A good home with a loving family is something that everyone deserves. Yet, unfortunately, it’s not something that everyone gets.
For some time a dog named Gregory lived out on the streets. Later, he lived at a shelter, but it wasn’t a good home for him. Now, he’s an internet star.
Gregory the beagle was put on the euthanasia list at a shelter but then Schenley and Joe Kirk stepped in.
Gregory is a beagle that spent his early years out on Ohio’s streets as a stray. Eventually, he was picked up by an animal shelter. He was deemed healthy at first. Yet, when the shelter discovered Gregory had heartworm, they put him up for euthanasia.
Gregory was only 2 years old. He had so much life left to live! Yet the shelter set a May 3, 2018, deadline. If nobody adopted him by then, he would be killed. Fortunately, Schenley and Joe Kirk heard about Gregory and headed in on May 1 to rescue him.
The Kirks run an organization called HOUND Rescue & Sanctuary out of their home in Findlay, Ohio. They look after dogs like Gregory who have been put on kill lists as well as those who have been surrendered by their owners.
Usually, dogs rescued by HOUND get placed into crates to keep them safe during transport. Yet Joe felt Gregory was so excited to be out of the shelter that he didn’t want to cage him.
Gregory was tethered up in the back seat of Joe’s car so that he could interact with him on the way home. That was when something truly magical happened.
As Gregory was being driven home from the shelter, he rested his head on Joe’s shoulder. This made the perfect photo opportunity.
In that moment, Gregory couldn’t reach out too far, just far enough to rest his head on Joe’s shoulder, which is exactly what he did. Joe capitalized on this perfect photo opportunity and snapped a few pictures with his phone.
He sent the photos to Schenley, who uploaded them to Facebook. Yet she never expected that one of her photos would accrue over 9,000 reactions and 8,700 shares in just over a week!
“There are truly no words to express our sincere appreciation to everyone for their ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ of the post!” Schenley told iHeart Dogs. “We are genuinely grateful for the generosity and support we have received for Gregory from so many wonderful people!”
Less than a day after the photo was posted, the Kirks were already receiving inquiries about adopting Gregory. He hasn’t been adopted yet because he needs to receive heartworm treatment first, but potential adopters have already filled out an application.
Those same potential adopters are doing everything they can to speed the process along, paying a good chunk of the money for Gregory’s treatment. If they’re willing to do that, they’ll surely be a great loving family for him.
In the meantime, Gregory is enjoying his temporary stay with the Kirks.
“He has the most loving personality,” Schenley said. “He is always smiling and giving kisses! He is a wonderful little Beagle!”