A family from South Haven, Michigan, faced several tragedies within a few short hours. They experienced a major house fire and almost lost their dog, Chloe, to the flames.
Luckily, the large dog was revived by an improvised oxygen mask. After Chloe was saved by firefighters, she decided to return the favor and become a hero herself.
In the video below, Christine Marr recalls taking Chloe back to their burned down home for the first time since the house fire.
When the family arrives to check on the rubble, the unthinkable happens.
Chloe lures the family over to a small dark hole that leads to a space underneath the floor and begins sniffing around.
Christine explains, “In the dining room, there’s a little, small space, and she kept getting her head down in there,” adding, “I shined the flashlight down there, and I hear a cat meowing.”
At first, she thinks it’s a stray that had gotten underneath the floor of her home. Then, she realizes the cat inside the dark space is her missing cat, Ringer, who had been missing for two months after the house fire.
Christine is overjoyed to find Ringer. Although he’s skinny and malnourished, today he is slowly gaining his health back with his family.
Check out the Marr family’s pets in the video below, and please SHARE if you think Chloe is a real hero for finding her feline friend!
The following tips are provided by the National Volunteer Fire Council:
- Extinguish Open Flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
- Pet Proof the Home – Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as the stove knobs, loose wires, and other potential hazards.
- Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.
- Keep Pets Near Entrances – When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
- Practice Escape Routes with Pets – Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.
- Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window.Thiscritical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets.
- Keep Your Information Updated – Firefighters are familiar with pet alert window clings so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the house aids rescuers in finding all of your pets and provides important information so that firefighters do not put themselves or others in danger when rescuing pets.
- Consider Using Monitored Smoke Detection Services – As an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms, smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center help save pets who can’t escape when left home alone.