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Hugging Photo Saves Dogs from Being Euthanized, Gives Them New Chance

Written by: Clarisse Q
Clarisse's heart led her away from college and straight to animals. With eight rescued cats at home and a dedication to the stray dogs in her neighborhood, she lives her passion daily. Now a freelance SEO writer for a dog magazine, Clarisse masterfully weaves her love for animals into her writing. Her articles do more than inform—they inspire and connect with fellow animal enthusiasts, fostering a community of compassion. For Clarisse, each story she writes is a chance to change the world, one paw at a time. Expertise: Writing Viral Content Education: Central Mindanao University Location: Caraga, Philippines Title: Editorial ContributorRead more
| Published on May 15, 2024

The story of Kala and Keira shows how social media can be a powerful force for good when used effectively. These two lovely dogs got a second chance at life because of a touching photograph that captured hearts around the world. Facing imminent euthanasia in a shelter, a photo of Kala hugging Keira was posted online, highlighting their deep bond and desperate need for a home. The image quickly went viral, reaching thousands of people who were moved by their plight. Thanks to the widespread attention and outpouring of support, Kala and Keira were adopted together, proving the incredible impact of social media in creating happy endings for animals in need.

Image Source Credit via Facebook

In a race against time, a community of animal lovers rallied together quickly after seeing a heartbreaking photo of two shelter dogs, Kala and Keira. The dogs were about to be euthanized but managed to capture the world’s attention just in time.

In the photo, Kala, a brown hound mix, is seen hugging her friend Keira, a boxer mix. The desperation in their situation was clearly conveyed in their expressions and body language, particularly Kala’s, who seemed to be pleading for help. The picture was accompanied by a caption that read:

“I’m Kala. This is Keira. We’re so scared in here. 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. 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…”

Image Source Credit via Facebook

This compelling message and the poignant image spurred people to share their story widely. Thankfully, just over two hours after the photo was shared by the Atlanta-based charity Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Kala and Keira were safe and on their way to a foster home.

The next big challenge was finding someone who would adopt both dogs together. Although it was hard to find someone to take two dogs, the rescue organization knew it was important for Kala and Keira to stay together. Anne Clarke from the rescue center explained:

“Keira would do well being adopted alone, but Kala would definitely miss her, so we are trying to adopt them together.”

Their story eventually touched the hearts of two individuals from Georgia who decided to adopt both Kala and Keira. Now, the dogs are living happily, enjoying every moment with lots of love, play, and affection.

Kala and Keira’s story goes beyond their rescue; it shines a light on the ongoing challenges faced by homeless animals. Thanks to the support of donors and volunteers, rescue organizations continue to work tirelessly to save more animals like Kala and Keira. Their story is a powerful reminder of what we can achieve when we come together in support of a common cause.

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