There are a lot of things that have been attributed to hugs recently.  According to Huffington Post, hugs can can have many benefits, from lowering your blood pressure to releasing stress.  But a little known fact:

“Hugs can save lives!”

Two dogs which were supposed to be put down had their lives saved recently when a photo of one hugging the other went viral.

The photo was shared by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in Atlanta Georgia and depicts a heartbreaking moment when one dog puts his paws around the other.

Dog Hug

Photo Provided By: Angels Among Us Pet Rescue

The post was accompanied with the caption:

“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.”

Dogs Safe

According to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, the dogs were saved about two hours later.  Pictured above is their hero that saved them just in time.  It all started with a picture of a hug!