“‘It was bitterly cold outside.’ “We just ran and got her and said we’d figure out what we were going to do after we got her out of there,” one of the rescuers, Erica Mahnken, told CBC News. “Everyone is so quick to judge a dog, especially one that you don’t know where it came from, what kind of person they are, or what kind of dog they are… It’s extremely satisfying.”
From the moment they saw Ashley, the New York City Fire Department station known as Fort Pitt grew fond of her. In a short time, the lovely dog had become a valued member of the crew, and she was given her own seat in the firetruck. Ashley is active on social media, with an Instagram account where you can keep up with her firefighting exploits.
Ashley was rescued by No More Pain, a non-profit organization based in New Jersey dedicated to rescuing and relocating who are living in dangerous situations. The company, which is run by a four-person non-profit organization, has limited resources and relies heavily on donations.
“We knew the moment we walked her through those doors that she was meant to be there,” Mahnken said. “Every single Fort Pitt firefighter fell in love with her right away, and she fell in love with them even more.”
She was only supposed to be there for a few days, but the brigade decided to adopt her and put her in the truck!
“I couldn’t have chosen a better home for our sweet girl, and I can’t express my gratitude to the FDNY enough for allowing Ash to join New York’s Bravest,” Mahnken said. “Her tail is wagging whenever she’s there, she’s super friendly, and she jumps on everyone.”
In the video below, learn more about Ash’s touching story!