But sometimes firefighters go even further, going above-and-beyond the line of duty to make sure these animals land on their feet and have a safe place to stay.
That was the case recently, after one kindhearted firefighter gave a puppy a foster home after he was saved from a fire.
According to CBS Sacramento, firefighters from the Sacramento Fire Department discovered the small puppy after responding to a debris fire.
The puppy was alive but had some burns from the fire.
“He had a lot more plastic, burned plastic, on top of his fur area on top of his back [and on] top of his head,” firefighter Mike Thawley told CBS. “He has a little down below burned on the hind leg.”
But not only did the fire department get the dog out of the fire, they made sure he had a good home to recover in.
The department’s captain called Thawley, to see if he would be willing to take the dog in as a foster. The firefighter, who has experience fostering rescued dogs, agreed.
Thawley is now taking good care of the pup in his home while Front Street Animal Shelter looks to find him a forever home.
Safe in a good home, the puppy is now recovering and starting to open up to his foster family.
“He perked up pretty good when we gave him water, a bath, some food,” Thawley told CBS Sacramento. “[We] started picking off some of the plastic and then yesterday [his] personality started coming out: Tail wagging, following us around, chewing.”
Five years ago, the firefighter took in a pit bull named Chunk, who had been left chained up to a fence and was suffering from mange. He ended up adopting Chunk as his full-time pet.
It remains to be seen where this fire-rescued puppy will end up, but safe to say he’s in good hands until he finds his forever home.
According to a Facebook post from the Sacramento Fire Department, the puppy is unnamed, and they are asking the public’s help in finding a fitting name for the dog. Commenters have suggested names like “Lucky,” “Scrappy” and “Sparky.”
We’re so glad this puppy is safe and has a loving foster home! Thank you to this firefighter for going above-and-beyond to help this pup!
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