In a perfect dog world there would be only shelters that are no-kill shelters. Basically that means that there would never be a case that a dog would go on the euthanasia list because they have no more room.
Good thing there are people like Schenley Hutson Kirk in the world to save at least this doggo. Kirk saw an image an image on Facebook on Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center’s page and he knew he had to do something.
What he saw was a little beagle that had been found and had most likely been abandoned out on the streets in Obetz, Ohio. The pup was in perfect health except there was one problem, he tested positive for heartworms.
“Gregory” (gotta love that name for a dog) was listed as “rescue only” because of the heartworms and it would cost the next owner $400 for the treatment. If nobody came to the rescue though, he would be placed on the euthanasia list.
Kirk along with her husband Joe are actually founders of a different shelter, Hound Rescue and Sanctuary. So it was a no-brainer for them to save his life. They didn’t even know at the time how special he would be though.
Kirk explained to The Dodo:
“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 home, he decided he was going to take a couple selfies of our new rescue, which I got after him a little bit for since he’s not supposed to take pictures while driving — but considering the photos he captured I couldn’t complain too much.”
Here’s the first one…
Gregory slowly got as close as possible to Joe during their car ride, even though they just had met. Gregory must have known just what saviors the Kirk family had become.
Here he is, getting a little bit closer…
Schenley Kirk went onto say:
“[Joe] sent me three photos, and in the last one, little Gregory had leaned his head over, as if to say, ‘You saved my life. I knew I was going to die at that shelter, but you saved me today,’ and 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.”
Okay get ready to die of cuteness in 3…2…1…
Now that he’s home with the Kirks, he’s “loving, affectionate, he loves to give kisses. Very well-behaved in the home.”
Currently he is responding well to his antibiotic treatment along with the heartworm medicine.
Kirk went onto say:
“Sadly, hounds get the stereotype that they’re just a hunting dog and that’s it. That they’re smelly, that they’re loud, and that’s just not the case.”
They hope that this story can help erase this stigma, and I think that photo can do the job easily.