Kala and Keira were hours away from being put down but a shelter staff was not ready to give up on them just yet.
All it took was a single photograph to save the lives of two adorable puppies. Eleven-month-old hound mix, Kala, and 15-month old boxer mix, Keira, were seen sweetly hugging each other in the viral heartwrenching photo which was taken just hours before their euthanization. The two met each under troubling circumstances but forged an unbreakable bond in a shelter. Soon, they became inseparable as they were each other's hearts and souls. Unfortunately, time was not their friend as it was running out quickly, and their hopes of living together were slowly diminishing.
According to ABC News, the two were living at the Etowah County Humane Society and were scheduled to be put down soon. Staff at the shelter decided to click a picture of the two in hopes of finding someone who could save their lives and take care of them. Soon, it caught the attention of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, who learned that the two frightened buddies had tragically reached their "deadline" and that they would be euthanized the following day. Immediately, the rescue organization shared the picture of the two dogs in July 2015 and pleaded with the public for donations to save them from being killed. In a statement, they told ABC News that they were seeking donations to get the dogs microchipped and to provide them the required veterinary care.
Almost instantly, the picture garnered thousands of likes and the post, which had a plea from a dogs' perspective, 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."
It continued, "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 only took 2 hours and 6 minutes for someone to respond and foster the dog temporarily until they found a forever home. A few months later, Kala and Keira's dream came true when best friends and roommates Pam Cody and Wendy Newman learned about the pups' story and the fact that they were looking for a home.
Newman and Cody recalled seeing the adorable picture of Kala and Keira hugging back when it was first posted in the summer of 2015. But at that time, they had two dogs of their own and were not in the position of adopting anymore. Tragically, they lost both their pawsome friends within days in October. "We lost our whole family in one week," Cody, who was 53 at the time, told PEOPLE. "We were grieving our other dogs — it’s a major loss — but it’s kind of like Kala and Keira found us," added Newman. "It just fell together. We turned our tears into smiles with these two young, playful dogs," said Cody. The family of four is now happily living together. "It was love at first sight," shared Newman, while adding that, "they play nonstop and they still hug." For Cody, they did not rescue the dog but it is the other way around. "I don’t know who needed who the most. I think we needed them."