About us

We provide a financial lifeline for responsible pet owners with a pet in a health crisis.

How Did Max's Begin?

Maximillian was 14 when he passed on May 27, 2016. I had the great luck to be chosen by him when he was 5 weeks old, as he left his litter to climb into my arms to fall asleep. Max brought me to life and was incredibly intelligent, playful, loving, and we spent nearly every day together for those 14+ years. In the Summer of 2016, while intensely grieving the loss, my husband and I found comfort in knowing we did everything medically possible to try to save Max’s life, though ultimately the war was lost. What we realized was just how important it was to know that no stone was left unturned, and we imagined the guilt and heartbreak for those who might have to allow their pets to suffer, or may need to euthanize or surrender them because of financial circumstances. Wanting to do something meaningful, and honor Max’s memory in a way that would help us heal while helping others, Max’s Helping Paws was born. Max also inspired Max’s Healing Hearts Community Facebook page to help those who have lost their pets.

THIS WAS MAX

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Beneficiaries

Who We Are 2018

Annabel & Penelope

Leo The Tabby

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Events

Starting Sunday, December 1
Every Sunday until March 31, 2019
ETATS UNIS BARK N’ BRUNCH
10% OF ALL SALES DONATED TO MHPF


Saturday, December 7, 2019
JOIN RALPHIE, ETATS-UNIS BISTRO SNOOPERVISOR ON THE PET-FRIENDLY PATIO FOR A HOWLIDAY FUNDRAISER LUNCH!
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
25% OF ALL SALES DONATED TO MHPF
With meal purchase, get a COMPLIMENTARY holiday pet photo by Richard Green Photography
Reservations Recommended: astouffer88@gmail.com for your reservation


Saturday, December 7, 2019
HOLIDAY PHOTOS WITH VERNE, CARMEL’S OWN SANTA
Photos by Say Woof Petography
12:00 – 4:00 PM
$25 ADVANCE, $30 WALK IN
PROCEEDS FROM 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM DONATED TO MHPF


MAY 9, 2019 | PAWS FOR A CAUSE ANNUAL GALA
AN EVENING IN THE EMERALD CITY
PORTOLA HOTEL and SPA

Executive Board

Dyana Klein
Dyana Klein is a marketing and events consultant to tech companies.  When not figuring out ways to promote her client software companies, Dyana is managing and growing Max’s Helping Paws Foundation as a labor of love. She was Max’s mom.  With a degree with Marketing, and a background owning a successful dog daycare, training and boarding facility in Sunnyvale, California, Dyana is no stranger to pet-related initiatives. Dyana currently resides in Carmel Valley, CA with her husband and co-founder, Dr. Jonathan Fradkin.

Dr. Jonathan Fradkin
Dr. Fradkin is a Board Certified Veterinary Internist at Pet Specialists of Monterey.  Dr. Fradkin grew up in New Mexico and trained at Colorado State and Texas A&M Universities and served in the Army Veterinary Corps for 15 years.  After the Army, Dr. Fradkin entered private specialty practice in Texas before moving to California and joining Pet Specialists of Monterey.   When not caring for pet patients, Dr. Fradkin’s favorite activity was quiet time with his wife and senior rescue dog Maxwell.  After losing Max, and Chestnut, Dr. Fradkin continues to enjoy time with his family and building this foundation in Max’s (and now Chestnut’s) honor. Dr. Fradkin currently resides in Carmel Valley, CA.

Emma Sanchez
Ms. Sanchez is a native of the Monterey Bay area and trained at Cabrillo College and Colorado State University.  She is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager for the Pet Specialists of Monterey.  She enjoys the challenges of practice management as well as working with the clients, staff and veterinarians.   In her free time she enjoys time with her family and friends, watching football, cooking, swimming, and writing poetry. Emma resides in Boulder Creek, CA.

Paula Black
Paula is a native of the Monterey Peninsula having been born and raised in Pacific Grove. She has been serving on the board of Door to Hope, a non-profit organization, for the last 17 years and is a past president. Paula has been part of a large community for the last 32 years that is committed to sober living. Paula has experience on a steering committee that organized a very large event filling the Monterey Conference Center. She has been a real estate professional having spent time flipping residential properties and then as a real estate agent. Paula has also earned a nursing degree. She is passionate about animals and is a long-time contributor to the SPCA. Paula also currently supports and volunteers for Gathering for Women, a nonprofit dedicated to providing supportive resources in a caring environment to the homeless women of the Monterey Peninsula. Paula enjoys spending time with her wife, Laura, the doggie love of her life Corky and friends. She currently resides in Monterey, CA.

Carlotta Mellon
Carlotta Herman Mellon’s career spans academia, government, and the private and non-profit sectors. She taught at California State University at Los Angeles, San Diego State University, and Pomona College from 1970 – 1974. She served as Appointments Secretary for Governor Jerry Brown from 1975-1981. In 2002, Carlotta became Executive Director of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. In 2007, she was appointed Executive Director of the San Bernardino Symphony. Carlotta was a Member of the Board of Directors of the California Historical Society for eight years and served as President from 2009 – 2011. A lover of animals, she recently retired from the Board of Directors of the SPCA for Monterey County. Currently Carlotta also is involved with Max’s Helping Paws Foundation and Golden Oldies, a senior cat rescue organization.

Sylvana Stratton 

Sylvana moved to the Monterey area in1984 after living in many places as a military family member to include the Pacific Northwest, the South, and New England in the US and in Germany and Saudi Arabia. She is an avid dog rescuer especially all kinds of retrievers having rescued and successfully rehomed many, many hundreds of retrievers.  She has served on a diverse group of non profit oards with leadership roles in most; Leadership Monterey Peninsula, Monterey County Economic Development, Natividad Hospital Foundation, Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, Visiting Nurses Foundation, Carmel by the Sea Rotary among others for over 30 years. Her professional experience is in the areas of finance and compliance.  She is the dog mom to Piper, Magnum, Justin and Bentley.

Connie Hong-Smith

Born in San Francisco, Connie graduated from San Francisco State University with a a BA in education specializing in food/nutrition along with a California Life Time Teaching Credential. After spending nearly a decade as a high school teacher in Hayward and Las Vegas, Connie changed careers in 1980 and became a Mortgage Broker.Connie has been the owner of The Mortgage Connection since 1986. Married to Dennis Smith, a retired banker for 27 years, they moved to Carmel Valley from the Blackhawk/Danville community in 1998.Connie is extremely active in the non-profit sector and enjoys volunteering. She has served as a board member and a chair for the fund raising committee for both non-profits. Currently she is the co-chair of the C.V. Women’s Club Foundation’s scholarship committee and a board member. Connie currently has 4 rescued cats and recently rescued a dog from AFRP of Pacific Grove. Rocco, her Bichon Frise was a pet therapy dog for 10 years at Chomp’s Westland House visiting cancer and rehab patients.

Advisory Board

Ex-Officio Board Member & Strategic Adviser

Dr. Greg Marsolais
Dr. Marsolais is a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon and the founder of Pet Specialists of Monterey and Max’s Helping Paws Foundation.  He completed a Master of Science in Veterinary Clinical Sciences and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Iowa State University. In 2006, Dr. Marsolais concluded his residency and relocated to northern California where he helped found Veterinary Surgical Centers of the Delta. Dr. Marsolais became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) upon successfully passing the ACVS examination in February 2007. His favorite activity is deep sea fishing on his boat.

Pet Loss Support


Max’s Helping Paws would like to be a resource to the community. This support doesn’t start of stop with the writing of a check.  The foundation also maintains a highly supportive, 33,000-member Facebook community called Max’s Healing Hearts for those dealing with the difficulties, challenges and grieving associated with ill, suffering or deceased pets, .

Max's Supporters


Founders Circle Members & Key Supporters
We are so grateful to all Our Donors for everything they do to help us deliver our mission.

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