Sad dog stories can turn into feel-good stories, and this tale of two rescue dogs falls into the welcome category. As the above photo caption reveals, two dogs were on the kill list at a Georgia shelter. The volunteers at these establishments can only take care of homeless dogs for so long before a realistic adoption possibility ends.
These two pups, Kala and Keira, made it to their official “deadline” when shelter employee Malena Evans snapped this photo of the dogs clinging together on what would be their final day. Then a very smart employee crafted a Facebook plea from one of the dogs:
“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…
Between the gut-wrenching photo and this effective paragraph, it only took two hours for Facebook to make magic happen. A man soon stepped up and adopted both Kaia and Keira, which saved them from imminent euthanization. You can read about these two lucky dogs’ freedom ride here. Nice work, Facebook!