If the photo of them hugging each other had not been posted, the two beautiful souls would have been torn away from each other forever.
Dogs may be man's best friends, but for two dogs in a shelter, they were each others' best buddies.
Eleven-month-old hound mix, Kala, and 15-month old boxer mix, Keira, first met under unfortunate circumstances at Etowah County Humane Society, Alabama. Within a short while, they became inseparable. There came a point when their friendship might be cut short, as they were set to be put down, according to ABC News. In a last-ditch attempt, workers at the shelter decided to take an adorable photo of them embracing each other sweetly, hoping that someone would notice their situation and save their lives.
It was then that Angels Among Us Pet Rescue came upon the picture and learned that the canine buddies had reached their "deadline" and were to be euthanized the following day. Without a moment's hesitation, the organization shared the picture in July 2015 and urged the public to make donations to rescue these beautiful souls. Speaking to ABC, they said the donations would help the dogs receive microchips and veterinary care.
Almost immediately, the picture went viral and their story was shared through the dogs' eyes. The Facebook post read, "I'm Kala. This is Keira. We're so scared 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..." it continued. Within two hours and six minutes, someone came forward with the offer to foster Kala and Keira until they found a permanent loving home. Just a few months later, that dream was fulfilled.
Best friends Pam Cody and Wendy Newman came across the story and decided to bring them home. The two remembered seeing the cute photo of the canines hugging when the post initially came out. However, since they both had dogs of their own at the time, they knew they couldn't adopt any more. Unfortunately, their dogs had passed away in October 2015 within days of each other. "We lost our whole family in one week," Pam, 53 at the time, told People and Wendy added, "We were grieving our other dogs — it’s a major loss — but it’s kind of like Kala and Keira found us."
Just as the two human besties were graplpling with their grief and supporting each other, the two doggo besties came into their life. "It just fell together. We turned our tears into smiles with these two young, playful dogs," said Pam. They brought home the hound-mix and boxer-mix, creating the perfect happily-ever-after to four lives coming together to heal each other. "It was love at first sight," Wendy shared. "They play nonstop and they still hug." As for Pam, she understood that it wasn't the humans rescuing the dogs but rather the opposite. "I don’t know who needed who the most. I think we needed them."
Cover image source: Facebook | Angels Among Us Pet Rescue