A heroic service dog saved the day by dialing
911 and pulling her blind owner to safety after the home they shared in the Holmesburg
section of Philadelphia caught fire on Thursday morning.
Yolanda, a golden retriever, called 911 on a specialized phone and alerted authorities
about the blaze and firefighters responded. They were able to rescue Yolanda’s owner – a
woman in her sixties – and she was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
After her owner was safe, Yolanda was rewarded with food, toys, treats and supplies, according
to the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team’s Facebook page.
The group, which provides help to pets displaced by fires and other residential disasters,
said Yolanda has been a hero before. Red Paw wrote: ‘The crazy part, this is not
the first time she’s call 911 for her owner! ‘Last year Yolanda’s owner fell in the house
and was unconscious, she called 911 then too! ‘Yolanda is a superhero!’
As it turns out, this is actually the third time (at least) that Yolanda has come to the
rescue. In 2013, Yolanda began growling when she heard
two men talking downstairs while her owner was asleep, NBC 10 reported.
She closed the bedroom door and chased the burglars out of the home, but not before they
turned on the gas on the stove. When Yolanda’s owner realized what was happening,
she called police. They were already on the way because Yolanda
had contacted them via her special phone.