A group of beagles slated to be euthanized after spending nearly their entire lives as laboratory test subjects are finally experiencing something they had for so long been denied - the tenderness of human love.
After so many years behind bars, seen merely as objects of study, many of the dogs were understandably timid in the loving hands of the people there to save them. But, as rescuers write, they were "all incredibly sweet" regardless.
Despite the unimaginable bleakness of their lives in the lab, the future is bright for these rescued beagles. They are now receiving veterinary care and will soon be adopted into homes as beloved pets - but that's still only a dream for a multitude of dogs like them still stuck in labs across the world.
"These sweet dogs are the lucky ones," writes the rescue group. "Korea uses 8,000 dogs a year in research and the vast majority will never get to know love and liberation."