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“What’s better than puppies and metal?” asked Motley Zoo Animal Rescue Centre’s Facebook page last night. It’s a simple answer, really: “Nothing!”

It’s hard to argue with that logic, isn’t it? Spying that Slayer were in town over the weekend as part of their ‘Repentless’ world tour, the Washington animal charity engaged in an excellent bit of community outreach by organising the pairing together of the pioneering thrash metal quartet with a bunch of cute puppies. And yes, it’s as genius a photo op as it sounds: just look at frontman Kerry King’s face as he’s cradling this pooch, who, rather appropriately, has been christened with the name Slayer.

The dogs also got to meet and be fussed over by Slayer’s two support bands, Testament and Carcass, as well as Kim Thayil from Soundgarden, showing the truly universal appeal that cute animals can command. If anything, these shots go some way towards proving that no matter what background you’re from, you’re almost definitely going to jump at the opportunity to play with a load of puppies should you get the chance.

As you may be able to tell from the charity’s name, Motley Zoo is a volunteer-run, rock-themed organisation that aims to find new homes for cats and dogs in the Redmond, WA area. And so, before you feast your eyes on the adorable and excellent photos of Slayer’s newest fans below, let’s flag up how you can donate as little as $1 to the non-profit Motley organisation: you can do it through their official site here (click on the giant orange “Donate Now” button on the right side of the page), or via PayPal here.

Alright, unleash the cuteness:

And here’s the full Facebook post from Motley Zoo:

****This post has been viewed over 750,000 times, but has only generated $195 in donations!!! Come on rockers, we need…

Posted by Motley Zoo Animal Rescue on Monday, 21 March 2016

This isn’t the first time that Slayer have been involved in a bit of animal rescue: the band hit the headlines in 2014 when their assistant tour manager rescued a homeless kitten from the frozen streets of Indianapolis. Slayer – friend to metalheads, kittens, and now, puppies.

It’s not every day you hear a story like this… The Slayer band crew rescued a kitty off the streets of Indianapolis last night and she now has been adopted into a brand new home!

Posted by Old National Centre on Thursday, 4 December 2014