Kala and Keira, were scheduled to be euthanized this past Monday. Their deadline for adoption was almost up, and the Georgia kill shelter, Angels Among Us Pet rescue, they were housed in simply didn’t have the space to keep them.
But a photo taken of the two at the last minute, and uploaded onto social media, saved this pair from an early demise.
The image depicts Keira embracing Nala, and is heartrending enough without the caption that accompanies it, written in Kala’s imagined voice:
"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... "
Whether or not the pooches knew what end was coming for them, the denizens of the internet could not ignore the poignant truth. The post was liked and shared hundreds of thousands of times.
Just two hours and six minutes after the photo was posted, Kala and Keira had been adopted. The Internet breathed a collective sigh of relief.
But for how long? The reality is this: 7.6 million animals enter shelters each year. 2.7 million are adopted, but almost as many end up euthanized.
It’s not for a lack of love or kindness on the animal shelters’ parts—after all, these are the people who’ve dedicated their lives to facing the issue head-on. Kill shelters often get a bad name, but they’re just struggling desperately to prevent overcrowding, so that the animals that aren’t euthanized get a half decent life.
We should put out sanctimoniousness aside and take the issue into our own hands. The solution could be simple, but it requires sustained commitment from each one of us.
—But don’t adopt if you’re not prepared to make a lifetime commitment.
—Get your animals spayed or neutered.
—Donate your time and money to your local animal shelter.