Sometimes disaster looms and all hope seems to be lost. It is at those times that we realize who our friends really are.
Friends are always there to put an arm around you and tell you it will all be okay. They may know that the “okay” that is coming is not what you want. But, they know that in the end, everything will always “be okay.”
People who work in animals shelters that are forced to euthanize healthy animals because of space restrictions have to harden their hearts against the fear and hopelessness in the eyes of the animals that trust them.
Shelter workers get a bad rap sometimes, but it is truly one of the hardest jobs imaginable. Every day, to have to decide whose time is up, and who gets to live for just one more day, hoping for a chance at life.
For two little dogs in a Georgia shelter, life looked grim indeed. So, they did the only thing left to do. They reached out to a friend for a hug.
And the photo of that hug, streaming around the internet, saved their lives!
Animals understand far more than most humans give them credit for. Working in a shelter you see that day after day.
You go to a pen where the dog has always wagged their tail to greet you, and you find a cowering animal in a corner. They seem to know that their time is up and you are there to usher them to the next stage of life. And none of them want to go.
Kala, an 11-month-old hound mix, and Keira, a 15-month-old boxer mix were waiting in their pen for the staff member to come and get them to take them to the euthanasia room. They probably didn’t know the words, maybe didn’t even totally understand what was coming.
But, undoubtedly, they knew that something was different that day. And they reached out to each other for comfort in their last hours.
An adoption coordinator at the Etowah Valley Humane Society snapped the heartbreaking photo of the shelter dogs embracing each other from behind bars, as they were facing their imminent deaths. Kala, tenderly wrapping her paws around Keira’s neck, as if comforting her bestie, and appearing to be terrified of being put down.
In a last-ditch effort to save the pups from being euthanized, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in Atlanta, Georgia, posted the heart-wrenching photo of them hugging in a Facebook post, along with a plea for help.
The narrative, written from Kala’s perspective, read: “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.”
“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.”
Angels Among Us pleaded: “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. They will do fine as long as they’re alive. You can donate, share and pray.”
This is the sad situation that we see at shelters all over the South. Shelters are full to overflowing, no fosters are available, no responsible homes are willing to adopt and there simply is no place to put them all. So, there are no other options…many must be killed.
Rescuers work all across the southern states to get dogs pulled from high-kill shelters and ferried from point to point across the country. Volunteers agree to drive one, two, up to fifteen hours to get dogs to safety and the possibility of a rewarding life.
But, no matter the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, every day, healthy, sweet, loving dogs and cats die. Until people become educated about the problem, and what causes it (indiscriminate breeding and lack of screening of potential homes for the resulting puppies) it will continue to happen.
But, Kala and Keira got a break that day in that dismal pen in that Georgia shelter. Truly, there were angels among them, and the angels made the sun come out for these two special girls.
Their picture went almost immediately viral and won hearts on social media around the world. In just two hours after the post, the group posted some wonderful news that Kala and Keira had been rescued from the kill shelter.
Not only did the dogs find a temporary foster home, dozens of people had donated money for their care and many also stepped forward to offer them a new forever home.
“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,” Angels Among Us wrote.
For three months, the canines were fostered by a woman named Cris Folchitto, who agreed to take them in temporarily just so they wouldn’t be put down. Finally, Angels Among Us announced news of their adoption in another Facebook post.
Source: NTD TV