"I don’t know who needed who the most," said the pair that adopted the two furry best friends. "I think we needed them."
Two hours and six minutes was enough time for pet lovers to rally together and rescue two adorable puppies, at the knick of time before being euthanized at a kill-shelter in Georgia. On the day that was meant to be their last before, Kala and Keira were found hugging each other, almost as if they knew their "deadline" was fast approaching.
Kala, an 11-month old hound mix, and Keira, a 15-month old boxer mix, have been besties for since the time they met. They developed a great bond and were fond of being spending time together, despite being confined to a shelter. No one came forward to adopt these playful pups despite efforts taken by staff at the shelter, which lead them to consider putting them down. The hard decision was made and a date was fixed.
On the day scheduled to be their last day, just a few hours bedore the time, the two best friends were found hugging each other. They just knew that their end was near. A staff captured the heartbreaking moment. They then decided to use it as one last attempt to find loving homes for the two pups.
Originally taken at the Etowah Valley Humane Society and later shared by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, the picture of touched the hearts of many online as they saw the pet rescue's 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," said the original plea, as quoted by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in a Facebook post.
"We have to have someone rescue us or we'll be 'next.' Keira is... 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... We've comforted each other while we were here. She gave me hope when I had none. Now it's over. Unless..."
The plea didn't go unheard. After Etowah Valley Humane Society asked for donations to help them save the dogs from euthanasia and have them microchipped, they saw an outpour of support for Kala and Keira in July, 2015. "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," wrote Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in their social media post. "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!!"
Both the pups, who had bonded so well together when they were being fostered, were eventually adopted by longtime bestfriends and roommates, Wendy Newman and Pam Cody. Before giving Kala and Keira a loving home, Wendy and Pam had lost two of their own dogs, and Pam told People, "We lost our whole family in one week."
"We were grieving our other dogs—it’s a major loss—but it’s kind of like Kala and Keira found us," added Wendy.
When they saw that Kala and Keira were looking for a home, "it was love at first sight," Wendy said.
"It just fell together," Pam said, according to the pet rescue, as quoted by ABC News. "We turned our tears into smiles with these two young, playful dogs."
Within no time, Kala and Keira were part of the family, and Wendy told People, "They play nonstop. And they still hug!"
Wendy and Pam may have been the ones who opened their door and hearts to the two dogs, but they feel like they were the ones who ended up being "rescued."
"I don’t know who needed who the most," Pam added. "I think we needed them."
Source: Angels Among Us Pet Rescue/Facebook