THOUSAND OAKS (CBS) — Two puppies, who suffered third-degree burns in a house fire in February, were released to a foster home Wednesday night.

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They had been brought to an emergency center in Thousand Oaks where they needed a guardian angel.

They found one in renowned burn specialist Doctor Richard Grossman, who stepped in to help.

Natalia and Phoenix have been through a lot, but eventually they will become service dogs, helping human burn victims.

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“They have IV catheters, IV fluids, IV antibiotics, sometimes continual IV pain medication, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy every eight hours, three times a day around the clock,” said Veterinarian Cheryl Braswel.

“They’re going to be service dogs. And you look at them and you say, ‘If they can survive, I can survive,’” Dr. Grossman said.

The puppies should be in their permanent homes next month.

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Within a year they will be making regular visits to the human patients at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital.