Update: 20-year-old spaniel Sonoma dumped at shelter by owner

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As he waited for his owner to return, Sonoma was terrified and confused in a caged kennel at the Carson Animal Care Center. On April 18, the 20-year-old spaniel, obediently walked into the shelter with the one person he trusted his entire life; he had no idea this would be the last time he would ever be with her. It was the supreme betrayal of loyalty. A volunteer standing at the counter overheard the following heartbreaking conversation moments before Sonoma was led away:

“SANOMA spent his entire life with the woman that just left him at the shelter. She felt he was too old and she would come home to find him swimming in the pool because he is DEAF and BLIND! He is completely confused about what is happening to him; it must be so scary. He needs help now! Please share for his life, he’s such an angel.”

On Wednesday, Sonoma was welcomed into the family of Frosted Faces Foundation. 

“…but ultimately, it doesn’t matter when, how, or why you surrendered your dog. At any age, the only languages a dog will ever know are fierce loyalty and love. There is nothing one can say to explain to your dog all of the reasons you feel your decision of abandonment is justified, and that is why we operate Frosted Faces Foundation.”

And so the senior has started his new life – all 20-years of him. With the help of rescue volunteers, Teresa Molina and Vicki White, the happy dog’s butt wiggled and he took his freedom walk on Wednesday afternoon – just hours after his heartbreaking story garnered attention on social media.

“Meet Frosted Face Sonoma whose days will go on, his heart will heal, and we will be his advocates- me, his new family, all of you. Where anger meets love, we act,” stated the group on their Facebook page.

Then came a bath, scratches behind the ears and some reassuring words that this dog is in a better place. Then came the light green bow tie, a delicious meal to take the edge off and finally a soft bed to rest his weary soul. Welcome home Sonoma; you are one of the lucky ones.

To help Frosted Faces Foundation help more dogs, donations can be made here. Sonoma will need $25/month sponsoring Fans, please register at www.frostedfacesfoundation.org/fans/. If you are interested in being Sonoma’s Forever Foster (medical expenses covered) or Forever Family (adoption with $500/year major medical grant), please apply right away at www.frostedfacesfoundation.org/apply/.

Photos courtesy of Frosted Faces Foundation. Previous story here.

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19 replies
  1. LESLIE says:

    Happy life Sanoma…thank you frosted faces you ar the best i love seniors they are incredible beings. Im looking forward to adopting one in the future.

  2. Elaine says:

    Oh thank you so much Frosted Faces Foundation. An amazing ending to a sad, horrible daily occurrance. My life long dream is to start such a foundation for animals in that same predicament here in Canada. Not sure how, but will be a matter of funds and when.

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    May God Bless Frosted Faces Foundation. Another worthy organization to donate to as they use the funds to save precious dogs like Sonoma. Thank you very much, I am so glad to hear he is safe with you.

  4. Candy Thompson says:

    Sonoma’s cruel abandonment brought tears to my eyes, but your gracious rescuing of this lovely dog brought even more. Thank you for giving him the love he needs through the remainder of his life. Please make sure he is fostered or adopted by people who will live him, too.

    • Nancy Gannon says:

      Let’s go get the woman and take her on a leash to a deserted place in the desert and leave her there in chains.

  5. Red says:

    I wish a law could be passed that if you surrender a pet just because it is “too old” you are banned from getting another one. You should be required to keep that pet until it’s final breathe.

    • Bob says:

      to Red – That would not work because than the person would be cruel. If a person is so heartless as to toss away a 20 year old dog, do you believe they would give proper care if FORCED to keep the dog?

  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    Giant THANK YOU to Frosted Faces, for helping Sonoma – she deserves the very best care and love. Thanks again for giving this to her.

  7. Mary says:

    I will never understand people! Thank you for rescuing this beautiful old soul! May his final years be filled with love and happiness!

  8. (SunWolf)Beth C. says:

    I cannot express the gratitude to all of you and Frosted Faces for stepping up to help Sanoma. To do it within hours and for him not to have to spend the night alone in the shelter which I thought about what would be going threw his mind..
    Bless you and may you all walk in peace light and love always “HUGS” ????????

  9. MCudworth says:

    God bless you for the tireless work you do.Ultimate betrayal is correct when a dog is dumped at a shelter, when there are other viable options. I can hardly contain my emotions when I go to a shelter knowing I can’t take them all home. Unwanted dogs is an epidemic. Again, thank you for you act of courage and love. Praying Sonoma finds his fur ever family in time!❤️❤️


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