Metal Band Slayer Snuggles Rescue Puppies Backstage Before Show

Thrash metal dudes can be big softies, too (and these guys totally are).

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Slayer singer Tom Araya snuggles with a puppy named Slayer. Via Motley Zoo Animal Rescue/Facebook
Slayer singer Tom Araya snuggles with a puppy named Slayer. Via Motley Zoo Animal Rescue/Facebook

Slayer is one of the original thrash metal bands, the aggressive guitar gods who brought us songs like “Hell Awaits” and “Angel of Death.” But during a recent show in Seattle, Washington, the band members spent their time backstage snuggling puppies from a local rescue organization.

According to a Facebook post from the excellently named Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, the members of Slayer love nothing more than rescue dogs and they posed for pictures with several pups who are looking for new homes, including a little guy who shares a name with the band.

More Slayer-on-Slayer action, while Kerry King holds little Slayer the dog. Via Motley Zoo Animal Rescue/Facebook

More Slayer-on-Slayer action, while Kerry King holds little Slayer the dog. Via Motley Zoo Animal Rescue/Facebook

“We were fortunate to spend Saturday night with Slayer, [and support bands] Testament and Carcass who very much enjoyed hanging out and cuddling our puppies!” Motley Zoo wrote. “There’s nothing better than tough guys showing their soft sides.”

And they’re right. Slayer guitarist Gary Holt has a guitar that was painted with his own blood, but last Saturday night, he was just another guy cradling a tiny dog.

The not-at-all scary Gary Holt cradles a pup named Love Stuff. Via Motley Zoo Animal Rescue/Facebook

The not-at-all scary Gary Holt cradles a pup named Love Stuff. Via Motley Zoo Animal Rescue/Facebook

Slayer (the puppy) is available for adoption. You can email Montley Zoo for more information at email info@motleyzoo.org or visit MotleyZoo.com. The all volunteer-run non-profit organization also accepts donations.

This isn’t the first time Slayer has used a tour stop to help animals in need. In December 2014, founding member and guitarist Kerry King took the crew out for dinner in Indianapolis, Indiana, and on the way back to the bus, they encountered a homeless man who was trying to sell a kitten for a dollar. Nuvo reported that tour manager Jess Cortese took him up on the offer, slept with the kitten on the tour bus and then found a permanent home for the cat the next day.

Awww, Slayer. You might sing “Hate Worldwide,” but you don’t really mean it, do you?

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