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. Thank God for people like the people that took this beautiful baby home with them…………..all this dogs wants is to be LOVED for the people that have her now

    Thank you and bless you we need more people like you in this world

  2. God bless every human that comforts and helps an animal in need, particularly those we have domesticated and that depend on us. This blind four-legged baby now has a chance at happiness next to a human. Thank you!

  3. I wish withall my heart and soul that No animal ever had to face this, my heart breaks for all the poor innocent animals that suffer, and for ny person to harm just one of GOD’s Miracles, they should suffer the same fate, Thank you for giving her that hug she wanted so much and for the family who Wanted her, may GOD bless you for Loving this Precious Girl.


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