Ashley was living with a family in an abandoned house, where there was no electricity or heat. As bad at that was, at least she had people around her.But during a bad snowstorm hit in January 2017, they up and left her, presumably to find a warmer shelter, according to The Dodo.
Source: Erica Mahnken
Erica Mahnken, cofounder of No More Pain Rescue, received a call one day to tell her about Ashley, and how she had been living alone in the house. She toldThe Dodo:
As soon as we got the phone call, we ran and got her.
She drove over with her fiance,Michael Favor, who went in the house to try and find the dog.
It was freezing. No food, no water for her. The house was a disaster. The windows were broken, and there was feces all over the place.
Source: Erica Mahnken
When Favor brought her out, they immediately noticed the cigarette burns on top of her head and her protruding ribs.But the other thing that caught there attention was just how friendly and happy she was.
She came running down, super happy. She jumped straight into my car.
Their rescue doesn't have a physical shelter, so the next step was figuring out where to put Ashley.
They contacted some friends at theNew York City Fire Department (FDNY), and decided it would be the perfect place for such a lovable dog to wait for her forever home.
As soon as she walked into the firehouse, her tail was wagging, and she was licking and greeting everybody. She was super happy. From where she came from, you wouldn't really expect that. You would think that she'd be a little skittish, but she wasn't at all.
Well her forever home came quicker than they thought. After just a couple days at the fire station, they called to letMahnken know that they wanted to keep her.
They said, 'We're going to adopt her. We just love her so much. She is at home here. So I was thrilled. And as soon as I walked her in there, I knew that that's where she belonged.
Ashley is living any dog's dream life, getting lots of walks every day and all the attention she could ever want.
She's constantly on the go – she goes on smaller runs with them, she goes on the fire truck with them. 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.
You can even follow Ashley's new adventures on her Instagram page, here, where she's got over 23,000 followers.Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home.If you live in England, you can visit the RSPCA, and if you live in the United States, you can visit the ASPCA to get more information about pets available for adoption.
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