Late during the last month, firefighters at the Steinbach Fire Department were bracing with a cold weather of central Canada when they got a surprise visit from someone who seemed dead-serious about trying to get back inside. It is not hard to see why!

Steinbach Fire Department

Peering stubbornly through the window as a freezing stray cat.

Fortunately enough, the kitten chose a right place to ask help from. The firefighters, aware that it is their duty to help, were more than welcoming toward the cat. She was of course welcomed inside to find comfort after a harsh exposure to the bad weather outside. But they did so much more than just shelter the cat!

Given the cat’s friendly behavior from having just come back from the cold, the firefighters first thought that the cat was someone’s lost pet. So naturally, they put her photos up on social media, in the case that anyone recognizes her and comes forward to claim her.

Steinbach Fire Department

After some time passed and no one showed up, the firefighters took it upon themselves to help the cat. They even named her Ember. They even took her on a trip to the vet who confirmed that despite the frostbite ears, the cat was generally in good health. She was later vaccinated and spayed as well.

Steinbach Fire Department

After that, she got the much needed warm bath as the firefighters claimed she didn’t smell all to pleasant when she peeked in, requiring help.

Steinbach Fire Department

Even though some might think that the cat is the perfect mascot to the fire department and she might be sheltered there for a long time, the fire department claims that Ember deserves a better home. The reason as to why has to do with the fact that the department is not a station that is continuously staffed and the station can go days when no one shows up. Ember needs much more love and attention that the fire department can give her.

Steinbach Fire Department

Obviously, they will not boot Ember outside and will continue to shelter her for a while. They even reached out on social media to any potential adopter out there who likes cats.

Steinbach Fire Department

Though their job description no way pertains to taking care of helpless animals, the firefighters at Steinbach did much more than what is required of them. They helped Ember keep warm not just for the night but for several nights in a row. They made sure she was taken to the vet and vaccinated, and are even trying to look up a new home for her now! Let’s hope Ember will find a family soon enough.