Why wasn’t anyone adopting poor Katelyn? She was at a shelter where you only get so much time. And this poor little Jack Russell mix wasn’t standing a very good chance of finding a home.
Why? Because Katelyn has Megaesophagus. That’s a condition where your food gets stuck in your esophagus. Dogs who have it often can’t get the food all the way down, and can come down with aspiration pneumonia pretty easily from breathing too much regurgitated debris. On top of that, Katelyn is a bit wobbly and weak in her back end, probably from an old fracture. So that’s why Katelyn wasn’t finding a home, and the clock was ticking.
So she came to Best Friends, where we’d like to welcome her to the Guardian Angel community! She really is a wonderful dog. Not only is she little and cute, but she’s such a sweetheart! It’s no wonder the shelter staff had fallen in love. Now, the goal is to get her living the best life she can.
Her caregivers at Best Friends will feed her from an elevated dish, and then keep Katelyn upright for 30 minutes afterward to help that food go down. She may take some medications as well. And of course, lots of tests are being run to see if there’s a clear cause of the megaesophagus. We don’t know whether Katelyn can even be fully cured. But we do know that she can enjoy her life, and that it can be filled with friends – here at the Sanctuary, possibly someday in her very own home, and of course – out there, among all of you!
Guardian Angels, please welcome Katelyn to our circle of friends!