Living in a shelter is not the perfect life for a dog. And when an adorable beagle gets there, you’d think he’ll surely find a family. But this little guy who was found abandoned on the streets in Ohio had a bit of a difficult time. He appeared to be healthy, but the vets at the shelter found that the pooch was positive with heartworm.
Gregory, the beagle, was put on the euthanasia list at Franklin County Shelter and Adoption Center, Ohio. But his lucky day came when Schenley Hutson Kirk saw his picture in the list…
20. A Happy Dog
This beagle is only two years old. Unfortunately, he was all alone on the streets. Arriving at the shelter, the staff saw that Gregory the beagle was very friendly and very lively. But there was one thing preventing him to get adopted.
19. The Treatment Was Costly
Gregory had heartworm, and the treatment would cost $400, so adopters were reluctant to get him. Listed as a ‘rescue only,’ the beagle was going to be euthanized on May 3 if nobody came to take him out the shelter.
18. A Sealed Fate
When everyone thought that Gregory’s fate was sealed, Kirk and her husband Joe saw his photo on the euthanasia list. She knew she had to save this boy’s life, so she sent Joe to the shelter…
17. The Hound Rescue and Sanctuary
Schenley Hutson Kirk and Joe are the founders of Hound Rescue and Sanctuary. They knew how awesome beagles and hounds are, so they immediately acted to save the pup’s life. However, Joe didn’t expect to get this reward …
16. Snapping a Few Selfies
Kirk said: ‘My husband took the day off work to drive to the shelter, while I stayed home to take care of the other rescue dogs.’ On the way back, with Gregory on the backseat, Joe thought of snapping a few selfies with the new rescue…
15. The BEST Freedom Ride Picture EVER
When Kirk saw the photos, she knew she had to share them on their rescue page. They immediately became viral. This is what she wrote: ‘The BEST Freedom Ride Picture EVER! [..] Gregory is one thankful and appreciative Beagle.’
14. We’re Going to Help
Kirk continued to explain the situation: ‘He is Heartworm Positive and will be going through treatment, but he knows he is in good hands! We will get him healthy and provide him all the love he so deserves and a wonderful future!!’
13. Making it All Worthwhile!
The amazingly cute photos concluded with Kirk’s enthusiasm to see Gregory in person: ‘This is what makes it all worthwhile! This is why we Rescue! ‘.Then she finally met the pooch!
12. Reaching For Snuggles
Sitting in the backseat, Gregory was wearing his seatbelt. However, it didn’t prevent him to reach Joe and shower him with cuddles and a goofy smile! This was indeed the best two-hour long ‘freedom ride.’
11. Melting Millions of Hearts
Kirk received the photos, and she couldn’t believe her eyes. She explains that ‘in the last one, little Gregory had leaned his head over as if to say, ‘You saved my life.’’ Just look at his puppy eyes!
10. The Love in His Eyes
She then continued saying that ‘just the look in his eyes — the thankfulness, the appreciation and the love of this little dog — it’s as if he knows his life has been saved.’ Gregory finally went to his forever home, and he’s the perfect beagle!
9. Recovering and Behaving
Once to his new home, Gregory was the sweetest pup ever, says Kirk. ‘He is an absolute doll. He’s loving, affectionate; he loves to give kisses. Very well-behaved in the home.’ This beagle was house trained and is now learning basic tricks.
8. Getting the Treatment
Gregory will have to take a month of antibiotics and then start the heartworm treatment. In the meantime, he is an adorable pooch: ‘He’s very laid-back, very happy-go-lucky, and his favorite thing to do is get lots of love from his people,’ said Kirk.
7. A Tough Life
There are many beagles in the rural and south parts of Ohio. Nobody knew Gregory’s past, but the rescuers believe it’s similar to the other hounds’ stories… This is what Kirk said.
6. Not All Hounds Are The Same
‘Sadly, hounds get the stereotype that they’re just a hunting dog and that’s it,’ said Kirk. She explains that many people think ‘they’re smelly, that they’re loud, and that’s just not the case.’
5. Finding Great Homes
Kirk and Joe’s sanctuary for hounds is the perfect place for a pooch like Gregory, who is eager to find a family that loves him. As you can see, he loves everyone with quite the fervor!
4. A Family Pet
All the dogs that don’t wish to hunt are perfect family pets. This is where Kirk and Joe step in and have been saving and finding families for pups like Gregory for years. Kirk explains how it all started…
3. Seeing Hunters and Their Hounds
‘From the time I was young, I’ve known quite a few people who hunted, and over the years I saw the type of life that the hounds live,’ said Kirk. And it wasn’t the best life a dog would wish…
2. A Small Space and Not Much Affection
Kirk explains that many hounds ‘live outside, tied to a tree with a doghouse. The only thing they have in their life is that small area.’ They only get to roam during hunting season, and they don’t get too much affection from the hunters.
1. A Better Life Has Just Begun
But now, Gregory is in great hands, and nothing else matters! He is on the road to recovery and, if Kirk allows it, he will also find a home of his own. Looking at Gregory’s sweet face, we doubt that Kirk or Joe would want to give him up for adoption too soon.