Published: Aug 25, 2014 5:56 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- The Animal Welfare League has donated 36 animal oxygen masks to first responders in Charlotte County, Punta Gorda and Englewood.

That's enough to put one mask in every EMS vehicle in the county, so that in the event of a fire your pets can be rescued too.

"We've had several occurrences over the past 20 years that I've been involved with the fire service, and there have been several occasions where this would have potentially saved the life of an animal. I've had several that have died in a fire," said Punta Gorda Fire Department Chief Ray Briggs.

The masks cost $100 each.

The Animal Welfare League says they raised so much money for the cause, they used the leftover cash to buy food for animals in the shelter.