While she’s faced many challenges in running the Sumatran Dog Health Program, it’s all worth it when McKelson sees how much she’s helped individual dogs. Ondong is one dog who sticks out in McKelson’s mind.
“Ondong had almost no hair, stunk very bad, very poor teeth,” McKelson said. “We knew he was an elderly dog because he had cataracts already, and he was pretty much lifeless. I remember putting him into the cage waiting to be sterilized, and he did not move, did not blink. I thought, ‘Oh no, we’re going to lose this dog.’”