During her short life, Aya has already earned many titles: excellent student, George's hero and caretaker and even translator for the U.S. ambassador to Turkey.
But for at least the foreseeable future, Aya will most likely not be able to add "American citizen" to that list.
Stanton, the photographer who told Aya's story, is hoping otherwise. He has urged his readers to sign a petition to President Obama to welcome Aya and her family - including George - to make a home for themselves in the U.S.
In the three days since Stanton posted Aya's story, the petition has garnered over 800,000 signatures. The White House has not yet responded to the petition.
As of now, Aya, George and the rest of her family remain in Turkey. As for their hopes of entering the U.S., that decision is out of their control.
Read Aya's complete 11-part story on the Humans of New York Facebook.