It is truly astounding when people harness the power of social media to save someone’s life.
The “someone” in question is not a person, but two dogs who were just twelve hours away from euthanasia at the Bartow County Animal Control shelter in Cartersville, Georgia.
The two mutts are Kala, then an 11-month-old a hound mix, and Keira, a boxer 15 months old. Malena Evans, a representative of the Etowah Valley Humane Society, visited the facility and was talking to Kala when the dog walked over to the black-and-white boxer and hugged her.
Malena is an adoption coordinator at the Humane Society, and one of their initiatives is taking photos of shelter dogs and posting their stories online to encourage people to give them a chance.
Image credit: Kala & Keira Hugging Dogs on Facebook
When they see dogs who can’t seem to leave each other’s side, they make sure to tell the world how close the dogs’ bond is so that they will be adopted together.
Thus, when the two dogs found comfort in each other in what everyone thought would be their final hours, Malena simply had to share their story.
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue put up Kala and Keira’s hugging picture on their Facebook page. They appealed to the kindness of strangers, asking for donations to help in removing the dogs from the shelter.
Image credit: Angels Among Us Pet Rescue on Facebook
The post got more than 16,000 likes and 9,000 shares on the platform, gathering $3,400 in the process to pay for the dogs’ vet bills. In only two hours and six minutes, social media saved the lives of Kala and Keira.
A kind woman named Cris Folchitto served as a foster mom to Kala and Keira. A few months later, the pups got a new forever home after Georgia-based best friends Wendy and Pam adopted them.
The women had just lost their elderly dogs when they picked up a magazine and saw that the viral hugging dogs were still available. Everything “just fell together,” Wendy gushes. Indeed, there’s no better partner for two longtime friends than two canine best pals!
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Source: CTV News on YouTube