Website specifically for finding foster or forever homes for ME dogs:
See the Questionnaire page for information on how to have your ME dog posted on that site. Follow the directions and send an email to Jill and Debbie from the Contact Us page.
If interested in adoption, see the dogs on the Need Foster or Forever Homes page
Information helpful for placing an ME dog in a home:
How fed – what is used to get her in vertical position (standing with feet on table, standing on stairs, sitting up)
Type of food – canned, soaked kibble, blended kibble
Food consistency – meatballs, slurry, milkshake, etc
Where currently located – we have folks all over the US, so at least someone may be able to help establish protocol for what works
Meds being taken
How diagnosis was done (x-rays)
How is water managed (if at all)
Current energy level
Any other health conditions
How much (if any) regurg – not vomiting regurg = “splat” or fast expel of food
Any saliva or mucous discharge from mouth
Does the foster person know anything about ME
Where to search if interested in adopting an ME dog:
Specific breed or any rescues
Dog sanctuaries and ranches
Senior dogs or dogs with disability sites
Rehoming megaesophagus dog’s website and Facebook page named the same
Adopting a Dog with Megaesophagus:
Posted by Jennifer on August 21st, 2013
“Megaesophagus is mouthful of a name for a rare condition that affects dogs, cats, and humans too! Those in the know refer to it as “ME” or “Mega E” and many are passionate about spreading the word to help pet owners and potential adopters understand that megaesophagus can be managed and dogs can lead fairly normal lives with ME. Sadie Mae is a shelter volunteer who is doing just that, and she’s documented her discoveries in a wonderful article about her personal journey of ME discovery. “As a volunteer at various shelters, I had heard of this condition only once before and knew it had something to do with the esophagus and the digestion of food,” she writes. “After speaking with members of Megaesophagus Support Groups, I have learned a great deal about the condition, and I certainly do understand how overwhelming this condition, with possible underlying conditions and varying degrees of severity and symptoms, can be.” Read on to find out more about ME and see if you’re one of the compassionate adopters who are willing to incorporate the routine of a homeless Mega E Baby into your home!”
So what is megaesophagus? “Megaesophagus refers to a syndrome in which the esophagus becomes weak and flaccid, and subsequently becomes much larger than normal, hence the term megaesophagus. Megaesophagus is diagnosed by taking radiographs (x-rays) of the chest,” says the Michigan Veterinary Specialists. A pet with ME needs the help of gravity to transport food to their stomach after they eat. They don’t throw up, but rather regurgitate their food before it reaches their stomach.
While for many pets there is no cure (see “Will it ever go away or be cured”), there are proven management techniques that help many ME dogs and their owners enjoy long and happy lives together! A good DMV is key for proper diagnosis. Depending on the type and severity of the ME, they can help owners figure out if and which medications and surgery will help the most. One of the more popular – and quite adorable – techniques is the use of a “Bailey Chair” to help an ME pup stay upright. Above you can see a photo of adorable JellyBean sitting in his chair just chillin after his dinner! You can read more of Sadie’s stories and information in her article.”
What is your role if helping transport the dog to a rescue or for adoption:
As a receiver (or sender) you are to provide all information as you know it to be correct and current.
You are to provide the Transport Coordinator everything you know to include animal’s deposition, quarantining, vaccinations, needs and requirements.
You are to supply a receiving address and be ready to open your home to the animal that may have any number of issues resulting from being imprisoned at a shelter.
You will be expected to drive a distance to meet up with the transport.
You MAY NOT harass the drivers, or the transport coordinator.
You MAY NOT contact any drivers for any reason.
You MAY NOT make any demands of any drivers.
You MAY NOT interfere with the transport or the directions it may take, including, but not limited to weather related postponements, driver delays, animal illness.
You MAY NOT mistreat or mislead anybody on any aspect of a transport or the animal being transported.
You MAY relax and know that this group is recognized as one of the finest, most professional volunteer transport groups existing.
You MAY enjoy that your Transport Coordinator has nothing but the health and safety of your animal as their first priority.
You MAY thank all of the volunteers who donate their time, vehicle and fuel for no reason other than getting your pet in your loving arms as quickly and safely as humanly possible.
You MAY choose to make a donation of your time, energies or funds to help other animals get to their forever homes, and you may know it will be greatly appreciated.