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Beagle rescued TWO DAYS before he was going to be euthanized snuggles his rescuer in heartwarming photo

  • Gregory, a two-year-old beagle, was scheduled to be euthanized on May 3 but was luckily rescued two days before by HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary
  • Gregory was placed on the euthanized list at FCDS because he has a heartworm
  • Joe Kirk and his wife, Schenley, saw Gregory on the list and decided to take him until they can find a new forever home with him 
  • A family in Columbus has already reached out to the Kirks aboout adopting Greogory 

A two-year-old beagle in Ohio has a new 'leash' on life after he was rescued just two days before he was supposed to be euthanized.  

The adorable pooch, named Gregory, was scheduled to be put down at the Franklin County Dog Shelter in Columbus on May 3 because he was heartworm positive. 

Luckily for the stray, the owners of HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary saw the dog on the euthanasia list at FCDS and decided to take Gregory in until they could find a forever home for him.

Joe Kirk, co-owner of the center, picked up Gregory two days before he was going to be put down.  

Gregory, the two-year-old beagle, 'thanked' his rescuer Joe Kirk for saving him from being euthanized 

Gregory, the two-year-old beagle, 'thanked' his rescuer Joe Kirk for saving him from being euthanized 

Gregory, a stray, was supposed to be euthanized on May 3 because he is heartworm positive but was luckily rescued by HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary in Ohio 

Gregory, a stray, was supposed to be euthanized on May 3 because he is heartworm positive but was luckily rescued by HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary in Ohio 

The rescue center celebrated the occasion by sharing a touching photo of Gregory snuggling up next to co-owner Joe on his 'Freedom Ride'.

The photo, which shows Gregory resting his head on Joe's shoulder as the dog looks up at him, has since gone viral and shared more than nine thousand times on Facebook.

'The BEST Freedom Ride Picture EVER! Pulled from the Euthanasia List at FCDS today by HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary, 'Gregory' is one thankful and appreciative Beagle! He KNOWS he is SAFE,' Schenley Hutson Kirk, Joe's wife' captioned the sweet picture.

'He knows he is in good hands! We will get him healthy and provide him all the love he so deserves and a wonderful future!!'   

Schenley said Gregory will be receiving heartworm treatments and a family in Columbus has already reached out about adopting him. 

She told Today.com that the canine will be able to meet his potential new family in about two months when a veterinarian clears him. 

'That is why 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,' Schenley said. 'And their appreciation and the love they give back is amazing. There's nothing better.'

Joe Kirk and his wife rescue animals on euthanized lists and give them a place to stay at their sanctuary until they can find forever homes for them 

Joe Kirk and his wife rescue animals on euthanized lists and give them a place to stay at their sanctuary until they can find forever homes for them 

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