Grateful Shelter Dog Rescued From Euthanasia Hugs Rescuer On Way Home

Gregory the beagle couldn't help but sweetly show his gratitude after being rescued from a shelter where he was set to be euthanized. 


The 2-year-old beagle was found as a stray in Ohio and brought to a shelter on April 25th. Though they initially thought he was healthy, the beagle was scheduled to be put down after the shelter discovered he was heartworm positive. Just two days before he was scheduled to be euthanized, husband and wife Joe and Schenley Kirk came to his rescue.  According to Today, the couple, who co-founded Hound Rescue and Sanctuary, pulled Gregory off of the "rescue only" list on May 1st. 


Schenley frequently checks shelters in the area for animals that desperately need saving. When she spotted Gregory, she knew she had to step in and rescue him.


Schenley's husband Joe drove two hours to pick up the dog and during his first meeting with the beagle, he told Today that he felt like they had "known each other for years."


Joe told his wife that during the car ride home, "All Gregory wanted to do was to be touching me and cuddling up against me."


Gregory was so visibly grateful to be rescued and let his rescuer know it. For the first time in a long time, the sweet dog felt safe. And going forward, Gregory gets his second chance at a happy ever after. The Kirks have already gotten adoption offers for the sweet pup, who according to Schenley is "very loving, very affectionate" and "loves to give kisses." As soon as Gregory is cleared by a vet in a couple of months, he will have his first meeting with a prospective family.


"That is what we do what we do. That is what makes it all worthwhile, knowing that we are able to save the lives of these dogs in need. And their appreciation and the love they give back is amazing. There's nothing better," Schenley told Today.


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