Who said only dalmatians get to crash at fire stations?
Meet Ashley, a pit bull who was abandoned by her owners in 2016. Erica Mahnken, co-founder of No More Pain Rescue, and her fiancé Michael Favor, told The Dodo the dog had been living with a couple in an abandoned house. But after a snowstorm, the couple took off, leaving a badly malnourished Ashley behind.
“I guess they went to find somewhere warm to stay, and they had left the dog behind,” Mahnken told The Dodo. “So as soon as we got the phone call, we ran and got her.”
No More Pain Rescue doesn’t have a physical shelter, so Mahnken and Favor called some friends in the New York City Fire Department’s Fort Pitt station and asked if the firefighters would hold onto Ashley until they found her a proper home.
But the rescue didn’t need to find Ashley a new home, because the fire fighters fell in love with her. They called Mahnken a few days later and asked if they could keep Ashley.
“They said, ‘We’re going to adopt her. We just love her so much. She is at home here,'” Mahnken told The Dodo. “So I was thrilled. And as soon as I walked her in there, I knew that that’s where she belonged.”
Needless to say, Ashley is one lucky pit bull. She spends her days at the firehouse now, going on walks and even getting to ride around in the fire truck.
“She’s constantly on the go — she goes on smaller runs with them, she goes on the fire truck with them,” Mahnken told the Dodo. “They walk her about 30 times a day. They bring her on the roof to play. She’s constantly in the kitchen watching them eat. She has endless supplies of treats. She has the life over there.”
Check out Ashley’s Instagram account for more photos of her lush life at the fire station.
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