Hi, we are Leslie, Natalie, and Amberleigh, three sisters who have known Katie Klaren for almost 20 years.  Katie is more than a friend to us, she is another sister. Her German Shepherd Corona is struggling with her health right now and needs emergency surgery. We need your help…

Who are Katie and Corona?

Caring, compassionate, and loyal are just a few words to describe Katie. She is a beautiful soul with one of the biggest hearts we know.  She has had an eventful year, both good and bad, with the birth of her first born child Pepper Jay and the loss of her all too young horse Maverick, who passed away from cancer last spring.

Corona, the German Shepherd that Katie’s had since a puppy has been by Katie’s side through everything.  She moved with Katie when she went to college in Duluth, MN and then followed her on her journey to Portland and then back to Minnesota.  Corona loves her daily walks with Katie and gets really excited every time she gets to go with Katie to the visit horses at the farm.  She is loving, loyal and Katie’s best friend.

What happened?

Last Friday Katie noticed Corona wasn’t acting like herself.  She stopped eating and drinking and became very weak, even falling down the stairs at one point. Heartbroken, Katie rushed Corona to the veterinarian and ER to learn that Corona’s gallbladder was about to rupture and required emergency surgery. Time was of the essence.

Katie was then faced with an unimaginable decision: put her best friend down or fight and pay the high costs of surgery.  While many people may have given up, Katie knew there was only one option, to fight. Her exact words to us were “I can’t look her [Corona] in the eye and tell her she’s not worth it. I have to give her my best.”

How your donation will help?

As most of you know, emergency veterinarian bills and surgery can be quite expensive. Katie has already spent $2,200 on pre-operation costs alone.  Surgery to remove Corona’s gallbladder is $4,000 and Katie will incur another $4,000 in post-operation costs. 

This financial burden is a hard on any loving pet owner, but with your help and the help of many others we can accomplish a lot.  Thank you in advance for all of your love and support during this very difficult time. Katie will be forever grateful!

WE love you Corona!

Leslie, Natalie, and Amberleigh
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    • $35 
    • 46 mos
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    • $100 (Offline)
    • 46 mos
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    • $100 (Offline)
    • 46 mos
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    • $100 (Offline)
    • 46 mos
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    • $150 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Natalie Barker Montanari 
St. Paul, MN
Kathleen Klaren 
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