Whether it’s coming to the aid of a cat stuck up a tree or herding cows on the run, firefighters are always willing to help an animal in need.
And new figures suggest they are helping stricken creatures more and more, while reports of dramatic rescues continue to come in from across the North-east.
According to new figures firefighters in the region attended 41 animal-related incidents last year compared with 28 in 2013.
Between January 1 and July 19 this year, there were 23 animal-related call outs.
On August 3, firefighters were called to the A944 between Westhill and Dunecht after a lorry fell into a ditch and 30 cows escaped onto the road.
The road was closed for several hours while 19 firefighters based in Banchory helped round up the cows, though three sadly died.
However, some incidents are more light hearted.
On June 29, a fire crew based at Aberdeen Central Station was called to Fraser Place following reports of a cat stuck up a tree.
They were able to bring it to safety and put it in the care of the PDSA animal welfare charity.
Between the start of 2013 and July 19 this year, firefighters based in Grampian attended 161 animal rescues.
Of those, 69 animals were trapped, 48 had to be rescued from a height, 13 had to be saved from water or mud and eight were rescued from below ground.
Eleven of the incidents were cases of animal cruelty and 10 were occasions when animals needed to be lifted.
In the last 18 months, seven rescues have taken place in the Peterhead area and six in the Fraserburgh area.
Five were in Elgin south, four in Aberdeen city centre, two in Torry and two in Banff.
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Statutory responsibility for animal rescue lies with the Scottish SPCA.However the SFRS will always attend where there is a risk that a member of the public might put themselves in danger by attempting to effect their own rescue.”
He added: “Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”