Many dogs end up in the shelter and some get euthanasia when they have serious medical problems that are too expensive to treat. Luckily there are also dogs that do not have to suffer this fate and have a rescuing angel.
Every dog and puppy needs a second chance, a new home and a loving new owner (biting toys optional). Gregory de Beagle was almost on his turn to get a syringe, but his story has a happy ending.
Saviour In Distress
The saving angel – Joe Kirk – arrived at the shelter just in time to save the beast from its fate. A grateful Gregory had a very special thank-you for his hero – the cutest cuddly toy you’ve probably seen in a long time. The pictures of Joe and Gregory soon went viral on the internet.
Joe saved the Beagle two days before he would get a shot. Joe and his wife Schenley Hutson-Kirk are the founders of Hound Rescue and Sanctuary, a non-profit organization near Findlay, Ohio in America. The organization helps neglected dogs find a new home, gives lifelong protection to “non-adoptive and old” dogs, and also helps stray dogs.
The mission is to save dogs from euthanasia by taking them away from high-risk shelters and so-called “murder shelters”. We have great respect for their mission. And so does Gregory, because he rewarded his rescuer Joe with a warm hug when he understood he was rescued:
Schenley wrote the good news in big letters on their Facebook page over a year ago: “Gregory is a grateful and sweet Beagle! He knows he’s SAFE! He has heart worms and will get treatment, but he knows he’s in good hands! We will make him better and give him all the love in the world. Of course he’ll have a bright future!”
Dogs rescued from shelters
Kirk and Schenley usually take care of about 25 to 30 dogs at the same time. The group consists of dogs that are available for adoption and dogs that stay with them throughout their lives. A life full of love awaits them.
The couple further stated that after successfully treating his heart worms, Gregory was finally adopted into his new home. He now has a loving family and enjoys an intensely happy life. Gregory’s family also has another Beagle. They have already become best friends!
“We’re often asked how many dogs we’ve already saved. The answer that always comes up is, “we saved another one”. Every dog counts and deserves love and respect. Every dog should also have access to health care, we think. There is no feeling better than saving a life,” the couple said.
The Beagle that was supposed to get a shot because of his heart worms is now healthy and intensely happy again, as this picture shows:
A happy Beagle
Schenley said that, according to her husband, Gregory only wanted to give hugs on the way back in the car. “He gives a lot of love, he’s a cuddly ass,” she confirmed that the Beagle was, no doubt, a very good animal. “He likes to stay with people. He loves to kiss.”
The Beagle was removed from Franklin County Dog Shelter on April 25, 2018, when he was only two years old. The shelter wanted to euthanize him because of his heart problems. Luckily, Joe and Schenley started treatment immediately after they rescued him.
Millions of pets are killed every year for similar reasons in the United States. There are several reasons for killing an animal. Infectious diseases or aggression are the most important. But the main reason is the most heartbreaking. Overpopulation means that shelters have to make choices. Who gets to live and who gets a shot? It is a very painful choice that the (often benevolent) asylum workers almost every day.
Luckily there are still heroes like Joe and Schenley, who make sure that every animal gets a second chance.