Nearly 4 million shelter animals are euthanized each year in the United States, a horrifying and sobering statistic. Sadly, these deaths happen behind the scenes, out of sight and often out of mind. Kala and Keira were literally hours from becoming another statistic, simply for being in a shelter for too long.
The rescue put out a plea from Kala and Keira’s perspective, which was one of the most heartbreaking stories you’ll see.
“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…”
The post has been updated several times, and flooded with support for the two. It also led to their adoption! Just two hours and six minutes after posting their story, the pair was rescued together! They are now safe and sound in a new home, and no longer have to live in fear each day.
There is nothing more inspiring than rescues, and while the epidemic of euthanasia persists, not all stories end badly. What matters most is that we continue to remind people to ADOPT, DON’T SHOP! There are too many animals like Kala and Keira that need us more than we even realize.
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