'Hugging dogs' escape euthanasia as photo goes viral

Two lovely dogs named Kala and Keira escaped euthanasia after a photo showing them hugging each other behind bars at a shelter went viral online.


The Angels Among Us Pet Rescue organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, shared the image from Malena Evans and posted a plea for help.


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!!

Two hours and six minutes later, the organization announced that Kala and Keira were already brought to a veterinarian and have been spared from being killed.

Based on the new photo, the 'hugging dogs' look happy in their new home.


THEY ARE SAFE!!! There are no words to tell you how happy we are that these two best friends are safe and together! Thank you for your shares, donations and offers! Just look at these two!!! This is why we rescue.

It is so important that we encourage others to spay and neuter and understand that pets are a lifetime commitment. It is so easy to say, why won't the shelter do something but they are the ones reaching out to us begging for help. In a perfect world they would be empty as every animal should be loved and in a home. We appreciate the shelter getting this picture to us and allowing us to share it with our followers! We can do amazing things when we all work together!