18 years is a long time by any standard, but in dog years—it’s more than a lifetime. It’s the human “equivalent” of 126 years.
If you can imagine having everything you know change at age 126, you might have an idea of how frightened and lonely a little Dachshund mix named Muneca was when she was surrendered to a shelter.
Last week, Muneca was surrendered to the high-intake Baldwin Park Animal Shelter, located in Los Angeles County.
Though not many details about why her owner surrendered her are known, she was found to be blind, deaf, and covered in fleas.
BPAS volunteer Elaine, who is noted for her amazing empathy and chemistry with shelter animals, was the first to interact with Muneca. Photographer John Hwang was also at the shelter that day, and could only describe Muneca as “clinging to Elaine” as soon as she was picked up. He wrote in his plea for rescue on Facebook that “all she wanted was to be held the whole time.”
The social media post pulled at so many heartstrings that The Frosted Faces Foundation, a dedicated senior dog rescue in San Diego, had already been alerted numerous times and received interest in fostering her before they even got her out of the shelter.
When asked if there was anything about Muneca that really stood out to founder Kelly Smisek, she related: “She has a very soft face, which I always love.”
Muneca’s first stop was to the San Diego Bay Animal Hospital, where she was found to be in good health for her age.
She then got the royal treatment, including a bubble bath and nail trimming. After that, she was taken to the beach for the sunset. Though she couldn’t see the sunset or hear the sounds, she got to feel the squishy sand between her paws and was fed lots of treats.
Now that she is in the care of Frosted Faces, they are going through a number of applications from people interested in being her forever foster and looking for someone that is knowledgeable about the breed. Frosted Faces pays for lifelong medial care for their seniors in addition to donations of toys, treats, and supplies.
While only one family will care for Muneca, Frosted Faces hopes that all who have applied for her will consider waiting for another wonderful senior to come through their program.
To learn more about being a forever foster for a senior from Frosted Faces Foundation, or to donate to help them continue saving seniors, please visit their website. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram as well.
Header images via John Hwang / Facebook