Photo of Shelter Dogs Hugging Each Other Helps Save Them From Death

One photo changed the lives of these dogs.
By: Deidre Grieves
Shelter Dogs Hugging

For Kala and Keira, time was running out. The two dog were scheduled to be euthanized at a shelter in Georgia after failing to find adoptive families. They only had hours left to live, and they were scared.

That’s when Angels Among Us Pet Rescue stepped in to help. The north Georgia pet rescue posted a photo of Kala and Keira hugging behind bars at the shelter. Underneath the photo, the group posted a plea for help.

It read: “I’m Kala. This is Keira. We’re so scared in here. The people working in the shelters see how scared we are but just told each other that today is our deadline. We have to have someone rescue us or we’ll be “next.” Keira is black and not a “real boxer,” just a mix. She’s so brave and tells me it will be okay no matter what happens. She tells me to be brave too but I don’t know if I can be. Can you see our faces. Keira knows what will happen. You can see it in her eyes. She’s putting on a brave face for sure but I can feel her heart beating fast while I’m clinging to her. If no one saves us, someone will take her away from me. I’ll see her as she goes down the hallway. She won’t come back and I’ll cry. They’ll come for me next and I won’t be as brave. We’ve comforted each other while we were here. She gave me hope when I had none. Now it’s over. Unless…”

The post hit a nerve within the animal rescue community, and volunteers sprang into action. Within two hours, both dogs were in a car on their way to a foster home. A volunteer traveled to the shelter and picked up Kala and Keira. He was greeted with kisses from both dogs.

Now the dogs have a second chance—another shot at finding a loving family, playing ball in the backyard, and giving slobbery kisses to caring human companions.

Kala and Keira will visit the vet to make sure they are in good health, and then Angels Among Us and their foster network will work to find permanent homes for both dogs.

We’re so thrilled that Angels Among Us acted quickly and shared the photo of these two dog friends. We wish Kala and Keira lifelong happiness and lots of love.

Images: Angels Among Us Pet Rescue