

Invisible Fence pioneered the pet containment industry in 1973, making it their mission to provide safe boundaries inside and outside of the home. The Radio Systems Corporation® owned company predominantly sells pet containment, avoidance and access solutions across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to offering award-winning products like Boundary Plus® Technology, Authorized Dealers provide professional installation, Perfect Start™ Plus Training and integrated solutions that have protected more than three million pets to date. Invisible Fence also founded the Project Breathe™ Program in 2006, donating more than 25,000 pet oxygen masks to fire departments and first responders. For more information on Invisible Fence or to find a local dealer, visit or follow the company on Facebook.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held for the Hernando Area Senior Program

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The public is invited to join the Board of Citrus County Commissioners for the Hernando Area Senior Program Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 10:00am at the Historic Hernando School 2435 North Florida Avenue, Hernando. No RSVP is needed to attend. 

The new Senior Program includes a daily nutritious meal, activities, nutrition education, crafts and socialization. The new space can accommodate up to sixty seniors for lunch and many more for programming. Increased activity in the building will help in the future with securing grants for completing restoration of the school.

The Historic Hernando School is a designated historic building, which was added to the U. S. Register of Historic Places on May 4, 2000. The Hernando Heritage Council mission is to restore and renovate the Historic Hernando School as a community/cultural arts center, nonprofit resource center, library, museum, public auditorium and meeting area for the betterment of the citizens of the town of Hernando, and all of Citrus County. The organization has taken the lead over the past few years to secure funding through donations and grants for restoration of the building.

For questions or more information on this event, please contact Public Information Officer, Cynthia Oswald at 352-527-5484.

BOCC Passes the Keys to Citrus County Veterans Coalition

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020


Veterans Coalition Vice-Chairman Mike O’Brien, Veterans Coalition Chairman Richard Floyd, BOCC Chairman Brian Coleman, Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith.

Community Services Director Mariselle Rodrigues, Veterans Services Officer Phil Watson, Parks and Recreation Director Francine Nobles representing Support Services Director Joanne Granger.

Victoria White representing U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster.

Veterans and Coalition members: Bob Bendle (Treasurer), Fred Daniels, Wallace Turner (2nd Vice-Chairman), Jerry Kelly (Sargent at Arms), Trish Hendry (Food Pantry Director), David Huntington (Editor), Amy Scheels (Auxiliary member), and Jim Behuniak.

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) officially passed the keys of the Inverness Community Center on N. Paul Drive, Inverness to the Citrus County Veterans Coalition on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The public joined BOCC Chairman Brian Coleman and Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith along with Veterans Coalition Chairman Richard Floyd and Vice-Chairman Mike O’Brien to recognize the transition of the property. Many of the attendees were veterans, including the two commissioners. Victoria White attended representing U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster.

Citrus County Support Services Director Joanne Granger and her staff worked for over six months with local organizations, the Historical Society, and leaders of the Veterans Coalition to make this unique transition of property happen. “This is a win – win situation,” said Joanne. “It provides the veterans with much needed additional space for their services and gave us the opportunity for a new space for our senior programs.” Support Services will be cutting the ribbon for the Hernando Area Senior Program located in the Historic Hernando School on Tuesday, March 3 at 10am. The public is invited to attend. 

The veterans will be using the Paul Drive property for storage of donations and a foodbank for veterans in Citrus County. “We feed over 110 veterans and family members each Tuesday and Thursday,” said Veterans Coalition Vice-President Mike O’Brien. “We will use this additional building for wheelchairs, scooters and other adaptive equipment that the community generously donates along with giving us space for additional freezers and refrigerators. The veterans’ organization owns additional property adjacent to the community center building.

Many of the attendees stayed for a tour of the multiple buildings and met with volunteers and veterans that utilize the services of the Veterans Coalition. Food Pantry Director Trish Hendry said, “We work with other organizations in the county, the Food Bank, the school district, and churches to help each other provide for the hungry.”


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