Yanny (left) and Laurel
Photo: Atlanta Humane Society Facebook
Photo: Atlanta Humane Society Facebook

Puppies named Yanny and Laurel quickly scooped up from Atlanta shelter

Viral sensations are often forgotten about after a few days — the Mannequin Challenge comes to mind — but there’s one that a couple new dog owners will remember forever. 

The Atlanta Humane Society jumped at a trend sweeping the Internet a couple weeks ago by naming one puppy Yanny, the other Laurel. People were hotly debating which one of those words can be heard in a short audio clip, similar to the great “What Color is this Dress” debate of 2015.

Yanny, a 2-month-old male Chinese Shar-Pei mix, was adopted on May 17 — one day after the shelter posted the new name announcement. Laurel, a 3-month-old beagle mix, was adopted over Memorial Day weekend. 

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This isn’t the first time the shelter has seized such an opportunity. The organization once named a puppy after the attention-capturing April the Giraffe.

The post of Yanny and Laurel, thought up by marketing manager Amanda Harris, garnered hundreds of likes in a couple hours. Harris said these kinds of tactics often lead to successful forever homes for the puppies, in addition to boosting awareness about AHS.

“We love engaging with our social followers and friends with content that is fun and relevant to what’s happening on social media,” Harris said. 

One person joked in the comments: “When you call one, the other will come.”

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