Blind 18-Year-Old on Death Row Who Only Wanted Hugs Is Completely Loved Now

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When you’re a blind, 18-year-old dog lost in a kill shelter, life is nothing short of terrifying.  Poor Muneca was exactly there recently, and didn’t seem like she really had anything left to hold on to.  That is until one person came along and picked her up to comfort her, and Muneca just couldn’t let go.




A photograph of Muneca and longtime volunteer and friend to the animals at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in Los Angeles, Elaine Seamans, was taken recently by John Hwang.  He arrived at the shelter to take some photos and he walked in on the now famous hug.

“When I got to the shelter, Elaine was already holding the dog,” said Hwang to The Dodo.  “The dog was clinging on to her.”


The photo was taken, and then put out on social media.  It isn’t very difficult to see why this photo went almost immediately viral.  However, it isn’t just the photo that is so amazing.  What’s truly awesome is that the photo moved so many people, and helped get Muneca OFF of death row!



In all actuality, Muneca was only at the shelter for about two days.  The photo prompted the Frosted Faces Foundation to step up and rescue her.  She was taken out of the shelter, and it seemed that the dog who was wanted by absolutely no one, had people lining up all over to help her out.  She was eventually adopted by Amy Gann.




“We screened a lot of people and talked to all their references,” said Kelly Smíšek, executive director of Frosted Faces.  “We home-checked a bunch of people.  By the time we approved someone and they drove to San Diego, I met them, I was very nervous.  I thought, ‘I hope we picked the right person.’  And immediately, it was, ‘Oh my Gosh.  I’m so glad she’s going home with you!'”



Gann and her family absolutely ADORE Muneca!  It turns out that this little, four-legged, furry ball of love has quite a few memories to make with her new family, and they take every opportunity to make sure that she gets to do a lot of really cool stuff.  She may not have a ton of time left, but Gann and her family INSIST on making the most of it!


0 thoughts on “Blind 18-Year-Old on Death Row Who Only Wanted Hugs Is Completely Loved Now”

  1. Whoever surrendered this helpless loving dog to the shelter should be on a banned list from ever possessing animals again.

    • There are some sad reasons for folks to have to give up their pet.
      Loss of home and having to move to a place that does not allow dogs.
      Health issues and not able to care for her anymore.
      Death of the owner is a possibility.
      I can’t imagine anyone having the dog for 18 years and deciding it was too old to care for.

      • The story doesn’t say how the dog ended up in the shelter. But as any shelter worker can tell you, there are people who treat pets like inanimate novelties. Once they’re no longer young and cute, or if they develop any medical problems due to aging, they just get dumped in a shelter like a sack of old tee shirts in a donation bin.

        So glad someone rescued this sweet little dog.

    • Some animals are surrendered because their elderly “parent” died, not because they were no longer wanted. Please don’t pass judgment until you know the situation.

    • You really can’t make a blanket statement like that. Sometimes the dogs requires enormous amounts of medical care, and some times it very hard to let go when the dog is reaching that age. What is important is that the dog has a forever home and he will live out his life with a person who is capable of enduring the burden that comes with an older dog.

      • If I couldn’t afford astronomical bills for my sickly pet I would likely love him enough to have humanely put to sleep vs. dumping him at a shelter he may not come out of. Shelters can be a good place for animals that haven’t or won’t be well cared for by people but not a place for people who dump dying or too old ones.

    • God Bless all the animals. They are our loved ones, family. God bless all the loving families that take them home.

  2. It looks like they are using dish soap to bath her. They should be using shampoo or doggie shampoo. I hope they take better care of her.

    • actually dish soap is what they use for oil spills and animals it isnt all necessarily bad for theyre skin shampoo is not de greaser..

  3. I agree with Middletown. Elderly dogs take a little more care, but they have earned the extra attention needed to make their final days happy and loved.

    • I have a 15 year old yellow lab. She had to have knee surgery when she was young. The surgery really didn’t help much and as a result she couldn’t run or get a lot of exercise. This resulted in a long battle with her weight. She is still able to go on very short walks. It is so difficult for her to get around. So I do many things for her. I bring her her food and water. She sleeps right next to my bed. She used to sleep with me, but she is now unable to get on the bed. She is so spoiled that she has learned that all she has to do is let out a little bark, and I get out of bed to bring her a drink. As long as she can enjoy her short walks or laying on the lawn enjoying the sun or a little breeze blowing across her face and she is happy, she will stay with me. I know our time is growing short. But until she let’s me know that life is too hard on her, she will be spoiled rotten. When that time comes, I have a great vet that will come to my home. We will take one last walk and lie in the sun under her favorite tree. Then I will hold her and stroke her one last time and gently let her go. I would never under any circumstances let her go to a place where she would be frightened and alone. She has earned and deserves the best. And when this day comes my heart will be broken. Please people, give your pets the love that they need. Their lifespans are far too short.

  4. What a happy and wonderful story.
    That little fur ball only wanted to receive and give unconditional love.
    What a joy to read a story like this!
    Need more stories about these loving creatures and companions!!!

  5. Please keep in mind that some animals are surrendered because their elderly “parent” died or just were completely unable to care for them any more, not necessarily because they are no longer wanted..

    • I have long wanted to have laws passed that $1 from every Vet bill be sent to a secure fund to help save dogs such as Muneca. It could be placed in a safe, interest bearing account in every county or state, and used for the sole purpose of rehoming dogs and cats. After all they love us until we die; can’t we do the same for them?

  6. I’m elderly and have two senior dogs 15 years old one of which is blind and the other with health issues. I live in fear everyday stressed out that I may pass away because of what would happen to my boys! I have a Will but no way to leave them to anyone because of no living relatives or friends as elderly as I! I tried calling and searching for a rescue but have been disappointed with the interaction I got and am not trustworthy of them! My boys would have to stay together. They are pampered beyond belief and I cook for them the best money can buy and groom them myself because I don’t trust anyone for good reason. I am broken hearted and live in fear of their outcome. I hope I don’t die first!

    • I have a suggestion. Contact a church near you and ask if anyone in the congregation would consider adopting the boys together if you should pass away before them. Tell someone you trust that you want your boys to be adopted together. Don’t give up doing your homework to locate a person or family who’s willing to adopt them together so you have peace of mind. I’m in my late 60s and trusting in God that my 4 cats and 4 dogs go before me. I figure I’ll have an empty nest in about 5 to 6 years, something I’m not looking forward to, but 8 is enough.

  7. I’ve adopted a number of death row senior dogs and cats. Penny Phats was a morbidly obese 12-yr-old cat who I adopted about 6 years ago. She’s still going strong. Lulu, my yellow Lab mix I’ve had for about 6 years is now 14 yrs old. I think this is her last year. Leonardo was a 10-yr-old cocker spaniel when I adopted him. I had him for over 3 ½ yrs before he died. The list goes on and on. Only drawback is that I mourn more frequently the deaths, but have never regretted any of the adoptions. They give unconditonal love.

    • God bless Donna! I understand very well the emptiness and heartache these babies leave when they pass. However, the joy they bring to our lives, the meaning they render to a part of our lives cannot be less than a blessing in our existence. When it is my time to go, I pray I will in the hereafter find the babies that made my life whole. Never stop!


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