'Precious Cargo' Derby Was Saved From Falconbridge Fire

Updated: Feb 27

Derby being treated at Veterinary Specialty Hospital for smoke inhalation

Derby was rescued on the night of August 6 from a fire at Falconbridge Animal Hospital. His mom called us 10 days after his ordeal to say “thank you, thank you, thank you” for donating pet oxygen kits to the Durham Fire Department.

The kit helped save her dog’s life.

“I feel very grateful and blessed," says Derby's mom, Tracy. "That they had these masks: Immediate oxygen made a huge difference.”

Tracy's four-year-old Greyhound was given oxygen at the scene and transferred by ambulance to Veterinary Specialty Hospital. He spent several days there receiving treatment and recovering, and is now back home.

Tracy says the first responders and the VSH emergency team were "phenomenal." Her regular vet clinic, Southpoint Animal Hospital, has also been amazing. A Southpoint team member even accompanied her to visit Derby in recovery at VSH.

Around midnight, Tracy got the phone call—her "worst nightmare coming true." Her fur baby, who was boarding, had been rescued from a fire and was being rushed to emergency treatment. Derby had smoke inhalation and an eye injury. He wasn’t coughing, but his oxygen level was quite low.

Tracy rushed to see Derby at VSH. He had had several baths, and he still smelled like smoke. It took several days of treatment for his oxygen level to stabilize. Tracy, who trained as a paramedic, is sure the pet oxygen kit helped "tremendously" to keep Derby alive. She says, "What you guys did...I’m just so grateful y’all stepped up."

Derby made it home to his dog bed and his dog mama, and he continues to recover.

When we started this fundraiser, our mission was simple: help first responders help animals. The Eno family stepped up and donated so generously to this cause.

No one ever wants to have to use pet oxygen kits—but we are so thankful these life-saving tools were at the ready. Firefighter Emily Hannigan detailed to WRAL news how critical the kits were to saving dogs at the scene.

This is Derby’s second amazing rescue. The Greyhound, who is technically a lurcher breed, was saved from an underground dog racing ring in the Midwest. Mom says he is the sweetest, most loving boy...and as soft as a bunny rabbit.

We thank Derby's amazing mama for sharing his story and these incredible photos of him. Recently Derby came by to meet the Eno team!

Tracy says Derby is still tired from his ordeal but recovering. Tracy says, thanks to the heroic first responders and the pet oxygen kit, “My precious cargo is home with me.”


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