Unfortunately, high-kill shelters are full of abandoned dogs, dogs no one seems to want to adopt. If they’re old, ill, too aggressive, or too costly to be treated for their medical problems, they may end up being euthanized.
This is really sad considering how lovely and beautiful dogs are. They’re part of our families worldwide and animal lovers hate seeing them harmed.
But, the good news is that there are still people trying to make a difference. One such person is Joe Kirk.
He recently saved a dog named Gregory from a high-kill shelter. Otherwise, he would’ve been euthanized. This was a really kind and lovely gesture and Gregory seems to know it too.
2-Year-Old Gregory, a Beagle Adopted by Loving Couple & Promised a Happy Life
Joe and his wife Schenley are co-founders of a non-profit near Findlay, Ohio named Hound Rescue and Sanctuary.
They help dogs that are deemed unadoptable to find forever homes and save them from being euthanized. Gregory is one of their rescues and he’s really appreciative and thankful; they say he somehow knows he’s now safe.
Gregory is heartworm-positive and will receive treatment, but he’s aware that he’s in good hands. Schenley wrote on her Facebook that they’ll help him get healthy and provide him with all the love that he deserves and promised him a bright future.
The couple says they usually house and care for 25 to 30 dogs at a period. Some of these dogs are available for adoption. They also have sanctuary dogs that will live out their lives in their care.
When they saved Gregory, he instantly adjusted and is enjoying his days. They also have another beagle and he and Gregory immediately bonded.
The couple says people often ask them how many dogs they’ve saved and the only thing they say is that it’s certainly more than one.
One more dog is safe and will have love and respect, one more dog will get the needed food and vet care, one more dog will have a loving home. The couple claims there’s no better feeling than knowing this.
Why Was Gregory Scheduled for Euthanasia?
Gregory has heartworm disease and was scheduled for euthanasia. This disease is caused by foot-long worms in the lungs, blood vessels, and heart.
The dog experiences symptoms like weight loss, reduced appetite, tiredness, low exercise, a mild, but persistent cough, a swollen belly, and heart failure. Sadly, 2.7 million out of 7.6 million pets in US shelters get euthanized for different reasons on a yearly basis.
Some of the most common reasons are aggression, contagious illness, and overpopulation. This is why people need to know the importance of adopting, rather than buying dogs.
Adopt a dog and save a life today.