VIRAL: Hugging Dogs Saved from Euthanasia by Viral Photo

‘Hugs can save lives’.

Kala and Keira, two adorable dogs, who were photographed hugging each other in a cage at a Georgia rural shelter, are the living proof of this.

Their ‘hugging photos‘, taken by Malena Evans, an adoption coordinator at Etowah Valley Humane Society, went viral after it was uploaded on July 20 on Facebook by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, an Atlanta-area nonprofit that works to save dogs and cats from being put to sleep, just 12 hours away from being euthanized.

PLEASE NOTE: THESE PUPS ARE SAFE AND IN ANGELS' CARE BUT ARE IN A FOSTER HOME. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ADOPTED. TO ADOPT KALA…Posted by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue on Monday, July 20, 2015

Part of the original heartbreaking post says:

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…

After 2 hours and 6 minutes and garnering thousands of likes, shares and comments, Kala, an eight-month old hound mix and Keira, a one-year-old- boxer mix, get another chance to live when someone volunteered to foster them.

Exactly 2 hours and 6 minutes.That’s how long it took this amazing community of animals lovers to come together to save the lives of two canine friends. We just received word from our Angels volunteer that Kala and Keira are safely in the car and on their way to a vet -All thanks to you. From the time we posted on Facebook until the time the dogs were out of the shelter and safely in the car…2 hours and 6 minutes. That’s how you take action!! We don’t even have a picture yet as our volunteer is driving. Stay tuned for the freedom ride!! You are AMAZING people and we are grateful beyond words for your support.

THEY ARE SAFE!!! There are no words to tell you how happy we are that these two best friends are safe and together! …

Posted by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue on Monday, July 20, 2015

The two dogs were able to get their visit to a vet and received treatments for ticks and fleas after the organization raised roughly $3,400 in donations after the photo appeared on Facebook. They are now being fostered, but have not yet found a permanent home.

Kala & Keira the hugging pups that went viral are happily rescued, in a foster home looking for an adopter – www.AngelsRescue.org.

Posted by Anne Clarke on Tuesday, July 21, 2015