LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Two Kentucky dogs with similar stories of overcoming abuse got the chance to meet face to face for the first time Monday.

Ethan, from the Kentucky Humane Society in Louisville, and Huck, with the Lexington Humane Society, met for the first time in Lexington Monday.

Both dogs were badly abused in the past, and it was unclear if they’d survive. Both proved to be survivors and are thriving today with a significant and growing fan base across the state.

Many people purchased tickets to see the dogs meet and interact with each other, as well as take pictures with the dogs and purchase merchandise from the Lexington Humane Society.

Staff said it’s great to see so much support for the dogs as they settle into their second chance.

“There’s people that have followed Ethan’s story all along and they’ve traveled from all over just to see him and then they learn more about Huck so we have people that can support KHS and LHS at the same time,” said Meghan Hawkins from the Lexington Humane Society.

Hawkins said she hopes the two can find time to meet up again in the future.