Two dogs who were pictured in a photograph hugging each other, just hours before they were set to be euthanised, have been given a forever home.
According to the pet rescue that saved them, The Etowah Valley Humane Society, Kala and Keira were adopted by two human best friends in Georgia.
The dogs, 11-month-old mixer Kala and 15-month-old boxer-X Keira captured the hearts of people across the world when Angels Among Us Pet Rescue shared the photo asking for donations to save them.
The donations went towards getting the dogs microchipped and proper veterinary care.
A woman named Cris Folchitto had fostered both dogs for the last few months, but only recently did they get permanently adopted.
Their new home is with two roommates in Georgia, only identified as Wendy and Pam.
An updated Facebook post was shared on Monday:
"Hi everybody! Remember us??? Our big story was just on the news. Did you catch it? Well, in case you missed it, let us be the first to tell you. WE'RE ADOPTED!!! After looking everywhere for our new family, they found us! We never gave up hope and our foster mommy Cris said that the perfect people were out there. Now we get to hug them all the time! That's just our thing and they love that about us. I don't even remember that shelter or our life before we became Angels. All the good people made us forget the bad stuff that happened to us. Now here we are. A family and home to call our own. Thanks for sticking with us."
Pam had recently lost her two elderly dogs when she saw the story of Kala and Keira.
She asked about them and realised they were still looking for a home.
"It just fell together," Pam told the Pet Rescue.
"We turned our tears into smiles with these two young, playful dogs."
Wendy told the rescue the pair were working on a special Facebook page for the hugging dogs to keep the public up to date.
It would also raise funds for pet rescue.
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THE ORIGINAL STORY FROM JULY, 2015
Two adorable dogs have escaped being euthanised after a heart-breaking photo of the pair hugging at an animal shelter went viral.
Keira and Kala were snapped embracing each other at a shelter in northern Georgia, shortly before they were scheduled to be put down.
In a bid to give the duo one last chance, non-profit charity Angels Among Us Pet Rescue posted the image on its Facebook page, along with a tear-jerking first person message from Kala.
The message read: “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,” the message continued.
“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.”
Luckily word of the duo’s plight spread quickly and the dogs were picked up from the shelter just two hours and six minutes after the photo, which has been shared over 9,600 times, was posted online.
The dogs were reportedly taken to a vet, before being relocated to a loving foster home.
“Exactly two hours and six minutes. That's how long it took this amazing community of animals lovers to come together to save the lives of two canine friends,” read an update on the Facebook page.
“There are no words to tell you how happy we are that these two best friends are safe and together!”
The organisation also reminded people to get their dogs desexed and asked for people to remember that pets were a longtime commitment.
“It is so easy to say, why won't the shelter do something but they are the ones reaching out to us begging for help.
"In a perfect world they would be empty as every animal should be loved and in a home."