Sonoma had lived with his family for 20 years, but the nearly blind and deaf dog was recently abandoned at a California animal shelter. The reason: the canine they had taken care of for his entire life was “too old” and they reportedly couldn’t handle him anymore.
His owner stated that she would come home from work only to find the often confused dog swimming in the pool. That’s when they decided they’d had enough and dropped him off at a shelter.
“At any age, the only languages a dog will ever know are fierce loyalty and love,” Kelly Smíšek, founder of Frosted Faces Foundation, told The Dodo. “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.”
Sonoma’s rescuers immediately took him to the local vet to get him checked out and see how many health issues the senior pup had. It turns out he had infected ears and an ulcer in his left eye, which rescuers made sure got treated, and also a handful of masses and skin tags. Otherwise, he seemed to be in good health. Despite his age, all of his bloodwork came back completely normal.
The sweet dog has healed quite well, and enjoys mealtime with his long ears hanging in his food bowl. Frosted Faces Foundation will cover all medical expenses for the rest of Sonoma’s life. All they look for now is a forever home where he will be cared for and loved.
If you are interested in fostering or adopting Sonoma, you can contact Frosted Faces Foundation for more information.