A Viral Photo Of 2 Shelter Dogs Hugging Saved Their Lives

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Indrani Sengupta
A viral photo of two dogs' impending death pulls our heartstrings, but what about the other homeless animals who aren't so lucky? Viral photo or no viral photo, there is always a dog facing death. And there is always someone who can prevent that.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: THESE PUPS ARE SAFE AND IN ANGELS' CARE BUT ARE IN A FOSTER HOME. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ADOPTED. TO ADOPT KALA...

Posted by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue on  Monday, July 20, 2015

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.

THEY ARE SAFE!!! There are no words to tell you how happy we are that these two best friends are safe and together! ...

Posted by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue on  Monday, July 20, 2015

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.

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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.  

Kala and Keira

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.

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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.

Kala and Keira

Adopt, don’t buy.

—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.

Read more: Look At These Puppies' Before And After Adoption Pictures

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