A lucky little beagle named Gregory made a huge splash on social media and TV when his ‘freedom ride’ photo went viral.
Gregory, a 2-year-old beagle, was found wandering the streets of Columbus, OH. He was taken to the Franklin County Animal Shelter first and placed on the euthanasia list as he tested positive for heartworm. However, Hound Rescue and Sanctuary, who frequently check their local shelters for at-risk hound breeds, noticed his arrival and stepped in.
Joe Kirk, co-founder of Hound Rescue and Sanctuary, couldn’t bear to put joyful Gregory in a crate when he picked him up and snapped this adorable selfie in the car.
Gregory’s Freedom Ride
Initially, Joe’s wife and rescue cofounder Schenley was a little grumpy about Joe not following crate protocol. But with the amount of attention, donations, and potential adoptions flowing in thanks to the sweet photo op, she couldn’t stay mad for long.
“He is very loving, very affectionate. He loves to be next to you. He loves to give kisses.” Schenley told the Today show.
Currently, Gregory is safe in foster care as he undergoes heartworm treatment.
When the plucky little beagle is ready for adoption, he will be listed on the Hound website and their Facebook page. Keep your eyes peeled!
Hat Tip: Today.com