Five years ago, rescuers in Pennsylvania witnessed one of the worst cases of animal neglect they had ever seen.
Indeed, they found two female pitbulls abandoned in the middle of the road. A handful of kibble had been thrown around them - but both dogs had clearly not been fed for a very, very long time.
The most moving part of the whole scene was how the dogs stuck together. One of them was in better shape than the other, who could hardly move - yet she stayed with her friend. She sat beside her and kept her warm until help came for them.
Rays of sunshine
Once they were picked up by rescuers, Gracie and Layla, as they were lated named, were rushed to the animal shelter. Vets did everything they could to get them back on their feet, and over time, slowly but surely, they recovered.
Despite their difficult journey in life, the two girls never lost their loving personalities - whether in regard to each other or to people. They had no reason to trust humans anymore, and yet, they always greeted their rescuers with wagging tails and kisses.
They truly are symbols of hope!