It’s home sweet home for rescue dogs Kala and Keira who escaped death in July after a photo of the two pups hugging went viral.
Scheduled to be euthanized at a kill-shelter in Georgia, Kala and Keira were saved when non-profit Angels Among Us posted a Facebook photo of the two dogs hugging just hours before they were to be put down.
The photo, which quickly racked up thousands of likes, also included a plea from the perspective of one of the dogs, “If no one saves us, someone will take her away from me. I’ll see her as she goes down the hallway,” the text read. “She won’t come back and I’ll cry. They’ll come for me next and I won’t be as brave.”
Saved and safely in foster care Kala, an 11 month-old hound mix and Keira, a 14 month-old boxer mix were still waiting to be adopted when best friends and roommates, Wendy Newman and Pam Cody, spotted an article in PEOPLE’s October 19 issue and learned Angels Among Us was still searching for a permanent home for the two pups.
Newman and Cody, who remembered the hugging photo of Kala and Keira from the summer, had not been in a position to adopt then as they had two dogs of their own. And then, tragically, lost both of their dogs within days of each other last month.
“We lost our whole family in one week,” says Cody, 53, a dental hygienist. “We were grieving our other dogs — it’s a major loss — but it’s kind of like Kala and Keira found us,” adds Newman, 55, a postal worker.
Now the two pairs of two are a family of four. “It was love at first sight,” says Newman. And the rescued pair are adapting well to their new home in Tucker, Georgia. “They play nonstop,” Newman exclaims. “And they still hug!”
And yet Cody is not completely convinced they “rescued” them after all. “I don’t know who needed who the most. I think we needed them.”
To read more about these adorable hugging pups and their new home, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.