Kala and Keira are best friends who were spending what was assumed to be their last Tuesday together when a pet rescue company called Angels Among Us captured a photo of the two dogs hugging.
Both of the shelter dogs were hours away from euthanization, but the picture that was posted to Facebook on Monday went viral across the internet. Two hours and 21 minutes after the picture’s uploading, the dogs were secured by a foster home.
While this story is heartwarming, the message that lies just below the surface is that more dogs like these need help too.
Here’s the original plea for help that was posted on Facebook:
“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…
Oh my gosh!!! We see a lot of things in rescue but this absolutely will reduce you to tears! Kala and Keira are in a shelter and are scheduled to be put to sleep. Today is their last day unless we can save them. This is as urgent as urgent can get. We really don’t have time to spare. We have no fosters available. Animals in need have overwhelmed us recently and we must have someone today apply to foster. These friends can be separated. They will do fine as long as they’re alive. You can donate, share and pray. But that alone won’t save them. Someone from Angels will be with you every step of your foster journey. You won’t be alone and you’ll have more joy and reward than you could ever imagine. If you’ve ever wanted to foster but just couldn’t quite decide, now is the time to say YES!!”