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Experiencing homelessness due to job loss during the pandemic, this owner had nowhere to turn when her beloved pup got ill. She found Max’s, and it made all the difference.

— Kiara —

Four year old Bonnie was adopted by Kiara as a puppy and the two have become inseparable. Kiara describes Bonnie as a “very loving and small dog” who has been a delight in her world ever since she was adopted.

In 2020, the two experienced a drastic shift when Kiara lost her job due to the pandemic. The tight strain on finances ended up causing them to experience a time of homelessness as Kiara sought employment during a challenging year. In early March, their world shifted again when Bonnie began having diarrhea, loss of appetite and symptoms of discomfort in her eye. In such a time crisis, these two depend on each other and the thought of Bonnie being ill was devastating to Kiara. Knowing her beautiful Bonnie needed to be seen by a veterinarian but unsure how she was going to pay for the cost, Kiara reached out to Max’s Helping Paws for assistance.

Thanks to the generous community who supports pet companions just like Bonnie, Max’s was able to extend the assistance needed to get Bonnie to VCA All Pets. With this visit, Bonnie was able to receive the exam, medications and care needed to start recovering from her illness. Kiara took such quick action when she noticed Bonnie was ill that any long-lasting complications were avoided thanks to her responsible steps. Once treated, Bonnie was able to return healthy to Kiara as the two continue to seek out the next best steps for their world. We’re so glad you’re feeling better Bonnie!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner :

VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

A False Alarm For Lucy

I am a senior on a limited income. I’m afraid Lucy may have cancer and I need financial assistance to help my baby.

— Patricia —

Those of us lucky enough to have had a cat companion ‘choose’ us, realize how fortunate we are for these feline friends who share their space with us. Patricia brought home Lucy when she was a little bit older, about 6 years old, and the two have made a fabulous family! Patricia is a retired senior who is especially good at giving Lucy all the love and attention she needs to feel like the top ‘feline’ in the home.

While petting her back one day, Patricia noticed a bump on Lucy’s back. Not wanting to be alarmed, but keeping an eye on the matter, Patricia noticed after some time that more bumps had appeared and could be felt along Lucy’s spine. Sick with worry, she reached out to Max’s Helping Paws and shared that she feared Lucy may have cancer. While Patricia had enough funds set aside for an initial exam, if cancer was the problem, she knew the cost would be more than she could bear. As a retired senior on a fixed income, Patricia knew a cost for cancer treatments for her beloved Lucy would be well outside her frugal means.

This pro-active owner took whatever means necessary to ensure her companion Lucy would be able to receive treatment. With the assistance of Max’s as a financial lifeline, Lucy was indeed able to be seen by Purrfurably Cats for her bumps. It was a VERY relieved Patricia who contacted us after the appointment the next day and let us know, with a bit of a giggle in her voice…that the lumps were just matted hair on Lucy and the veterinarian had been able to take care of the matter in the office the same day. As her first experience with a cat having matted hair, Patricia feared that worst and acted quickly. We are SO grateful this was a false alarm and that Lucy does not have cancer! Thanks to our Diagnostic Program, Patricia now has serenity knowing Lucy is truly, a very healthy and happy kitty!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner Who Helped Sashay:

Purrfurably Cats is Monterey County’s only feline-exclusive veterinary hospital. We provide cat boarding plus full medical, surgical, and dental services. Come and tour our full boarding suite which includes an exercise condo. For your convenience, we also provide grooming services in the hospital. You only need to make one stop for ALL of your cat’s needs.

 

Breathing Made Easier for Simba

This is so unexpected! I just want Simba to not be in pain and breathe easier.

— Ashley —

When you bring home a fluffy kitten, the last thing you expect is for them to start experiencing health issues within the first 3 months of bringing them home. Ashley was devastated when little Simba began having difficulty breathing after such a short time of having him in her life. Being a responsible pet owner, Ashley took Simba to the vet to determine what was happening. She shared with us: “ He has a heart murmur as well as an upper respiratory infection. The treatment that the vet said he needs is to get sedated and have an x-ray to determine if it’s heart issues or mucus in the chest which is why he is wheezing and having trouble breathing. The vet also has to examine his lung and ears in order to see if the reason he is having trouble breathing is caused by something in his lungs. They also want to do the x rays in order to figure out if it is a problem in either his lungs or heart and when they see what is wrong they need to determine if he needs more treatment such as medicine.”

Working in the food service industry and having hours reduced this past year, Ashley was already facing a challenging income situation prior to the veterinary visits she paid for to get Simba this far. With the determination of more extensive work needed, Ashley reached out to Max’s Helping Paws for assistance. At Max’s we understand owners are doing their very best to provide the care their beloved companions need…and sometimes they need an extra boost to make that happen. We were able to provide assistance to Ashley for Simba’s care and he received the x-rays to determine the root causes of his breathing problem, as well as medications to suppress inflammation and mucus build up. It is with happy hearts that we were able to say ‘Welcome Home’ to Simba after this treatment was done!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner Who Helped Sashay:

Purrfurably Cats is Monterey County’s only feline-exclusive veterinary hospital. We provide cat boarding plus full medical, surgical, and dental services. Come and tour our full boarding suite which includes an exercise condo. For your convenience, we also provide grooming services in the hospital. You only need to make one stop for ALL of your cat’s needs.

 

This ‘Guy’

He’s our sweet boy and we just want him to live. Our hours have been reduced with the pandemic and any help you can offer would be appreciated.

— Castillo Family —

Along with the sunshine, March also brought an adventurous spirit to Guy and he began exploring more of their property. After one such outing, the Castillo’s were alarmed to see Guy was having difficulty breathing and fur matted. Concerned, they asked neighbors if anyone had seen anything and were alerted to the fact that Guy was hit by an unexpected obstacle while he was out.

Throughout the past year, the Castillo’s working hours have been reduced due to needing to stay home with their children once the schools closed in 2020. Since then, the family has been surviving on one income only and making as many adjustments as possible to keep afloat. When Guy came home battered, they knew they would not have the financial means to get him the care he needed. With the options of surrender or suffering feeling as though they were the only possible choices, the Castillo’s were relieved when they heard of Max’s Helping Paws and immediately reached out.

Eligible for our Short Term/Crisis Program, the Castillo’s were able to take Guy to Monterey Peninsula Animal Hospital to determine what next steps would be needed for him to begin breathing normally again. After an overnight hospital stay, oxygen, x-rays and medications, Guy was stabilized in very short order.

Thanks to donors in our community, Guy was given the gift of breathing normally again and the opportunity for a second chance at a healthy life. We’re so glad you’re doing better Guy! Keep exploring!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center is a well-established, 24/7/365, full service, state-of-the-art hospital which is known for providing compassionate pet care as well as for our highly experienced and well-trained veterinary team that possess the ability to provide a wide range of veterinary services in our all-encompassing facility. MPVESC’s many capabilities and service areas exemplify the versatility of our practice, and we strive to be as flexible and effective as possible in all that we do.

Cotton’s Cure

Our whole family loves Cotton and we want the best for him…he’s a part of the family.

— Sandra —

Hello to this black and white tabby named Cotton! Owner Sandra could not have asked for a better companion than Cotton has been over the past 6 years for their family of four. Even-tempered, playful and super snuggly, Cotton has been a part of the family ever since he was a tiny kitten years ago.

In fact, Cotton has been so healthy over the past 6 years, it was an extra shock when he suddenly became lethargic and was not able to urinate properly. Sandra and her family were greatly distressed by Cotton’s show of illness and monitored his progress very closely. Just a few short months ago, Cotton had received his regular visit to the vet and this unexpected change in behavior was very disturbing. Realizing this was not just a passing kitty cold or other small problem, Sandra knew Cotton needed to be seen by a vet.

As a family of four living on one income, the funds were stretched tight within the household. Sandra had heard of Max’s through a friend and reached out for assistance to get Cotton to the vet before the situation turned into a costly emergency. Their only goal was to help their family member Cotton and get him the care he needed to be healthy again. Thanks to the support of partner organizations and our local community supporters, Cotton was able to receive the funds to be seen by Monterey Peninsula Animal Hospital. It turns out that Sandra was just in time with her quick response for Cotton, as he had a urinary tract infection that could have caused much larger issues for his body. The quick response by Sandra and her family allowed Cotton to receive the medications, hospital stay and care he needed to once again return healthy, happy and home to his family after treatment.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center is a well-established, 24/7/365, full service, state-of-the-art hospital which is known for providing compassionate pet care as well as for our highly experienced and well-trained veterinary team that possess the ability to provide a wide range of veterinary services in our all-encompassing facility. MPVESC’s many capabilities and service areas exemplify the versatility of our practice, and we strive to be as flexible and effective as possible in all that we do.

Beautiful Bonnie

Experiencing homelessness due to job loss during the pandemic, this owner had nowhere to turn when her beloved pup got ill. She found Max’s, and it made all the difference.

— Kiara —

Four year old Bonnie was adopted by Kiara as a puppy and the two have become inseparable. Kiara describes Bonnie as a “very loving and small dog” who has been a delight in her world ever since she was adopted.

In 2020, the two experienced a drastic shift when Kiara lost her job due to the pandemic. The tight strain on finances ended up causing them to experience a time of homelessness as Kiara sought employment during a challenging year. In early March, their world shifted again when Bonnie began having diarrhea, loss of appetite and symptoms of discomfort in her eye. In such a time crisis, these two depend on each other and the thought of Bonnie being ill was devastating to Kiara. Knowing her beautiful Bonnie needed to be seen by a veterinarian but unsure how she was going to pay for the cost, Kiara reached out to Max’s Helping Paws for assistance.

Thanks to the generous community who supports pet companions just like Bonnie, Max’s was able to extend the assistance needed to get Bonnie to VCA All Pets. With this visit, Bonnie was able to receive the exam, medications and care needed to start recovering from her illness. Kiara took such quick action when she noticed Bonnie was ill that any long-lasting complications were avoided thanks to her responsible steps. Once treated, Bonnie was able to return healthy to Kiara as the two continue to seek out the next best steps for their world. We’re so glad you’re feeling better Bonnie!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner :

VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

Max the Mighty

Work got slow and I got laid off. I just want to help Max.

— Jeff —

A white German Shepherd is a rare site indeed! When Jeff met Max 3 years ago, the two fell immediately into a perfect companionship. From walks and play time to evenings relaxing at home, this dog and his person have been a fantastic pair.

In mid-February, Jeff began noticing Max was not behaving in his usual manner. He described him as “acting sad, moving slow, not eating and even vomitting.” Having lost his job due to COVID-related closures, making ends meet each month had become a constant challenge for Jeff. Recognizing his pal Max needed to be seen by a veterinarian, he reached out to Max’s Helping Paws to ensure his beloved companion received treatment.

Fortunately, with our Diagnostic Program, financial assistance is available for just such situations when qualified applicants request aid. Max was able to be seen at the Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center, where he was examined, provided appropriate medications and had testing done to ensure his illness was not a long term condition.

Thanks to Jeff acting on behalf of Max immediately, these two best buds were able to return home together after the veterinary visit. After rest and recovery, Max has been able to bounce back to his normal happy and healthy self once again.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center is a well-established, 24/7/365, full service, state-of-the-art hospital which is known for providing compassionate pet care as well as for our highly experienced and well-trained veterinary team that possess the ability to provide a wide range of veterinary services in our all-encompassing facility. MPVESC’s many capabilities and service areas exemplify the versatility of our practice, and we strive to be as flexible and effective as possible in all that we do.

Emergent Care For Jazzmine

I don’t have much money at this moment but my pet will come first before anything. I am so very grateful for people like you and everyone that donates who make this possible for people like myself going through tough times to not go even further behind.

— Christine —

During challenging times, often our beloved companions are the ones who support us the most, offering us constant love and playfulness during times which are stressful. This has been the case for Christine and Jazzmine throughout the past 7 years they have had together. Jazzmine became even more of a comfort during 2020 and some of the financial challenges which arose for Christine. She shared with us, “I am self employed my business is washing windows and cleaning mainly. My work has been greatly effected by COVID due to the several stay at home orders our state had incured over the past year. I’ve had probably over a 90% BUSSINESS LOSS. I am also at high risk due to health issues which has make it nearly impossible to preform my job. I have since lost my place to live, making me homeless.” Through these challenges, Jazzmine has been a joy and comfort for Christine, helping her keep motivated as they continue forward together during a difficult time.

In mid-February, the unthinkable happened when Jazzmine was hit by a truck. Christine immediately took her to Blue Pearl (formerly The Pet Specialists) and applied at Max’s Helping Paws at the same time. She explained what happened, “Jazzmine was hit by a truck earlier today. Luckily she was not killed and I am very grateful for that. However I think she might have some internal damage or something broken as she can not walk at all and yelps when ever she is moved.” Christine candidly shared her hope for her beloved Jazzmine, and her need for support when she went over the estimate of cost with us, “The nurse stated it would be $800 and all we can afford is $200. I am responsible for anything the grant would not cover but my pet needs to come before anything for me.”

When such unexpected crisis happens, Max’s Helping Paws is there! We understand how scary, devastating and overwhelming it is when crisis situations arise like Jazzmine’s. Our Critical Care/Short Term program is designed exactly for these types of situations and we were able to provide the assistance Jazzmine needed to obtain treatment.

From Christine and Jazzmine, “I am so very grateful for people like you and everyone that donates who make this possible for people like myself going through tough times to not go even further behind. I’m not even sure what I would have done if it weren’t for Maxs Helping Paws.”

We’re glad you and Jazzmine are together once again Christine, our thoughts are with you both.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Chikis’s Road To Health

My parents lost their job and I am now supporting them. We are trying to do everything we can for Chikis, please help if you can.

— Sergio —

For the past 8 years, this family of three has enjoyed the company of little Chikis, a tiny chihuahua mix pup. Even during the pandemic, Chickis has been a bright spot in their world, as Sergio shared, “Our beloved Chikis has been a great company for my elderly parents during this hard time of the pandemic and when they lost their jobs.” This beloved family member is an integral part of the household and when Chikis showed signs of illness in February, the family immediately took her to the veterinarian.

Upon learning Chikis had Addison’s disease, Sergio reached out to Max’s Helping Paws for financial support with treatment. He let us know, “My parents lost their jobs and I am now supporting them financially. Up until now my Chikis has been a healthy dog. We are trying to do everything in our means to help her as she has for us during all
this time.”

From three incomes, to living on one income due to pandemic job loss, this family wanted to provide treatment for Chikis but was not in a current position to do so. Thankfully, due to donor support, Max’s was able to establish Chestnut’s Crisis Fund in 2020, which offers assistance to families specifically impacted by COVID-19 job loss, and we were able to extend assistance for Chikis to receive the needed treatments. Chikis was able to receive medications, an observed hospital stay and other diagnostics to stabilize her Addison’s. After treatment, she was able to return healthy, happy and home to Sergio and his family once again.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Puppy’s Curiosity

It was so scary seeing him sick, I didn’t know how I was going to pay for his medical bill, I just wanted him to be ok.

— Alphonso —

We love them, snuggle them and train them…but sometimes even with the best attention possible…puppies will be puppies! Aries came to his forever home 4 months ago to stay with Alphonso, fast becoming a major part of the family unit. Doing all the responsible measures of getting Aries his initial vaccines and vet care, this family was enjoying every moment together.

In early February, Alphonso became very alarmed when Aries began having less energy and showing signs of weakness. As a 7 month old puppy, this behavior was extremely worrisome. Not sure what was happening, Alphonso began looking for signs of what could have happened, when he discovered an empy bottle of ibuprofen laying on the floor. Realizing Aries must have gotten curious and ingested any pills which were in the bottle, Alphonso reacted quickly by contacting Max’s Helping Paws as well as Blue Pearl (formerly The Pet Specialists) to get Aries the emergency help.

Alphonso shared his work had been limited in the past year and although he had enough funds for the normal puppy care of vaccines, vet visits and home care, he did not have the means necessary for an emergency veterinary visit of this nature. Fortunately, he had saved up $1,500 which could be used for Aries, yet this wasn’t going to be enough for the extended care, and so he reached out to Max’s. Knowing Alphonso was doing everything possible in his power to help his companion, and was qualified for assistance, Max’s was able to provide the additional funding needed to ensure Aries got the treatment he required.

Thankfully, after an overnight hospital stay, IV fluids, medications to counteract the ibprofen and consistent monitoring, Aries was able to make a full recovery into health. Whether it was his vibrant puppy-nature or his will to be back at home with his family, Aries responded quickly to the treatments and was soon healthy, happy and home with Alphonso once again. Next time Aries, only doggy treats for you!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hope For Chico

Chico is more than a pet to us he is like another child, my son’s only friend (single child).

— Camancho Family —

The last thing you expect when bringing home a beautiful puppy…is for them to need major surgery. 3 months ago, when the Camancho family adopted this 12 week old terrier into their home, they knew it was going to be a lifelone journey of love for them all. Choosing the name Chico, the family has enjoyed the last 3 months of getting to know their newest family member. Their only child has also become attached to this ball of energy named Chico, becoming fast friends full of love.

In mid-February, the Camancho’s became concerned when they noticed Chico limping. Keeping a close eye on the situation, they realized after a short time it was a limp which was not going away. They described what their next steps were, “I took him to the vet and they did X-rays and a surgery was recommened. We’ve had him on pain and anti-inflammatory medication to help but surgery is needed.”

When they reached out to Max’s Helping Paws, surgery was the last resort, but the necessary one for Chico’s leg. They shared all of the ways in which they had given Chico the best care possible before resorting to surgery, “We have tried medication, vet visits and surgery is the only solution to his problem, he is more than a pet to us he is like another child, my son’s only friend (he is a single child) I could not stand seeing Chico in pain and not able to use one of his legs.”

After so many vet visits, medications and diagnostics, the family’s resources were running out for Chico’s care. With her husband’s job impacted due to COVID and limited income, the family was overwhelmed by their desire to help Chico and the reality of financial difficulties in doing so. Max’s Helping Paws realizing in situations of financial hardship, often a family is faced with the decision to surrender their pet or economically euthanize them. Our goal is to be the rescue lifeline to ensure a family has another option – to keep their pet healthy, happy and home. It is thanks to our donor support and partner organizations Max’s was able to extend the assistance needed for Chico to receive his surgery. He is currently well on his way to recovery and walking without pain once again. Chico has received a chance at life!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner :

VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

Comfort for Chloe

My bills exceed my income due to the pandemic. Any assistance that can get Chloe immediate care would be appreiated.

— David —

Working as a caddie for many years, David and his 2 cats – including Chloe – have had a very stable and pleasant life the past 7 years together. When the pandemic started, times definitely became more challenging as financial stress began to compile with the instability of David’s caddie job. Still managing to provide for himself and 2 companion cats, David was thrown off entirely when Chloe began not eating.

He shared with us, “In past few days she is unable to eat her hard food. Appears a slight drool has developed.
We can see a redness swollen on tip of tongue. I work as a independent contractor for Pebble Beach company. My occupation is a caddie. Business is at a stand still and my cat is having a eating disorder of hard food. I am currently collecting Unemployment but not enough to leave emergency expenses.”

David did the next right step and contacted VCA All Pets for a phone call to get guidance, explaining “She has never had any troubles in her life. Sweet cat as many are but would appreciate any assistance that could get her immediate care. Speaking with a Vet they told me if she is not able to eat food that this can be very dangerous for her.” David recognized the seriousness of Chloe’s situation and inability to eat her food and reached out to Max’s Helping Paws to make sure his companion got the help she needed through our Diagnostic Program. With this program and offer of financial assistance, Chloe was able to be seen by VCA All Pets, receive the medications to help her sore mouth heal, and made a full recovery at home with David. Chloe is once again eating thanks to David’s attentiveness and the support of our donors which allowed the financial lifeline to provide a second chance at life for Chloe.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner :

VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

Mary, Mary, not contrary

I don’t have the funds needed…please help  my dog.

— Diane —

Living on a fixed income due to disability may be challenging at times, but Diane and her beautiful pup Mary know how to keep their lives full of gratitude and contentment. Having rescued Mary over 7 years ago, Diane has been an ideal ‘dog mom’ to Mary. They share many walks, snuggles and play times together as they journey through life.

In February, Mary noticed Mary wasn’t urinating properly and seemed to be having difficulty when trying to do so. She took her to VCA All Pets, where it was discovered Mary had kidney stones. While able to pay for the initial diagnostics, the surgery to remove the kidney stones for Mary was something Diane felt overwhelmed by on her limited resources. She shared candidly, “I do not have the funds to help my poor dog with her kidney stones. I can give my time volunteering in return for your help. Please help my dog.”

While Max’s Helping Paws doesn’t require any client to ever ‘repay’ us, it warmed our hearts to see the lengths Diane was willing to go to in order to ensure Mary obtained the care she needed. Thanks to our donors and partner organizations, we were able to extend assistance for Mary to receive her surgery and have the kidney stones removed. At Max’s, we understand that money should never be the reason a pet suffers, and we were honored to be able to assist in Mary’s journey toward health. Mary was able to receive the IV fluids, cystotomy (removal of stones), and the follow up care she needed to return healthy, happy and home to Diane once again.

With a wonderful update from Diane, she shared that Mary is doing SO much better and expressed “THANK YOU! You saved my little girl!”

 

About Our Veterinary Partner :

VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

Pearly Perilla

I’m doing my best to get back on my feet and Perilla needs help I can’t give her right now.

— Juan —

Blanket – check! Stuffed animal – check! Human – check! Life is pretty wonderful for this terrier mix named Perilla and her human. Living a simple life together with her human Juan, the two have been close ever since Juan brought Perilla home 2 years ago. She’s been such a special pup he would even like to breed her at some point so that her lineage continues.

In mid-February, this attentive owner noticed right away when Perilla didn’t seem to be her usual playful self. While Juan’s circumstances currently have him in a place of experiencing homelessness, he had no doubt about getting Perilla the help she needed right away. Juan shared his recent experience of being retired and suddenly put into financial hardships beyond his control, limiting his ability to get Perilla the help she needed. He shared what a sweet dog she is, and that he needed assistance in making sure her fever wasn’t something more dangerous for her.

With the Max’s Helping Paws Diagnostic program, this is exactly a type of situation we are able to provide quick assistance for. Perilla was able to be seen at VCA All Pets and receive medications to lower her fever and return back to Juan where he has been able to help her get the rest she needed to fully recover. We’re so grateful for owners such as Juan who make sure their pet companion has the proper care needed at all times, no matter the circumstances of life. Thank you Juan for being such a great ‘dog dad’!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner :

VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

Cutie Quila

Time was of the essence and we could not wait in order to save her life.

— Roxanne —

Many of the clients at Max’s Helping Paws come from extrenuating circumstances that limit their financial ability to provide the additional cost of emergency veterinary treatment a companion may need. Roxanne is one such client who came to us when her beautiful Quila began experiencing signs of no energy, bleeding and discomfort. Roxanne shares her story the best: “Hello, my pet’s name is Quila. I’m disabled with lupus and don’t work, I wish that my baby Quila gets better and I hate that I can’t rush her to the hospital like I would like. She is acting non responsive in a way, not eating and looks very uncomfortable. I’ve been trying to keep her clean and unfortunately, I’m not working right now. I don’t want anything to happen to her, she’s my baby. She looks like she’s hurting and would really wish for financial help because I know the pet hospital is expensive and I really would be sooo appreciative. Thank you so much.”

Roxanne and Quila qualified for our Diagnostic program, which allows for a pet companion to be seen by a veterinarian and receive any initial diagnostic testing needed to determine the cause of illness. With this program, Quila was able to be seen at Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Center where she received medications and tests to start her on the way to healing. Thanks to Roxanne being an attentive ‘pet mom’, she was able to get Quila the aid needed right away, preventing a more serious medical complication later on. We look forward to hearing more about Quila’s recovery soon!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center is a well-established, 24/7/365, full service, state-of-the-art hospital which is known for providing compassionate pet care as well as for our highly experienced and well-trained veterinary team that possess the ability to provide a wide range of veterinary services in our all-encompassing facility. MPVESC’s many capabilities and service areas exemplify the versatility of our practice, and we strive to be as flexible and effective as possible in all that we do.

Bella’s Blues

I’m a student and live on disability. I’m trying to take next steps forward in life but I’m not in a position to help my Bella. Please help her breathe better.

— Cassandra —

Beautiful Bella came into Cassandra’s life 7 years ago when a friend gifted her with this spunky puppy. Light, fluffy and full of energy, Bella has brought buckets of joy and a tad bit of mischief into Cassandra’s world. One of their favorite activities is cuddling and puppy pets, and one evening as Cassandra was showering pets on Bella, she noticed a bump on Bella’s chest. Not knowing what it was but recognizing it could be problematic, Cassandra wanted to do the right thing by Bella and get her seen by a veterinarian. However, being on disability as well as being a student, Cassandra’s finances were stretched tight, so when the veterinarian recommended surgery to have the mass removed, Cassandra felt overwhelmed with the financial expense.

Having heard about Max’s Helping Paws, Cassandra began having hope Bella could have the surgery needed to remove the mass. Cassandra shared with us, “Bella has a big lump in the middle of her chest that needs to be removed. It causes her to have problems breathing sometimes.” Knowing that any obstruction in breathing is a serious threat, Max’s was able to extend the financial assistance for Bella to have the mass removal surgery.

The latest reported was Bella was once again breathing normally and had returned to her spunky self once again! Thank you to our donors and partners who make it possible to allow companions such as Bella a second chance at life.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Dr. Timothy P. Cheney at the King City Veterinary Hopspital has been providing compassionate medical care for your pets for over 30 years. We are a full service small animal hospital located in South Monterey County. We at the King City Veterinary Hospital offer nothing less than high quality medical care. We go above and beyond to make you and your pet feel like a part of our family.

Lovable Addi

Addi is my love and I am unable to pay for the help she needs, anything you can do would be great.

— Erica —

When a companion is with you from the time they are a puppy, until they enter their Golden Years, they are no longer ‘just’ a pet, but a family member. Erica and Addi have been together through thick and thin and as Addi enters her later years, Erica has been there to love her along the way.

In mid-January, when Addi began displaying signs of urinary trouble and becoming lethargic, Erica immediately took action and began reaching out to Max’s Helping Paws to ensure Addi had the help she needed. Living on a fixed income and supporting them both, Erica shared that she had been able to pay for the initial visit and diagnostics for Addi, but the needed treatment was going to be beyond what she had available financially. While able to track there was a urinary obstruction and an enlarged bladder, more tests and observation were needed to determine what was causing the trouble to Addi.

Thanks to donors within the community and our partner organizations, Max’s was able to extend the assistance for Addi to have the overnight hospital stay and get the treatment needed. Due to Erica’s quick action in taking Addi to the vet, as well as reaching out to Max’s, Addi was able to receive the medicaions, fluids and treatment which allowed her to return happy, healthy and home to Erica once again.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Big Hearted Cedo

I’m only working part time because of COVID, Cedo got attacked and I need help to help him.

— Kim, Cedo's mom —

7 years ago, Kim couldn’t resist this beautiful, playful and bright eyed Pit Bull puppy when she went to pick out a forever companion. Little Cedo captured her heart straight from the beginning, and they have been the best of family ever since.

While out on a walk in late January, Kim was shocked when another dog came over and began attacking Cedo. She was able to get the dogs apart, but the other dog had already done damage to her baby Cedo by leaving a bite on the top of his head. Kim brought her baby home, cleaned him up and made sure he began resting immediately after his attack. She kept a very close eye on Cedo, and within 12 hours realized the swelling around the bite mark was not going down and Cedo needed to see a veterinarian.

As a concerned puppy mom, Kim shared with us she is also taking care of a friend’s dog currently as well and her finances are stretched tight with only being able to work part time due to COVID. Trying to make the ends meet at the end of the month, Kim has been doing her very best for both dogs this past year.

Thanks to our Chestnut’s Crisis Fund, which was established specifically for those experiencing financial hardship directly related to COVID-19, Max’s Helping Paws was able to extend the assistance needed for Cedo to be seen at Animal Hospital Mid Valley. With this treatment, Cedo was able to get the medications and care he needed to heal from the attack. Thank you to our donors and partner organizations for allowing Cedo to return happy, healthy and home.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Animal Hospital at Mid Valley is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in the Mid Valley Shopping Center in Carmel, CA. Our goal is to provide cost-effective, high quality health care for our patients, to tailor preventive approaches for each individual patient as appropriate. The professional and courteous staff at Animal Hospital at Mid Valley seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for our highly-valued patients and clients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Animal Hospital at Mid Valley strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Carmel, CA and the surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Animal Hospital at Mid Valley can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet. 

Some Relief For Fluffy

I have been unemployed since the pandemic started and my wife has been the only one
working. Fluffy is like family and we want him to have the surgery he needs.

— Nicacio —

For Nicacio and his wife, when they adopted Fluffy 11 years ago, he became like a child to them. This household of 3 has been full of joy ever since this beautiful poodle mix pup came into their lives. When the pandemic began, Nicacio became unemployed and his wife has been the sole provider of the home since that time. With things stretched tight, the last thing they expected was their beloved Fluffy to be diagnosed with painful hernias.

Nicacio shared with us there were 2 hernias on Fluffy needing to be removed so he could be comfortable and healthy. The family shard their love of Fluffy, and “he is like family to us. We want him to have the best possible treatment. We know he is suffering and this would help him feel better. We would be grateful for any help you can give.”

The family had already spent a good portion of money for the diagnostics to determine what was causing Fluffy’s discomfort, and they were able to contribute $500 more toward the surgery, but they still needed assistance. At Max’s Helping Paws, we believe money should never be the reason a companion does not receive treatment. After accepting Nicacio’s application for assistance, we were able to extend the additional funds Fluffy needed to have his hernias removed. We also realize the financial hardship COVID-19 has caused in families throughout the nation, including Monterey County, and our Chestnut’s Fund was able to provide the assistance for Fluffy to return healthy, happy and home to his human ‘mom and dad’.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner :

VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

Mighty Simba!

I was laid off in March 2020 and haven’t been able to get full time work since. Simba is suffering and I’m worried I’ll lose him.

— Isaiah —

A normally fiesty kitten, 6 month old Simba gave his owner Isaiah quite a scare when he began showing signs of illness. Isaiah described to us what was happening, “I notice my kitten wasn’t going to the restroom and I noticed he wasn’t as active as his siblings with loss of appetite. So my partner and I thought he was constipated just like another cat we have. When we woke up he wasn’t doing so great. His legs where shaking when he walked he tried to drink water but he would fall asleep or lay down next to the bowl. Simba would walk around the room squatting trying to go restroom but neither times was successful. Around 5:30 am we took him to the vet because he was looking worse and weaker. I was worried I was gonna lose him right then and there. So far I as knew, he hadn’t eaten or gone to the bathroom all day on January 20, 2020.”

This concerend family took action as soon as they realized something larger was going on with Simba than just an upset tummy. They described their experience with the vet, “Arriving at the vet we find out that he has a blockage of crystal causing a painful buildup and inability to urinate. Right now Simba is sedated with fluids, with a tube going inside to clear blockage. We are waiting for further notice, this is a serious matter our vet let us know. With losing my job in 2020 and only being able to find part time work here and there, we don’t have the money to help our beloved pet.”

With the loss of income due to COVID, Max’s Helping Paws was able to establish a Chestnut’s Crisis Fund especially for such families. Isaiah was one of many who experienced extreme financial hardship last year and Max’s was able to extend the assistance needed for Simba to continue his treatments to heal his urinary blockage. Simba was able to stay overnight in the hospital, receive IV fluids and medications which loosened the crystals and enabled him to return happy and home to Isaiah and his family once again.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

No ‘Fat Boy’ Here

I don’t get paid until Wednesday and all that money goes to bills, I need help for Fat Boy, he’s my family.

— Harlie —

Who would have thoughts this tiny pup would end up with a clever name like Fat Boy? While fat he is not, he certainly has been a bright spot in his owner Harlie’s life the past 8 years. Sometimes, the best gifts come in the small packages, and Fat Boy has been such a gift to Harlie all these years.

As a watchful owner, Harlie noticed right away when Fat Boy started to stumble and began vomitting one night in January. Concerned for her best friend, she rushed him to the veterinarian and reached out to Max’s Helping Paws at the same time. While Harlie was able to pay for a minimum of care, she knew she wouldn’t be able to afford any diagnostic testing if Fat Boy needed it. She shared her hardships over the past year with us and her desire to do whatever she needed to make sure her baby got the care he needed. Recognizing the need for this pup in crisis, Max’s was able to extend the assistance needed for Fat Boy to receive his diagnostics and medication for his upset tummy.

So often, our beloved companions aren’t able to tell us exactly what is wrong with them, but owners such as Harlie keep such a close eye out for their friends, that they recognize distress when they see it. Thank you Harlie for being such an excellent dog ‘momma’ and taking care of your boy. It is thanks to our donors and partner organizations Max’s was able to extend the assistance needed for this ‘Fat Boy’ to return home and healthy with his momma.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner :

VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

Casmo’s Condition

I can pay for his medications, but I can’t pay for the bloodwork he needs, please help my old friend.

— Cassie —

Cassie and Casmo, a perfectly wonderful name pairing for a perfectly named pair! Neither of these two are quite sure who is the luckier of the pair, owner Cassie, or perfect pup Casmo. As Casmo is entering his Golden Years, he has begun experiencing all the things we do as well – a little joint and hip pain mixed in with a bit of slowness. Cassie has been diligently keeping him as healthy and comfortable as possible, making sure he doesn’t put any extra stress on his hips these days.

As Casmo’s hip progresses, he struggles more and more to get up and down. Thankfully, his medications help ease his discomfort and he is able to manage in as little pain as possible for an old soul. The next steps for Casmo is to evaluate his medications to ensure he is on the correct dosage. Cassie has been able to manage to afford these medications for some time, but new blood work needed to be done to verify Casmo was receiving the correct dosage. Cassie reached out to Max’s Helping Paws for assistance with the blood work, sharing, “I have enough money to pay for his medications, but I need help to pay for the blood work. He won’t be able to get the next stage of medication without the blood work and I don’t want to see my friend suffer.”

We understand how important it is to try and keep our companions in as little pain as possible, especially during their Golden Years. As Cassie qualified for assistance, we were able to extend the means necessary to enable Casmo to get his blood work done. Now, Casmo is still able to continue his pain medication safely and ease his discomfort as much as possible. Enjoy your Golden Years Casmo!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner Who Helped Honey:

Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary practice, with a focus is to provide your pet with the very best professional care possible.We know that exemplary medical care is just part of what you expect for your pet. You also want people who will love your pet the way you do. At Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital, you’ll find caring and compassionate people who, like you, prioritize your pet’s health and well-being.

Delicate Dalia

I just don’t have the money to take Dalia to the vet, her breathing is scary and I want her to be able to breath easier.

— Iriam —

Iriam and Dalia have been the best of friends for 7 years, when a friend gifted this spot of sunshine to Iriam. Needing to stay home a bit more than expected due to a disability, these two have become each other’s lifeline to hope over the past years.

Being an attentive owner, Iriam noticed when Dalia’s breathing began shifting, seeming more shallow and troubled. As a responsible owner, she kept a very close eye on Dalia and reached out to Max’s Helping Paws when the breathing continued to be labored. She shared that due to being on a fixed income through disability, she was barely able to make sure the two of them had a place to live and food. She wanted what was best for Dalia and reached out to acquire funding for a veterinary visit to determine what was causing the difficulty breathing.

Thanks to our Diagnostic program, we were able to extend assistance to Iriam and Dalia, allowing the opportunity for a veterinary visit and initial exam to determine what was causing the trouble. It was with gratitude that the cause was going to be manageable with the use of medication, and Dalia was able to return home with Iriam where they were both able to have a little peace that Dalia’s breathing would be regulated back to normal.

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Animal Health Center

Animal Health Center is proud to serve the Salinas/ Monterey area for everything pet related. Our veterinary clinic and animal hospital is run by Patty Ferguson, RVT, (registered veterinary technician) and her team of licensed Veterinarians.Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise.

Lovin’ Louie

He is our family. And my daughter’s best friend. He’s our special little guy.

— Jessica —

When so much of the world was needing to shut down for safety, one of those places was the museum restuarant Jessica worked at. She, her daughter and their beloved Louie all made the hard decision to move to Monterey in order to be closer to family during such a difficult year. Jessica’s one who has always been willing to work, and work hard, so when her brother was able to start her part-time at his business, she jumped at the opportunity to earn money for herself and family.

In January, Jessica and her daughter were distressed to see their family buddy, Louie, seemed to be in pain and discomfort. Not knowing what was happening, they took him to Blue Pearl (formerly The Pet Specialists) in order to determine what was happening and how Louie could be helped. After some initial tests, it was discovered Louie had an internal blockage and surgery was recommended. Jessica knew Louie needed the care, but was overwhelmed by the financial cost of the surgery. She was told of Max’s Helping Paws and applied with us. She shared part of their story, “My brother/employer currently pays a majority of my rent, until I am able to work full time. I just found care for my daughter and should be able to reach full time this month. I have 1000.00 in savings and am willing to put that towards Louie’s care. I have spent $600 this week on radiograms and medication for his symptoms. He is our family. And my daughter’s best friend. He’s our special little guy.”

Recognizing the need, and the positive prognosis if the surgery was done, Max’s was able to extend the assistance which allowed Louie to have the surgery he needed to remove the blockage. During an especially hard year due to so much COVID-related income loss, we are eternally grateful to our donors and partner organizations who allow families like Louie’s to stay together – happy and healthy at home.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All The Tastey Things – Rocky’s Hard Lesson

We’re so scared for Rocky. He’s so little and we’ve done everything we can. My partner is the only one working right now and we just can’t afford to get Rocky the help he needs.

— Morales Family —

The Morales family was so excited to bring 3 month old Rocky into their home a few weeks ago! They immediately began getting his puppy shots and treatments so he could keep growing into a healthy boy. When Rocky began having diarrhea and vomitting, the family was scared he had gotten Parvo, which can be a life-and-death struggle for puppies.

The family reached out to Max’s for support in diagnosing what was causing the trouble for Rocky. They shared that as a family of 3, with a new baby, they were doing the very best they could for their family. The Morales’s shared that although only on one income due to COVID, they had still been able to save up the money for Rocky’s initial puppy visits and care. However, they did not expect anything like what was happening to their new family member and were scared for his life.

Knowing time was of the essence for Rocky, Max’s was able to extend the assistance needed to determine what was causing his vomitting and diarrhea. At The Blue Pearl, Rocky was able to receive the x-rays, IV fluids, medications and hospital stay to stabilize him and save his life. Keeping us up-to-date on what was happening, the Morales’s got in touch with us right away once Rocky was stabilized. “I just wanted to let you know Rocky is doing so much better now. He was dehydrated due to the little rascal getting into some pebbles and wires. We brought him home today and he’s doing so much better. Thank you for helping us so our puppy get the help he needed.”

Thank goodness this family acted so quickly for their newest family member! No matter how diligent we are, puppies do have the tendency to eat anything in their path. Luckily, thanks to the Morales’s attention, Rocky will have the opportunity to continue growing into a handsome dog companion with his family.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sparty’s Special Care

There is no way I will be able to cover the cost of surgery for my best buddy without assistance.

— Meredith —

A family of two, this companion named Spartacus and his owner Meredith have made a dynamic duo for over 7 years now. As a musician and artist, Sparty has been Meredith’s biggest fan throughout the years. When 2020 happened, many changes took place in their lives, one of which was Spartacus becoming ill. Meredith shares their story below.

“I have had no income for most of 2020 and very limited income in the prior year. There is no way that I will be able to cover the cost of surgery for my best little buddy without assistance. This surgery will give him a reasonable quality of life for hopefully many more years to come. WIthout it, he will lose the use of not just the leg with the injury, but likely the other leg as well due to having to compensate for the loss of the use of the injured leg as a result of existing luxating patella issues. I’ve included my pre-COVID paystub, but am unable to include a current paystub because I am unemployed with no income. I have already incurred nearly $900 in diagnostic fees in just one week. Now it’s been determined that my pup has elevated liver enzymes and that we must determine the cause of this issue before we can even discuss surgery. I cannot afford these diagnostics either, but am applying for help with the surgery given that the cost will be greater than the diagnostics, I think. If there is a way to apply for help with both diagnostics and treatment I’d be so grateful to know how to proceed with that. The estimate of surgical cost came from the ER vet. We are proceeding with our local vet who I will see this afternoon to work on the liver diagnostics.”

Meredith had been doing her very best for herself and Spartacus during an especially difficult year. At Max’s Helping Paws, we understand that life circumstances have shifted this past year and brought many financial hardships to families. For Spartacus, we were able to extend the assistance needed for his first steps in care. He was able to receive the initial treatment needed, yet during the process it was discovered he had Cushing’s, a lifelong condition which Meredith will need to monitor closely. Had Meredith not acted quickly to get Sparty the care he needed, his condition could have worsened to a life-threatening state. Now, we will be able to work together to ensure Spartacus has the care and treatment he needs to be as healthy as possible during his Golden Years with Meredith.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner Who Helped Honey:

Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary practice, with a focus is to provide your pet with the very best professional care possible.We know that exemplary medical care is just part of what you expect for your pet. You also want people who will love your pet the way you do. At Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital, you’ll find caring and compassionate people who, like you, prioritize your pet’s health and well-being.

Rufi’s Recovery

Rufi is my true companion.

— Markus —

For over 12 years, Rufi has been a delight and inspiration to his human owner Markus. These two gentleman have a long lasting bond which has seen them through many changes over the years, one of which is Markus becoming disabled unexpectedly in the past year. Little Rufi was right by Markus’s side as he underwent extensive medical treatments.

In early January, it was Markus’s turn to provide support for Rufi. As a pup with diabetes and enjoying his Golden Years, Rufi also began having complications in his eye sight. Slowly, he was developing cataracts in his eyes, causing him to stumble and become a very anxious companion. As Rufi’s condition progressed, Markus became more and more concerned as Rufi’s blood pressure also increased with the anxiety of going blind. Living on a fixed income as well as still paying his own medical bills, Markus reached out to Max’s Helping Paws for assistance. he shared, “Rufi is my true companion and watching is eyesight go, and the resulting anxiousness he constantly experiences as a result is what has driven me to seek financial assistance to help better his overall quality of life. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!!”

Markus had saved as much money as possible and borrowed money from relatives for Rufi’s care, yet it still fell short of the needed funds. Max’s was able to fill that gap in funds as we offered assistance to Rufi for his cataract surgery. We realized once the anxiety was lessened, his blood pressure would go down as well as create a safer environment for him to live in. Similar to humans, sometimes our companions just need to know they’re safe before they can get healthy again.

After receiving the surgery, Markus was full of gratitude and reached back out to us to share about Rufi’s recover. “Thank you for your wonderful gifts for Rufi, he can SEE, all thanks 🙏 to your help!!!! I am so so so so grateful to you & please let all others know how much it means to us. The vet helped reduce the cost & your help made the impossible happen(thanks Max) I don’t have the $, the gracious people who did this – I want to thank you for all you did. Rufis deep Brown Eyes 👀 are able to see cuz of you all!! XO Markus”

We are thrilled Rufi is able to see once again and look forward to hearing how his anxiety, and thus blood pressure, continues to lower. Be well gentleman!

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Just as with human medicine, there are occasions when your veterinarian might suggest a referral to an eye specialist to better meet your pet’s needs.

Ann Gratzek, DVM, Diplomate ACVO and Elizabeth Curto, DVM, Diplomate ACVO, along with their team are here to help. We will work together with your veterinarian to diagnose and treat all conditions affecting the eye of your beloved pet.

                                       We strive to create a comfortable, pain-free and stress-free environment for our patients.

Helping Harvest

Harvest Moon is our newest family member, we want her to feel better but I’m not able to afford it right now after moving across the country with the military.

— Mylissa —

When Mylissa found this beautiful black stray kitten 3 months ago, her heart was delighted and she knew right away this kitten had found a forever home with her! Deciding on the name Harvest Moon, this single mom and active military member was thrilled to be able to bring a bright spot into her family’s home.

Being in the military, one common occurrence is moving. Mylissa and her small family found themselves transferred from Virginia to California near the end of 2020. With the transition into a new location still causing some confusion in the household, the family was slowly getting situated. In early January, being a responsible pet owner, Mylissa took Harvest Moon to get spayed. A normal procedure that went well, it wasn’t until a few days later than Harvest Moon began having difficulty breathing. Mylissa had used her funds to get the spay done but knew that Harvest needed to be seen for her distressed breathing.

After the cost of moving, this unexpected care on their brand new family member was more than Mylissa was able to afford. She reached out to Max’s Helping Paws and shared, “Harvest Moon is just a baby, I know she’ll be alright if she’s able to get the help she needs, but I just can’t manage it right now. Any help you can give my new baby would be great.”

At Max’s, we strive to offer second chances to pet companions and their owners any time we are able to. Little 3 month old Harvest Moon needed that second chance. Thanks to the help of our donors, Harvest was able to receive the diagnostic tests which showed where some of the breathing difficulty was coming from and get the medications needed to alleviate the stressful breathing. Since then, Harvest Moon has returned to her forever home with Mylissa and her family, once again being the rambunctious and playful kitten she was before.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner :

VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

Caring For Colin

Between paying my own medical bills and loss of income this past year, I feel overwhelmed with Colin’s required surgery. Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

— Judy —

Often, our clients are better able to share their story than we are. When Jody came to us in concern for her beloved Colin’s eye, she sought only to keep her companion healthy and comfortable while dealing with high blood pressure and eye surgery.

We’ll let her tell the story, “Hello, the Pet Ophthalmologist recommended you to me for financial help with my cat. He has to have surgery on Saturday Jan 9th to remove his eye due to a recent spike in his blood pressure which caused a rupture in his eye. That happened on December 28th. Colin is vital and loves life and is in very good shape for being a 20 yr old cat. I’ve been incurring $100’s of vet bills over the last 2 weeks with Carmel Valley Vet trying to bring his blood pressure down and possibly save the eye but the Ophthalmology for Animals vets say the surgery is mandatory at this time. The surgery estimate at $1829.00. I’ve paid $1077.18 in vet bills since Dec 28th. dealing with his condition. All of this is quite a hardship because I’m on a limited income and I am paying off a Cancer Surgery treatment I had August 2020. Thank you for any help you can provide.”

Not only were the medical bills becoming unmanagable for both Judy and Colin, Judy also explained her financial situation due to COVID. “My business is digital marketing for service based local clients and because of Covid people have cancelled their marketing services and are not eager to spend money on marketing if they can’t
provide services on a consistent basis.” Between everything occurring in 2020, Judy knew she needed to take steps for Colin so he could have the surgery that would allow him to become comfortable once again, especially during his Golden Years.

Cases like these and so many others are the reason Max’s Helping Paws exists. To truly be the difference between a pet companion receiving crisis medical attention which can alleviate suffering, or not. We are grateful to say that thanks to our donors and partners, we were able to extend the matching funding needed for Colin to receive his surgery. He is once again home with Judy where they can thrive together as they continue to work on his blood pressure regulation.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Just as with human medicine, there are occasions when your veterinarian might suggest a referral to an eye specialist to better meet your pet’s needs.

Ann Gratzek, DVM, Diplomate ACVO and Elizabeth Curto, DVM, Diplomate ACVO, along with their team are here to help. We will work together with your veterinarian to diagnose and treat all conditions affecting the eye of your beloved pet.

                                       We strive to create a comfortable, pain-free and stress-free environment for our patients.

Ranger Danger!

I’m currently on short term disability due to a pregnancy loss and my husband works 2 days a weeks and goes to school the remainder of the week.

— Ramier Family —

3 year old Ranger is an important part of the Ramier Family. Having adopted Ranger as a pup, this military family has been blessed by this family member ever since they brought him home. What the family didn’t realize when they brought him home, was that Ranger suffered from a genetic heart murmur and arthritis, even at such a young age. The family has been attentive to his needs throughout his whole life and are on constant guard to ensure Ranger is safe and healthy.

In early January, the Ramier’s came to Max’s Helping Paws when his medical bills began to exceed what they were able to afford. They share their story the best, “When we adopted Ranger we were aware he had a grade II-III heart murmur, valley fever and arthritis. Currently he is now in heart failure with an enlarged heart and fluid build up in his abdomen. He is currently at Pet Specialist of Monterey. I took him to Peace of Mine yesterday and after they ran
test they encouraged I take him to emergency. He’ll be at PSM for 1-2 nights for IV lasix and a paracentesis as well as oxygen to help him breath. They are quoting his treatment to be anywhere from $2,100-$4,000. I just spent $500 at Animal health center due to urinary issues back in November and am waiting on the bill from peace of mind for the work they did yesterday. I’m currently on short term disability due to a pregnancy loss and my husband works 2 days a weeks and goes to school the remainder of the week (online courses). Right now we do it have any extra finances, but I want to do everything I can to take care of Ranger and be able to bring him home after this and manage him his best condition with medication. We adopted a Ranger knowing he had medical issues and hopes we could be the ones to give him the love and attention he needed with his special needs. I’m a nurse myself so I’m glad I caught the signs of fluid build up when I did. Any amount of financial assistance would be greatly appreciated.”

Rest in Peace Ranger. See Ranger’s Video 

 
About Our Veterinary Partner:

Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Gentle Giant

I'm on ssid and I am very low on funds. This was an emergency visit.

— Anna —
This distinguished Pit Bull named Remmington is a true gentleman to all those he encounters. He has been a lovable, happy and playful companion to his owner Anna for the past 3 years. As a student who often spends time at home studying, Anna has been grateful to have such a constant companion to lend her encouragement while she gets her work done. As an attentive owner, Anna noticed when Remmington began sneezing consistently for a couple of days in a row. Realizing the threat of fox tails in dogs noses can be a real danger, Anna wanted to get Remmington checked at the veterinarian right away. As a student and living with assistance, Anna reached out to Max's Helping Paws so that Remmington could get the diagnostics needed to determine what was causing the sneezing. Recognizing that we all want to be able to act quickly when our pets are unwell, Max's was able to extend assistance through our Diagnostic program. Once the assistance was granted, Remmington was able to receive a nasal scope exam and removal of any items in his nose. Thanks to Anna taking quick action for Remmington and reaching out to Max's Helping Paws, the matter was able to be kept under control and treated without causing extensive pain to Remmington. We're glad you're home again and healthy Remmington!      
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Shiny Pearl

I'm a hair dresser and am out of work again because of COVID. I've spent all I had on Pearl's care already.

— Tina —
Five years ago, while out and about one day, Tina heard a small sound which led her to a tiny ball of fluff. This little kitten was lost and alone, and Tina knew she had found a new family member. Deciding upon the name Pearl, Tina and her new friend became fast companions in their world together.The bond between them helped make the past year more bearable as Tina, being a hairdresser, had to shift multiple times from working to not working throughout the year due to COVID. With the latest shelter in place happening at the end of the year, Pearl and Tina spent a quiet holiday season together at home. In early January, Tina noticed Pearl was showing signs of discomfort when she would pet her, and she also noticed Pearl did not seem to be producing any stool in her litter box. Concerned for her 'fur baby', Tina took Pearl to the veterinarian where they were able to assess a blockage and Pearl got the treatment she needed to return home. Only 3 weeks later, Tina noticed Pearl was no longer having any bowel movements, was not eating properly and her back legs seemed to be wobbly. After spending her savings on the last round of care for Pearl, Tina reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance with this very unexpected second round of treatment needed. Tina shared, "Due to the situation with COVID and this second problem for Pearl, I'm unable to afford any more for her care. Any assistance you can provide would be so helpful." Thanks to our donors in the community and partners, Max's was able to extend assistance to Pearl so she could have the second round of treatment needed to start healing again. While it is always challenging when our companions are unwell, it can be even more distressing during time of great financial hardship. At Max's, we are grateful to be able to extend assistance to bridge the gap between veterinary care needed and financial hardships. We hope you continue to heal Pearl!    
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

Blocked Up

We'll do whatever we need to in order to save Otto and we are reaching out for assistance to save his life.

— Edgar —
When the family companion isn't feeling well, everyone become tense and anxious as they do their best to make sure their furry family member is comfortable. Edgar and his family have enjoyed Otto as a part of their family for over 3 years, and being responsible owners, noticed right away when Otto began showing signs of distress. From what they witnessed, Otto was having difficulty going to the bathroom and seemed to be in pain. With great concern, they took him to the veterinarian for treatment and discovered there was a urinary blockage causing many troubles for Otto. Although unemployed due to COVID, this family was able to pay almost $3,000 toward the initial treatment of Otto to unobstruct his urinary tract. While at first it seemed this was successful, they soon found another blockage and more treatment was needed. The veterinarian working with Edgar gave us some more insights into their situation by explaining, "These Owners are great--have never hesitated in wanting to give Otto anything he needs despite being unemployed. I tried to send Otto home after unblocking him, but this morning he re-obstructed and I had to re-cath him. I spoke with the surgeon and he indicated a heart murmur and will require a precautionary emergent Cardiac Echo and a Perineal Urethrotomy (since he re-blocked for a second time). Edgar indicated they will do whatever is needed for Otto as he is a family member, not just a cat." With their finances stretched to a breaking point, Edgar and his family reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance with the second blockage. Edgar shared, "We already paid $2600 out of pocket and applied for help with care credit today we have 3 kids and a dog at home we miss our cat he is a family member and would really love your help." This family was doing everything possible to ensure Otto was able to receive the care he needed and not suffer anymore. It was with gratitude to our donors in the community that Max's was able to extend the assistance needed to bridge the gap between cost of treatment and financial hardship on the family. Otto has been able to receive the second treatment to unobstruct his urinary tract and was able to return home to Edgar and his family. While they are still on careful watch over his progress, it seems the life-threatening condition for Otto has passed.    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Kitten’s Journey

With so many medical bills for my wife's care this year, this unexpected cost for Zoey is overwhelming. Anything you can do would help.

— James —
When you adopt a new companion into your home, it is a day full of joy, love and often many smiles! 3 months ago, when James and his wife brought home this sweet kitten and named her Zoey, they felt their little family was complete. As a retired senior on disability and his wife experiencing medical issues, having this ball of fluff in their home brought a new sense of happiness and lightness to their lives. While they expected the joy, they did not expect Zoey to suddenly become ill in late December. They noticed she began vomitting, was lethargic and was not eating normally. Taking her to the veterinarian, they learned that she had high kidney values, low red blood cell and high white blood cell counts. More diagnostics were going to be needed to stabilize Zoey but they had spent more than they anticipated already on the initial tests. That's when James reached out to Max's Helping Paws to bridge the gap between their financial hardships and the treatment Zoey needed. James explained, "My wife has Ankylosing Spondylitis , an autoimmune disease requiring me to be a full time caregiver. This drained our finances to zero prior to Medicare. Since I was an exempt employee for the state I didn't pay into Social Security and only get a minimal amount from other side work. I get just enough to pay for my Medicare but only a small portion of my wife's. We didn't expect Zoey getting sick but want to do right for her." At Max's Helping Paws, we realize that life sometimes give us more challenges than we can conquer at times. Knowing that James and his wife are responsible pet owners trying to do their best by Zoey, we were able to extend the assistance needed for Zoey's further diagnostics. Once the veterinarian determined what was causing the lethary and vomitting, Zoey was able to receive the medications and treatment needed to begin her recovery. Thanks to this support available through our donors in the community, Zoey is once again a healthy 4 month old kitten with life to live!    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Figuring Out The Problem For Precious

Precious has taught each one of us what is is to love unconditionally, and forgive despite her past.

— Monica —
Normally foot loose and fancy free, enjoying the fresh air of car rides, Precious makes the ideal traveling companion for her owner Monica - even if that's just rides to the grocery store these days. Since Monica found Precious 7 years ago as a stray, she has been an integral part of their family. Our companions help us grow and teach us so much! For Monica and her family, they shared that the biggest lesson has been that, "Precious has taught each one of us what it is to love unconditionally, and forgive despite her past." In late December, Precious began showing signs of fever, not eating and excess panting in distress. The family knew that Precious needed to see a veterinarian to receive care but did not have the means to be able to assist her. Monica shared her hope for assistance the best, "We love Precious. She was surrendered to us because they knew we would take care of her and provide her a humble yet loving home. She is our family. This is the holidays and this situation has caught us off guard. Nonetheless, we still want Precious to get the care she needs and deserves.  Our home truly feels lonely without her and we were reaching out for help to bring her home." This beautiful family member needed assistance and Max's Helping Paws was able to extend the means needed for the treatment thanks to our community donors and partners. Precious had an overnight stay at the hospital where she received IV fluids, an x-ray and medications to help stabilize her condition. It was thanks to the attentiveness of Monica and her family acting so quickly that Precious was able to get the help she needed. After the treatment, Precious was able to return home to her family where she was pampered and loved back to health. She will once again be eagerly riding with the family on outings and sharing the joy of life with all.    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Emergency Action Needed!

With a baby on the way, this unexpected expense is more than we can handle. We didn't expect anything like this to ever happen.

— Strenck Family —
This military family of 2 humans and 2 canines is about to get a little larger, as they are expecting a baby on the way soon! At the end of a challenging year, this family was celebrating the holidays and getting ready for their newest family member when the unexpected happened to their beloved German Shephard/Husky named Lucy. They described, "While being dog-sat, she ran out the door and was hit by a car. She has injury’s to her back legs and we want to make sure she does not have internal injuries. We have been able to take care of stitching up her back leg injuries but are waiting for results on whether or not she has internal injuries." Sometimes, no matter what steps we take to ensure our companion's care, accidents can happen when we least expect it. The Strenck Family took immediate steps to get Lucy treatment, and as the cost of treatments began to compile, they reached out to Max's Helping Paws for any assistance we could provide. They shared their situation, "We currently have a baby on the way and have not been totally untouched by Covid. With preparing for the baby, we did not expect this to happen. We love our dog and are willing to pay whatever is needed but it would keep us from falling into intense debt if we had some assistance with this." It was with support from our community donors and supporting organizations that Max's was able to extend the assistance needed to keep this family from sinking into a debt beyond what they could handle while expecting a baby. We look forward to hearing about Lucy's full recovery soon, as well as send a huge congratulations to the Strenck family on their upcoming addition of joy!    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Emy’s Misstep

Emy is my baby and I want her to be able to have the care that she needs and deserves. Please help me.

— Karen —
Emy and Karen have been a friendly pair seen around town the past 12 years as they enjoy walking the neighborhood together for fresh air. During their 12 years together, this pair has gone through all the ups and downs life has to offer - and mostly with a smile! In mid-December, quite unexpectedly, Emy landed wrong Karen was deeply distressed by the painful limping Emy began after the fall. She was concerned more damage had been done and reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance with emergency treatment for Emy. Karen explained, "Since COVID, I lost a job and have been struggling to just pay rent. I know Emy needs help but I'm not able to afford anything unexpected like this right now." As a responsible pet owner, Karen realized that in order for Emy to heal, she needed some assistance in order to go see the emergency clinic. Once the assistance was provided, Emy was able to get the exam, x-rays and medications she needed to have her leg reset and placed in a cast. Even at 12 years old, this beautiful pup still has many years left, and having her bone heal with the proper care will ensure she continues to have many more walks with Emy in their neighborhoods.    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This Little ‘Rock’

With both of us losing our jobs this year, we didn't know what else to do.

— Fuller Family —
With a name like Rocky, this tiny ball of energy has a lot to live up to! This Yorkshire Terrier named Rocky joined the Fuller family 5 years ago as a small puppy, and has stayed small! This family of 3 has experienced their share of challenges during 2020, with both adults losing their jobs due to COVID-19. While Rocky has been enjoying the extra family walk time, this has certainly caused some hardships as the family has navigated what their next steps will be. While out on one of their family walks to keep healthy, the family was surprised and shocked when a larger dog came over and attacked Rocky. While his name may imply it, this pup is no fighter! Scared and overwhelmed, the Fuller's rushed Rocky to the emergency veterinarian clinic, where they spent over $3,000 on his initial care to save his life. They shared, "We had put all of our money into a savings to move, which was a little over $3,000. We had to use all of this money for the ER visit to save Rocky." Once he was stabilized, surgery was going to be needed to repair the damage done by the other dog. The Fuller's wanted Rocky to receive this surgery but had reached a financial breaking point with what means they had. Not sure where else to go, they reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance with the surgery. Thanks to our donors and partners such as The Doris Day Foundation, we were able to bridge the financial gap for Rocky and he received the surgery he needed to live. Thank you to our supporters for saving this pup's life!  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rockin’ Rocky

Your help gave him the chance at a comfortable life again!I lost almost all of my work due to COVID and didn't have any money to help Rocky get the help he needed.

— Linda —
Hot dog anyone? Wait! That's not a hot dog, that's just lovable Rocky dressed up and ready to spread smiles with his family on Halloween. This amiable pooch named Rocky just adores his family, even if he doesn't understand why they dress him up sometimes! Linda and her spouse received Rocky from a friend 2 years ago and he has been an integral part of their family ever since. With 3 other pet companions at home, their house is full of energy and love each day. Being a young pup at only 2 years old, Linda was surprised when Rocky began developing a bump on his chest. As a responsible owner, she kept a very close eye on the spot for any growth or changes. In early December, Linda was dismayed to see that Rocky seemed to be sensitive and in pain if the mass was touched. She wanted him to see a veterinarian immediately but was overwhelmed with the thought of the cost for diagnostics on the mass. Linda and her husband are both retired seniors who live on a very restricted income, while now also helping support their daughter who had recently lost her job due to COVID-19. With finances so tight for the family, Linda realized outside help would be needed to ensure Rocky received the diagnostic testing for the mass on his chest. She reached out to Max's Helping Paws and shared, "Rocky is a part of our family. We love him so much and don't want to see him suffer. Anything you can do would help so much!" At Max's, we understand that even during normal circumstances it can be daunting to face unexpected costs for our beloved pet. With such a challenging year as 2020, we realize even more how difficult it can be to provide the care our companions need. Thanks to our generous community partners, we were able to extend financial assistance for Rocky to receive the diagnostic tests he needed. It turns out his mass had become infected, and with the help of medications and cytology tests to determine non-cancerous material, Rocky was able to remain with his family and recover from his infection. Thankfully, he is once again happy and healthy with his beloved family - we can't wait to see what he dresses up like for next Halloween!    
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

It’s Pinko, Not Plunko

He's my best friend.

— Roman —
While this sweet Jack Russel Terrier named Pinko may not have a lot in common with the game show Plunko, one thing they have in common is fun! When Roman brought Pinko into his world 7 years ago, this ball of energy completed their little family. Whether playing on the beach or enjoying time at home, these two have become inseperable companions of support and love for each other. In early December, their normal routine was interrupted when Pinko began having unexpected seizures. Full of fear and concern for his companion, Roman rushed Pinko to The Pet Specialists of Monterey for care. At the same time, Roman also reached out to Max's Helping Paws for financial assistance to ensure Pinko would be able to have access to treatment. Living on a fixed income, Roman knew that while he would be able to contribute some to Pinko's care, it may not be enough. Roman shared that without the treatment and diagnostics, Pinko may need to be put to sleep. One of critical aspects of Max's Helping Paws is to be the lifeline to treatments of pets in a health crisis. Without the assistance we are able to provide thanks to donors and partners such as AWAG, companions like Pinko would not have a second chance at life. Thanks to this support, Pinko was able to receive the diagnostic tests which enabled Roman to make responsible decisions about next steps in treatment. This family will now be able to remain together, as Pinko's seizures will be managed with medication and care from his human family.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sugar’s So Sweet!

I've had her since she was a puppy, she's so special.

— Selena —
When our precious pooch is in pain, we often feel sympathy pains of hurt for our companions. As a full time student as well as employee, Selena felt this distress when she realized her fur baby Sugar seemed to be in pain. Having received Sugar 10 years ago, Selena was well tuned-in to Sugar's normal behaviors and realized when a change occurred. Sugar showed lack of appetite and there was also a lump on her pelvic area which seemed tender to the touch. Being a responsible pet owner who is conscientiously paying her schooling as she goes, Selena knew her budget would be limited in obtaining treatment for Sugar. She reached out to Max's Helping Paws as a starting place for assistance with diagnostic testing for Sugar. X-rays were needed to determine the nature of the mass on Sugar, and while Selena was able to afford a portion of the cost, she needed assistance in filling the gap of cost so that her fur baby could be diagnosed. With thanks to our donors and partners, Max's Helping Paws was able to extend assistance toward the cost of x-rays which Sugar needed. This first step of diagnostics allows owners an opportunity to obtain all the facts about their companions health and how they can best move forward to keep them healthy and comfortable. For Sugar, she was able to receive the x-rays that started her journey toward health for her, and a journey toward peace of mind for Selena. Thank you to all our contributors who make this opportunity possible.  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

More Answers Needed For Zoey

She's our baby, we just want her to be comfortable.

— Ball Family —
Fluffy, alert and full of energy even at 9 years old, this beautiful Aussie pup named Zoey is an integral part of the Ball Family. Through thick and thin, Zoey has been a shining bright spot in this family's life, especially during 2020 when COVID-related changes caused financial hardships. Zoey's constant playfulness and spirit have continued to shine throughout the difficult year. In early December, the Balls noticed Zoey was acting as if she may be in pain. They described, "she is not putting any weight or pressure on right rear leg/paw and is limping. Her appetite is very different, she has a sad look on her face and cannot get up fast. She takes time to walk and seems very uncomfortable." Being responsible pet owners, they knew the first step in helping Zoey would be taking her to the veterinarian to have diagnostic testing done on her right hind leg. However, with the COVID-related job loss, their finances were being stretched to pay day-to-day living expenses. Having heard about Max's Helping Paws Diagnostic program, the Ball Family reached out for assistance during Zoey's crisis. With the Diagnostic program, pet companions receive the next steps needed to determine what is causing their ailment. Often, with bloodwork, x-rays or a consultation, a companion is able to start their road to treatment and health. Being qualified candidates, Max's Helping Paws was able to extend assistance to Zoey's for the diagnostic work. With these tests, it was determined Zoey had a lytic lesion - or soft spot - on her hind leg bone, causing her discomfort. Wanting to keep Zoey as comfortable as possible, they were able to receive a treatment plan of medications which allows for more mobility and less pain. With the diagnostics, the Ball family was able to make responsible and informed decisions about how to best keep Zoey comfortable and healthy. About Our Vet Partners Toro Park Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Our veterinarians have more than ten years of experience treating serious conditions and offering preventative health care. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and low stress , so your pet can relax in our waiting room.  

The Force Is With You Luke!

Thank you, Luke Skywalker is home and healing thanks to you!

— Ruby —
With a name like Luke Skywalker, this 6 month old orange tabby cat will have a lot to live up to in his lifetime! When his forever family brought him home as a kitten earlier this year, he made their little family complete. Luke Skywalker has already been living up to his name by being adventurous, playful and extremely intelligent! In late November, Ruby noticed Luke Skywalker limping after coming into the house after an outdoor playtime and seemed to be in pain. Acting immediately, Ruby rushed him to the Center Animal Hospital for care, where she was informed he had somehow broken a ball joint in his leg and would need surgery. Knowing about Max's Helping Paws through friends, Ruby reached out to us and shared, "This was an unexpected injury and I just didn't have the money saved up because of covid-19. Things have been so hard. He's the sweetest little guy and somehow this injury happened just playing in the yard. The vet said it has happened to her cat and it's an indoor cat. The surgery is kind of major I've never had anything major like this happen to a pet of mine before. With the holidays approaching and two kids anything would be such a blessing." In a year of financial difficulties related to COVID, the stress of the fires and now trying to provide a nice holiday for her family, Ruby was overwhelmed when the estimate for surgery arrived. Thanks to community supporters and partners such as The Doris Day Animal Foundation, Max's was able to extend a financial lifeline for Luke Skywalker to receive his surgery he needed on his ball joint. Once the surgery and overnight stay was completed, Luke Skywalker was able to return home to his family, where they have supported his healing with love and tenderness. Ruby shared with us, "I am so happy for you help. He is recovering well. Hates that little cage as much as we would hate being stuck in bed after hip surgery. But he gets out when the house is quiet and moves it around a bit." We understand none of us like feeling restrained after medical procedures Luke Skywalker, but keep up the healing...and may the force be with you as you recover!  

A Father’s Pride and Joy

I love her so much!

— Florentino —
As a senior, Florentino has had the opportunity to be a 'dog dad' to K.C. for the past 12 1/2 years. These two have a special bond of support and love for each other. Florentino shared, "I have done my best to keep my K.C. girl healthy. I have had her on a raw food diet her whole life, Quality food, annual check-ups, teeth cleaning, nails trimming, etc." K.C. is an important part of Florentino's life and he makes sure to care for her with all the love of a father toward his furry child. Earlier in 2020, Florentino noticed K.C. had several lumps which began showing up on her body. He noted, "She has been a picture of health until this year. She is almost 13 years old, healthy and active. I am praying that these lumps, cyst, growths, are not cancerous." Doing the next best step for K.C., he took her to Carmel Holistic Veterinary Clinic in order to diagnose the masses. Once there, it was determined several of the lumps were anal gland blockages and a couple of them were pre-cancerous, all of which would need to be removed in order to keep K.C. healthy. When the estimate of the cost for surgery came back at just over $3,000, Florentino reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance. Already living on a fixed income, Florentino also shared, "I am battling prostate cancer, pre-diabetic, and need 2 total knee replacements. Any help would be so, so appreciate! I am hoping that work will be back around the beginning of spring/ summer." As a qualified applicant, Max's was able to extend financial assistance that allowed for surgery of the anal glands, which were the first steps in healing for K.C. It is responsible pet owners like Florentino who provide their pets the best chances possible for a quality life, especially during these Golden Years for K.C.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Carmel Holistic Veterinary Clinic is a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.

Have A Heart

Micho is a part of our family now.

— Moreno Family —
When the Moreno Family reached out to Max's Helping Paws, it was clear from their story below that immediate treatment was needed to ensure the best quality of life for their newest family member, Micho - the black and white domestic kitten. "Micho is currently under emergency care at Pet Specialists of Monterey. He is on oxygen and receiving medication for breathing issues. To our dismay, an x-ray revealed that he may have been born with an enlarged heart, which is causing him to have shallow breaths of 100 per minute for the last few days. Pet Specialists is awaiting funding confirmation in order to call a cardiologist to conduct further studies and determine the course of action for Micho's long-term care. We are applying for hardship assistance as I, Miguel, have lost my job a month ago and we are relying solely on unemployment insurance compensation. Maria is a homemaker and does not have income. Therefore, we are unable to pay full costs of Micho's care. Moreover, our daughter, Karina (Caretaker), is a full-time college student studying from home under the pandemic and is unable to help with the costs of Micho's care." With unexpected job loss in 2020, this family has been doing their very best to provide shelter and food for themselves, as well as for Micho this year. They also shared, "In addition, we are also struggling to keep up with our mortgage payments from short-term family loans, until gainful employment happens again. Micho's illness is an extreme unexpected situation, which we could simply not afford to pay for his care. It will cause pain and suffering to Micho and the rest of our family, who have grown very fond and emotionally attached since he was born. Micho is a part of our family now." In part thanks to our partners at AWAG and The Doris Day Foundation, Max's Helping Paws was able to extend the financial assistance that proved to be the lifeline to health for Micho. With this assistance, Micho was able to receive the x-rays, hospital stay and cardiology consultation which provided the guidance and medications needed. The Moreno's once again have a complete household with their newest member, Micho, back home with this loving family. Welcome home Micho!
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Nacho’s Necessary Care

We're willing to do whatever we need to for Nacho.

— Savannah —
One of the most rewarding parts about bringing a new puppy into your home is being able to start providing the care and love they need. For Savannah, when she brought home this sweet Pug named Nacho, she right away began lavishing him not only with toys and proper food, but also with the vaccines and check-ups to help this puppy get strong. Sometimes even with our best efforts, our companions still become ill, which is what happened a few short months after Nacho came home. Savannah and her partner became alarmed after having Nacho for only 3 months, he began exhibiting signs of Parvo - upset tummy, loss of appetite and diarrhea. Even though Nacho had received his vaccines and the family was taking precautions by not having him interact with other dogs, he still obtained this very serious infection. When she realized Nacho was exhibiting signs of this illness, Savannah immediately took him to The Pet Specialists of Monterey and reached out to Max's Helping Paws at the same time. She knew Nacho needed care and explained the need for financial assistance to save this puppy as follows, "We lost our jobs due to COVID. We don’t have the funds for the treatment to save our puppy. We have $200 to our name after paying our bills and we’re willing to put it towards our puppy’s care." Knowing they had limited funds, but still being willing to use them for Nacho, this family was doing everything they could to ensure Nacho received treatment to save his life. It is with gratitude to our donors and partners such as The Doris Day Foundation and AWAG that Max's was able to extend financial assistance to Nacho so his treatments could begin. Often, the funds provided by Max's Helping Paws are the difference between life and death in these situations, and we wanted to be able to provide this pup with his best chances for survival. When this infection is caught early, there is hope for pups like Nacho! Thanks to the fast action of Savannah and The Pet Specialists of Monterey, Nacho received the treatment needed which saved his life. Savannah has kept us posted that "Nacho is doing amazing! He’s better than before even. Thank you so much for saving his life!" We're so glad you're feeling better Nacho, and we look forward to hearing about your puppy adventures as you grow!
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Diagnosing The Trouble

July is my buddy who can detect if I am going into a seizure.

— Anna —
They can speak, they can detect emergency medical situations, they can even smile at us sometimes! However, one thing our furry companions are often unable to do, is tell us where they are hurting and what the trouble is when they are unwell. For Anna, when she realized her beloved service companion July seemed to be less than him normal high energy self, she immediately took action by reaching out to Max's Helping Paws. Living on disability and a fixed income, Anna knew July needed to see a veterinarian but did not have the financial means to make this happen. As Anna shared, "July is my buddy who can detect if I am going into a seizure. Now it is my turn to take care of him." Anna needed assistance with the first steps in determining what was happening with July and applied to Max's Helping Paws. Thankfully, with support from Max's Helping Paws, July was able to be seen at The Pet Specialists of Monterey. A tumor was discovered on July's spleen which would need to be removed. Thanks to Anna's attention to her companion, she noticed the non-verbal ques July was sending and was able to get the tumor removed before any major complications could develop. It is a responsible and attentive owner who is able to 'hear' what our companion is telling us, even when they are unable to give us exact details. Thank you Anna for paying such close attention to July and getting him the assistance he needed right away!  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rocky’s Recovery

Rocky is my little baby and I just can't picture my life without her.

— Mireya —
When this lovely lifelong student and retired Corrections Officer Mireya reached out to Max's Helping Paws, her story of hope for her beloved Rocky filled our hearts. She shares it best below: "My 14-year-old cat Rocky had started to walk with a limp. Upon inspecting her paws, I noticed a lump. I scheduled an appointment on November 3, 2020, to have her seen at VCA All Pets. The vet did an x-ray and found that Rocky has a tumor on her paw that attached itself to the bone. She recommended a biopsy of the tumor. Rocky's tumor was biopsied the next day. On November 14, 2020, Dr. Fling called me with Rocky's biopsy results: Rocky has cancer and the recommended course of action is to amputate her little arm. I am currently on a fixed income through disability retirement and a full-time student at California University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). I intend on rejoining the workforce upon completion of my undergraduate degree at the end of this current semester. Through a combination of care credit and my credit card, I have charged the $1471 for Rocky's labs, x-rays, and biopsy. I am on a fixed income, have incurred some debt in the form of student loans, and am now reaching out to Max's Helping Paws Foundation for assistance in covering the cost of Rocky's arm amputation. I have had Rocky since she was a tiny little kitten and could fit into the palm of my hand. She and her sister were adopted the same year I purchased my house because I truly believe that a house is not a home without furry companions. While all of my pets are spoiled, Rocky is extra special. She's the one that sleeps in my bed year-round, not like the other furries that just want to sleep in the bed when it starts to get chilly. She is just the sweetest, cuddliest little furbaby and I am going to do everything within my ability to keep her alive and healthy. Thank you for considering my application for financial assistance." Thank YOU Mireya for allowing Max's Helping Paws the opportunity to be the financial lifeline for Rocky's treatment on this journey! As a qualified application, Mireya was able to receive the assistance needed for Rocky's amputation and to return home again to heal. With this amputation, Rocky will have the opportunity to live her fullest life possible, with no pain, for her remaining Golden Years. It is with much gratitude to partners such as AWAG and the Doris Day Foundation that Max's Helping Paws is able to allow pets to receive critical treatment and keep their families together. Thank you!  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians. And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

A Happy Holiday – Aspen’s Story

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

— Liz, Aspen's mom —
A rare site, this White German Shepherd named Aspen, has been a beloved companion to her 'mom' Liz for the past 11 years. When it was discovered Aspen had developed some masses, Liz reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance. Aspen had developed several lumps which needed to be removed with surgery, and Liz wanted to do her very best by her companion to ensure the surgery happened. As a responsible pet owner and qualified applicant, Max's was able to extend the financial lifeline which allowed Aspen to receive the care needed at Animal Hospital Mid Valley. When we let Liz know Max's would be able to contribute to Aspen's care, her response filled our hearts. "Thank you so much. It sounds corny, but I cried a little when I got your email. I’ve had a really tough and stressful time lately (as have a lot of other too, I’m sure), but to know this is a little bit of weight lifted off my shoulders and to get some good news has made my night. I appreciate all that you guys do and thank you for helping with Aspen's care." After the surgery, Liz reached out again with a beautiful update on Aspen recovery and how they plan to spend the holiday together this year. "I wanted to provide a quick update on Aspen. She had her surgery yesterday and all went well. They found one more mass and removed that as well, bringing her total to four. She had a hard time coming out of the anesthesia "funk" yesterday and neither of us got a good night's sleep last night, but she's resting and recovering next to me on the couch this morning as I teach from home. We'll get her biopsies back in about a week, and she'll go back to have all her stitches and staples taken out in 14 days, so it is going to be a mellow Christmas holiday for the two of us. I just wanted to say thank you so, so much for your help with her medical bill. I am so thankful that my friend, Kim, reminded me of your organization and recommended I get in touch with you all. It is because of organizations like you that people like me are able to get our pets the care they need without worrying about other bills or having to "cut corners" somehow to make ends meet. I adopted Aspen 10 years ago now and she has been the absolute best thing in my life. She brings me joy and happiness every single day and I want to make sure she is healthy and happy for as long as possible. I firmly believe that dogs are one of the greatest additions someone can bring into their life and Aspen is a prime example of that in my life. I cannot thank you enough for your help in getting us over this first (and hopefully last) hurdle. Crossing my fingers and toes that her masses come back benign/ clear and that she'll be able to enjoy her golden years without any more major medical procedures. Happy Holidays to you all and thank you, thank you, thank you!" Many happy holiday wishes to you and Aspen both Liz! Love - Max's Helping Paws
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Animal Hospital at Mid Valley is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in the Mid Valley Shopping Center in Carmel, CA. Our goal is to provide cost-effective, high quality health care for our patients, to tailor preventive approaches for each individual patient as appropriate. The professional and courteous staff at Animal Hospital at Mid Valley seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for our highly-valued patients and clients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Animal Hospital at Mid Valley strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Carmel, CA and the surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Animal Hospital at Mid Valley can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet. 

Jack’s Hope For Healing

We've been through a lot together the past 2 years and I want him to live a helathy life.

— Sarah, Jack's mom —
Having a furry companion by our side as we navigate the ups and downs in life brings a sense of stability and comfort to us. For Sarah and her beautiful fur baby Jack, they have experienced a multitude of life over the past 7 years together. Now, as Jack is in his Golden Years at age 15, Sarah continues to provide him with all the care and comfort he deserves. Jack is not just a pet, but a family member. This dynamic duo moved from Boston to LA together, and more recently to Monterey to have a safer home. While still trying to get their bearing during a turbulent year, Sarah noticed a tumor on Jack's leg that appeared to be causing him pain. She quickly took him to The Pet Specialists of Monterey for diagnostics and was informed surgery was needed to remove the tumor. As Sarah sought assistance with Max's Helping Paws, she told us her story, "I moved to the Monterey area during COVID and teach one course at Cal State. From 8/2018 - 12/2019 I was poisoned by gas leaks in an LA apartment. I was ill but my doctors could not determine why until gas leaks were discovered. It was worth for me to move to Monterey during COVID so Jack and I could have a safer home. I was in final interviews with two hospitals and both jobs were dissolved because of COVID. I worked in Harvard Teaching hospitals for 14 years and worked tirelessly on behalf of others and loved every second. But my financial state at 55 is the worst it has ever been. I know I will get back on my feet but don’t want Jack to suffer. Thank you for any help!" One of our goals at Max's Helping Paws is to offer financial assistance which will allow a pet companion to receive treatment so they may remain with their family and have a better quality of life. We realized Jack needed this surgery to continue living his Golden Years in a glorious fashion with no pain or suffering. It is thanks to our donors and partner organizations such as The Doris Day Foundation and AWAG that we were able to offer the assistance needed to Jack and his mom. Jack was able to receive the surgery to remove the tumor on his leg, alleviating the pain and discomfort he had been experiencing prior to the surgery. Once again, another pet companion has been able to remain at home and healing with his beloved family member. Enjoy your Golden Years Jack!  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Mighty Titan!

Titan is my anxiety pet and I just want him to feel better.

— Lorena —
Teeny tiny Titan the Yorkshire Terrier is small...but mighty! Which is why when his owner Lorena realized Titan had a kidney and bladder infection that was impacting his ability to urinate, she knew he would be able to win the fight against the infection if he was given the chance. The choice for treatment became a life-or-death situation when Lorena was told without treatment,Titan would die due to high levels of potassium, protiens and overall infection in his body. Titan is not just a pet to Lorena, but "...he is my anxiety companion and helps me keep calm." This mighty companion has been living up to his name by being the emotional support Lorena has needed during the past year. As a student working while in school, finances are tight with Lorena and she does an excellent job of managing on a day-to-day basis. However, with the ongoing treatments Titan needed for his infections, the cost of care was rapidly adding up. Lorena had already paid almost $5,000 toward treatment when she reached out to Max's Helping Paws for support in saving Titan's life. Knowing the critical nature of what it would mean if Titan did not receive care, Max's was able to extend assistance to bridge the financial gap for treatments needed. Thanks to funding support from AWAG and The Doris Day Foundation, Max's was able to once again be the lifeline for treatment which made the difference between life or death for Titan. It is through these partnerships and community donors that life-saving story's such as Titan's are possible. This mighty pup has many years left now to not just be a 'pet', but continue as a comfort companion for his owner Lorena.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Needing Some Care

I love my dog and want to keep her healthy and alive.

— John —
It is one of life's greatest joys when we open our homes and hearts to a new furry companion! John was able to experience this joy when a beautiful Heeler pup wandered into his home one day. With an open heart, John took in this pup 8 years ago and gave her the name of Amy. A beautiful dog with a playful spirit, Amy keeps John company during his retirement. Amy is also adventurous, and after one of her outings, John noticed with concern that she was bleeding and lethargic. He immediately took her to the Pet Specialists of Monterey for care and discovered she had a sepsis virus that was causing her internal damage. Without treatment, Amy's life could be in the balance to fight off this bacterial infection. Living on a fixed income, John had already paid over $1,000 toward care when he reached out to Max's Helping Paws to ensure Amy continued to get healthy. He let us know, "I have already paid as much as I can contribute. I love my dog and want to keep her healthy and alive, that is why I am applying to help me in this time of need. I am on a tight budget and do not know where else to get help." So often, when our beloved companion's are sick, we feel overwhelmed and only want the next best thing to see them healthy again. At Max's, we understand the concern and heartache that can accompany these situations and our goal is to offer financial assistance so a pet never needs to suffer if treatment is an option. Thanks to partners such as The Doris Day Foundation and AWAG, we are able to be the financial lifeline for pets such as Amy and their owners, offering the hope needed during already difficult times. Amy was able to receive the medications needed to fight off the sepsis, beginning the first phase of healing for this beautiful pup who still has many years ahead of her! Our hearts are with you Amy and John!  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Alvin’s Not A Chipmunk!

We are forever grateful!

— Flores Family —
What's small, brown and super cute? Chipmunks yes...but so is Alvin the terrier mix! Alvin was adopted 8 years ago by the Flores family and has become a key companion in this household. As a family of 4, Alvin has consistently been their biggest supporter in life! This year has been one of adjustments for the family, and Alvin has been a steady source of reassurance for them all. In October, the Flores' noticed a mass forming near Alvin's hind quarters. Being responsible pet owners, they took Alvin to Los Coches Animal Hospital to determine what was causing the mass and if treatment was needed. After x-rays and diagnostics, it was determined the best steps of treatment would be surgery to remove the mass. With a slight heart murmur, Alvin also needed some additional testing to determine if he was a candidate for the needed surgery. Unfortunately, the cost of these items was becoming an overwhelming prospect for the Flores' during a year of hardships. Determined to get Alvin the care needed, the family reached out to Max's Helping Paws for financial assistance. They shared, "We want to help our Alvin get the necessary surgery he needs to remove the mass but it has been financially difficult year for us." Max's Helping Paws understands there are times in our lives when financial hardships are beyond our control, and that is where we try to step in to fill the gap when a companion pet is in need of treatment. Thanks to the support of our donors, Max's was able to provide assistance for Alvin both towards his diagnostic screenings as well as the surgery. It is with happy hearts we are able to share a follow up report from the Flores family, "Wanted to write and say how grateful we are for your help and that of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue for your contribution towards surgery that our doggie Alvin needed. His surgery was on the 17th and we are happy to report that it all went well and he is recovering. He is so much better now and it makes us all happy to see him back to his normal self. We are forever grateful!" Glad you are home safe and well with your family again Alvin!  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Los Coches is a full service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. We have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our doctor.  

Hello Humans!

Buddy is just a big happy boy!

— Julie —
One of the additional benefits of having a beloved companion pet, is the serenity and joy they can bring to our lives. Julie received Buddy about a year ago and he has been an emotional support companion as well as a playful pup in her world over the past year. Watching this happy pup grow and share his love has certainly been a bright spot in Julie's life. In a moment of rambunctious energy, Buddy accidentally stepped through a glass window door and received a dangerous cut on his leg. In distress yet acting immediately, Julie took Buddy to The Pet Specialists of Monterey for emergency care. When she discovered the estimate of treatment was going to be a little over $1,000, Julie reached out to Max's Helping Paws. She shared that she was on disability with a fixed income, supporting herself fully yet with limited means. While Julie realized the treatment was a must for Buddy, her financial situation was limited in the ability to cover the expense. She shared, "Buddy is just a big happy boy. He’s my world, I’m disabled and suffer from a mental condition and he helps me stay level and not be a wreck." As an organization focused on being the financial lifeline for pets in crisis situations, Max's Helping Paws knew this was such a case. Thanks to the support of our partner organizations such as AWAG, Max's was able to provide the financial support for Buddy to get his leg stitched up and return home with Julie where he could rest and heal.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Clear Future For Keller

Keller is doing great, and seems to be back to her old self!!

— Bush Family —
Being reassigned from Georgia to California in March, this military family of 2 adults and 3 companion pets moved to the area during a very difficult year. Already experiencing the challenge of moving into a new location, COVID-related job loss was making this move even more financially difficult. After months of creating a home and settling in, the family began to feel a little sense of peace in their new environment, regardless of financial struggles still occurring. In the Fall, as things were settling for the family, one of their furry family members, beautiful Keller, began experiencing eye troubles. The family took Keller to their new vet in September to determine what was occurring. While medications were helpful in easing the pain for Keller, it was discovered she had an ulcer in her eye, and surgery would be needed for her sight to be restored. Having only one income at this point due to COVID and expenses from the move still weighing on the family, the Bush's reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance. They shared, "My husband has been unemployed since March due to Covid 19. He has had no buisness after the lock down in Georgia. Since moving to CA on military orders, he cannot claim either CA or GA unemployment." Max's realized this family was responsibly reaching out for assistance to make sure Keller got the treatment needed. With support from our donors, The Doris Day Foundation and AWAG, Max's was able to provide financial support for Keller to receive the care she needed to clear up her eye troubles and see clearly into the future. It is with glad hearts we can report during our follow up with the Bush's, they shared, "Keller is doing great, and seems to be back to her old self! I really can't express how thankful I am for your support!"  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mika’s Miracle

Mika's all I have, I can't lose her.

— Katelyn —
As someone recently experiencing homelessness, Katelyn and her faithful companion Mika have been a constant support for each other during this extremely challenging year. Mika wandered into Katelyn's life 3 years ago as a little bundle of fluff that has brought a massive sense of love to Katelyn's world. The two are an emotional support system for each other and have bonded as only a beloved companion and family member can. In October, Katelyn began to notice Mika getting sick and vomitting consistently. Concerned, but having limited funds to get Mika the help she needed, Katelyn reached out to Max's Helping Paws. She shared with us she was in the process of trying to move to Utah to gain the support she needed to take care of herself and Mika, when Mika became suddenly ill. Being a responsible pet owner, she took immediate steps needed for Mika when she reached out to Max's. Thanks to the support of donors and partners such as The Doris Day Foundation and AWAG, Max's was able to offer funding through our Diagnostics program. Often, when this first step of diagnostics is taken, it can prevent larger problems from occurring by starting treatments right away. Once the treatments were provided, Mika was on her road to healing. Several weeks later, thanks to Katelyn's quick response and the assistance of The Pet Specialists of Monetery, Kately gratefully shared, "Mika is doing amazing and is as happy and playful as ever! We want to thank you for the help for her recovery? I recently started a new job and we are busy and happy, thank you for helping during this difficult time."  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Breathing Help For Bella

I've had Bella her whole life, I love her so much.

— Kassie —
What is more exciting than welcoming home a new furry member of the family? For Kassie, bringing home a beautiful pup named Bella 7 years ago was the start of her new forever family. Late in October, after a lovely walk in the park, Kassie noticed Bella was having difficulty breathing. Suspecting a fox tail, and knowing how dangerous they can be for dogs, Kassie reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance in getting Bella seen at the Pet Specialists of Monterey. Kassie reached out because "I am struggling with money to get Bella seen but I am willing to make necessary arrangements like payments. I am a very caring owner and have had Bella all her life. I am just in a tight financial situation." As a responsible pet owner wanting the best for her fur family, Kassie was willing to do whatever was needed to enable Bella to receive care. Thankfully, our Diagnostics program is designed especially for cases such as Bella's. We understand that sometimes just the initial cost of determining what is wrong with our beloved pets can be overwhelming - especially in a year such as this! With the support of our partners at AWAG, Max's was able to offer the assistance needed for Bella's diagnostic tests in order to start her on her way to healing.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cherishing Each Moment With Cali

Her emergency surgery saved her life. We are so grateful to have this extra time with her.

— Boles Family —
A family of 4 humans and 2 companions, the Boles Family felt completed when they adopted this beautiful Pit Bull mix named Cali 5 years ago. She has been a joy to the family ever since they brought her home and has brightened their lives. During an already challenging year of job loss due to COVID, and veterinary expenses for their other family pet, the last thing the Boles family expected was for Cali to become sick. Still in a youthful-state of play, when Cali began showing blood in her stool, the family was deeply distressed and brought her the Pet Specialists of Monterey for treatment. It was determined there were masses on Cali's spleen and emergency surgery was needed in order to save Cali's life. When the cost of surgery was given, the family reached out to Max's Helping Paws, stating "We have already paid $1,500 for her diagnostic cost and have been approved only for $4000 through CareCredit. The needed surgery and after care is over $6,000. We also paid over $2900 this year for our other, 11 year old dog who has an autoimmune disease. We want the best for Cali and need help." This family was willing to do whatever they needed to ensure Cali received the treatment she needed. Thanks to generous donors and partners such as AWAG, Max's Helping Paws was able to assist in the cost of surgery for Cali, helping to save her life and offer her family peace. A few weeks following the surgery, the family shared that although the surgery was a success, they will now be facing a loss of Cali in the next few months. They shared their gratitude and story with us, "Cali is currently doing well. Her emergency surgery saved her life as the tumor in her spleen was bleeding into her abdomen and needed to be removed immediately. We are so greatful to have this extra time with her. Sadly, the pathology came back as an aggressive cancer and they give her 1-3 months without chemo, which is much too expensive for us and, they say, would only give us 3-6 month with treatment. We are praying she will be with us past her 7th birthday in January 2021! We are blessed to have her with us still and will give her the best Thanksgiving & Christmas ever if she is still doing well!" It is with compassion and bittersweetness that the Boles Family now celebrates the last holiday season with their beloved companion Cali. What a gift this season to be able to have Cali with them one last time so they can cherish each and every second with this beloved family member.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Zelda’s Quest

Zelda is an active and loving girl.

— Kathleen —
As a retired senior, Kathleen and her 8 year old Rat Terrier, Zelda, are ideal companions. After being adopted 5 years ago, these two are able to spend most of the days together, with Zelda's adventurous nature always keep things interesting in the household! Kathleen became concerned when Zelda unexpectedly began to have wetting accidents in the house at the end of 2019. Throughout 2020, Kathleen has taken Zelda to multiple veterinarians to try and determine the cause of the distress and wetting Zelda has been experiencing. A tough case to crack, the veterinarians were also at a loss as to finding out the root cause of the problem, and recommended Kathleen take Zelda to a hospital for more intensive diagnostics. Living on a fixed income from disability, and already spending a fair amount of money for Zelda's care this year, Kathleen was discouraged when the cost of more tests was needed. With the best interests in mind for Zelda, Kathleen reached out to Max's Helping Paws for financial support so Zelda could receive the treatments needed. She shared "Zelda is an active loving little girl. She has a great love for the dog park and visiting her friends there. She has lost 6.5 lbs in a little over 3 months. She weighed 23 lbs. a little over 3 months ago. This morning she weighed 16.5 lbs. She has ribs showing. It is clearly not normal weight loss. I will have to submit further information when we see the Vet tomorrow." Understanding how difficult it can be when our companions are hurting and no solutions seem to be readily available, we at Max's were able to review the case and offer assistance. Thanks to the support of AWAG, Max's Helping Paws was able to provide the funding needed for Zelda to obtain more diagnostics. These diagnostics, such as blood work, provide the start of health and healing for Zelda as she gets ready for many more adventures ahead!  
About Our Veterinary Partner Who Helped Honey:
Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary practice, with a focus is to provide your pet with the very best professional care possible.We know that exemplary medical care is just part of what you expect for your pet. You also want people who will love your pet the way you do. At Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital, you’ll find caring and compassionate people who, like you, prioritize your pet’s health and well-being.

Dear Daisy

Thank you so much for your help!

— Leonardo —
Leonardo was excited and full of love when he brought his new puppy Daisy home 10 weeks ago! Her energy and fluff brought a new level of joy to the family and Leonardo knew he had a companion for life. Unfortunately, just 8 weeks after bringing Daisy home, Leonardo noticed she wasn't eating well and was having tummy troubles. Being a responsible pet owner, he took her right away to the veterinarian for diagnostics and exams, spending over $2,000 on trying to determine what the trouble was. Daisy was diagnosed with PRAA - a condition which does not allow food to pass from the esophagus into the stomach. Leonardo shared with us, "She is unable to eat solid food due to PRAA. She initially got treated for worms and Giardia, and has had frequent visits to the vet. Whenever she eats anything solid, se starts crying because it won't pass to her stomach, due to the PRAA that she was diagnosed with. I've spent nearly $2000 on treatments, vaccines, and frequent vet visits, but can't pay for the surgery. It's a lot more than I could have ever expected." This owner was doing his very best for his new companion and needed some support to ensure Daisy had the needed surgery. Thanks to partners such as The Doris Day Foundation and AWAG, Max's Helping Paws was able to contribute to the cost of surgery for Daisy, helping to save this puppy's life. Leonardo kept us updated on her progress and reported "I got her back on Saturday and the surgeon said that the surgery went as well as it could have. She is doing well and I just need to keep an eye on her to make sure she isn't doing any exercise that could open her stiches." A few weeks after this, Leonardo reported again that Daisy is "much better and eating her food normally again". It is a rewarding experience to be able to assist in providing funds for the treatment needed to save pups like Daisy. Thank you to everyone who support Max's, and thus the community of Monterey County, by providing second chances at life for companions such as Daisy.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ella Enchanted

We're a family of 3, my dogs and I.

— Michael —
As a mother of 3 and the sole provider for the household, Dina is someone who understands hard work and determination. Among many happy moments for the family at home, one of the highlights was 2 years ago when the family adopted a beautiful Siemese cat named Ella into their home. Ella is allowed to roam in and outdoors, and early in October, took an extended time away from the household. When she returned, Dina noticed her hind legs looked injured and were causing her to limp. While she didn't know what the problem was, she knew Ella needed to see a veterinarian to determine what was causing the limp. She told us, "She’s not walking right, her hind legs look hurt . She had gone missing and came back hurt. I’m a single mom and I can’t afford to take her in. I can’t see her hurt as she is and i don’t know what to do...please help." Thanks to our partners at AWAG, we were able to provide funding for the initial diagnostic for Ella in order to determine what the trouble was. These types of diagnostics can include xrays, medicines and other care that a companion may need as the veterinarian is determing the source of trouble. With this assistance, Ella was able to be seen by VCA All Pets which started her path of healing.  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.   

Some Support for Nico

I've had Nico since he was a tiny kitten, he's my family.

— Alexandria —
A year and a half ago, this tiny kitten came found a loving human and fur family, and he was home at last! Alexandria and her partner were thrilled to bring this fluffy new family member home and gave him the name Nico. Being in the military and recently relocating to the area, the family has been finding their grounding as they adjust to a new location. Even Nico and the other furry companions have taken some time adjusting to a new environment this year. As aware pet owners, Alexandria noticed when Nico began showing signs of lethargy, lack of appetite and urination troubles. As the signs and symptoms continued to shift from sporadic to often, Alexandria did the next best thing and contacted the Pet Specialists of Monterey before Nico became too uncomfortable. After diagnostics, the vet determined that there was a urethral obstruction which was causing all of Nico's trouble. The treatment to clear the obstruction would include hospital nights as well as many medications for Nico, which meant a rather large veterinary bill. When Alexandria realized the cost of treatment, she reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance. She shared with us, "I was laid off due to COVID and my husband is military. We can not afford the estimated charges. We’re scrambling for assistance from friends and family but it is limited. We are asking friends and family for help but it is hard." With such an intense year between the family's relocation and COVID, Max's Helping Paws understands that pet crisis can sometimes happen at the most difficult financial moments. Our Chestnut's Crisis Fund was established for situations exactly like Nico's, and we were able to extend assistance for the treatment needed. It was thanks to the support of donors and The Doris Day Foundation that this fund has assisted so many families in Monterey County during an extra challenging year. Luckily, Nico was able to receive care while staying overnight in the hospital and then returned home to heal with his human and fur family once again.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tiny Thumbelina

She's my friend, I don't want to see her in pain.

— Kathy —
Small but mighty, this toy poddle named Thumelina has been a service dog for her owner Kathy the past 2 years. Through thick and thin, this beautiful pup has given strength, courage and hope to Kathy since the moment they became a family. In October, an unexpected heartache occurred when, although all precautions were taken, Thumbelina was hit by a car. Fearing for her companion, Kathy rushed Thumbelina to The Pet Specialists of Monterey for quick treatment. After xrays and diagnostics, it was determined that Thumbelina had a fractured femur in her back leg. Being a disabled senior on a fixed income, Kathy knew she would be unable to provide the finances needed for the treatment. That was when she reached out to Max's Helping Paws to obtain assistance to ensure Thumbelina's bone was reset and the pins needed to secure the fracture would be put in place. Consulting the veterinarian's review of care with a healthy prognosis for this pup, Max's was able to extend assistance to Kathy for the treatment of Thumbelina. Thanks to organization's such as the Doris Day Foundation and donations which give pets a second chance, Thumbelina was able to receive the treatment needed on her road to recovery.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tooth Troubles For Baxter

We're a family of 3, my dogs and I.

— Michael —
As a retired Veteran, Michael has become the proud dog-dad of 2 precious pups - a 15 year old Yorkie and his adorable rat terrier 'brother' Baxter. The 3 of these companions moved to the area recently and have been enjoying learning the new space since then. When Baxter began not eating, losing weight and showed signs of being in pain, Michael was quick to pay attention to what was happening and noticed a tooth appeared to be broken Baxter's mouth. Knowing the next steps would be to seek veterinary care, yet knowing he is on a fixed income budget, Michael reached out to Max's Helping Paws for support. Working together with VCA All Pets as the treating veterinarian, it was determined Baxter had an abscessed tooth which would need to be removed. We all know what tooth pain feels like - and what a relief it is to have it taken care of! Once the tooth was successfully removed, Baxter was able to recover at home, where he began once again eat with no pain and enjoy his time with his 'dad and brother' at home. Nothing like a healed tooth to increase the appetite and weight again! We have much gratitude for our supporters, and especially partners such as The Doris Day Foundation, who allow success stories such as Baxter's to continue becoming a reality. Thank you!  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.   

A Little Help For Our Friend

Thank you for helping my baby girl.

— Rosemary —
What's not to love about this adorable, 8 year old chihuahua named Asha? Being a retired senior, Rosemary is one of the fortunate owners who is able to spend most of her time and love on her precious companion Asha. This tiny pup has been a spotlight of joy and laughter for Rosemary each day, offering comfort and companionship as only our furry babies can. In early October during one of their cuddle times, Rosemary became alarmed when she noticed a lump on Asha. Living on a fixed income from social security, Rosemary wanted to take Asha to the veterinarian for diagnostics, but knew the cost was going to be beyond her ability. Fortunately, with Max's Helping Paws diagnostics program - which offers up to $500 towards an initial visit and diagnostics, Rosemary was able to take Asha to the Animal Hospital of Salinas in order to determine what the issues were. Thanks to Rosemary's quick action and willingness to apply for financial assistance, Asha was able to not only have the mass diagnosed, but also removed. This attentive owner's actions potentially prevented a much more extreme outcome for Asha. Cases like this make us smile at Max's, knowing that together, we are allowing pets and their families in Monterey County the the opportunity for the best possible outcomes.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Animal Hospital of Salinas teams up with our clients to provide informed, compassionate care to their pets. They continually strive to improve our knowledge, skills, and facility while maintaining a warm connection between staff, clients, and patients.      

Magnificent Milo

We are so lucky to have had help from your foundation.

— Elizabeth —
During a year when everything seems a little backwards, the comfort of a furry companion has been the place of solace for many families this year. That has certainly been the case for Elizabeth when she discovered a tiny kitten in a tree in early 2020. Little Milo quickly became a beloved member of the family and has offered support and calm during a difficult year. Keeping an ever-present eye on Milo, Elizabeth became worried when he showed signs of not urinating properly. Still a growing kitten, it was very troublesome to see he was experiencing health concerns so early on. Elizabeth quickly took Milo to the vet for diagnostics and was told he would need treatments for a urinary tract infection. Knowing her companion needed care, but also being overwhelmed with bills this year, Elizabeth reached out to Max's Helping Paws. In trying to do the next best thing for their family, she had shared where additional financial hardships came on top of COVID-19 financial loss: "We had to move to a new place which is more expensive, because the crime rate at the other apartment was very bad. We used most of our savings to pay for all of this. Please help if you can." Elizabeth and her partner were also experiencing a direct loss of income from COVID-19 and were able to pay for part of the bill for Milo's care, but needed assistance with the remaining balance. With the support of our donors, as well as partner organizations such as The Doris Day Foundation, Max's was able to provide the financial support needed for Milo's urinary treatments. One of our favorite things at Max's, is following up with our clients and seeing how they are doing. We were thrilled when Elizabeth reported, "Milo is doing very well and has had no issues thus far after being on the Urinary S/O food. The doctor said he will need to be on this food for the rest of his life. We are closely monitoring him and hope nothing else happens with our little baby.  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.   

Cooking Up Care For Joji

We used to have 2 dog and 2 cats friends, but lost the last one a year ago, now it is just us. I love her so much.

— Lauren, owner —
For the past 14 years, Joji the tabby cat and his owner Lauren have shared a house full of love and companionship. Having gotten Joji as a kitten, the two have an inseperable bond which includes such things as kitty costumes and shared snuggles! While it is now just the two of them in their household after losing their other furry companion friends, the two have become even more attached. It is often so difficult when our companions aren't feeling well because they aren't able to tell us exactly what they are feeling and how we can help them. Fortunately, this is where diagnostic testing can come in to help determine what is happening when our furry friends are unwell. This was the case for Joji when his neuropathy began to impact his mobility as he reached his Golden Years. As a responsible and alert owner, Lauren shared their story with us: "Joji has had trouble with some sort of neuropathy in her back legs for many years. Past trips to the kitty chiropractor gave little improvement. Is he also has a sac of fluid around her leg joint . I took her in to see if I could make her more comfortable. Another veterinarian discovered a mass in her abdomen and was concerned about giving pain medication before knowing if the mass was related to the kidney. I have always cared for my animals. In the past. I have never asked for assistance. I am a self employed aesthetician/make up artist and I haven't been able to work since March. However, I am still obligated to pay my rent on my facial studio and my mortgage along with all my other expenses. I am collecting unemployment and living on my credit cards-but the balances are nearly full. Joji and I need assistance." The first step in this case was determining was to have diagnostic testing done to determine what was causing the health problems. Due to the hardships of COVID-19 this year, Lauren was going to be financially unable to provide Joji the diagnostics he needed. Thankfully, as a partner with Max's Helping Paws, Cottage Veterinary Care shared with Lauren about our programs for assistance. With careful review of the application, it was clear to see Lauren is a responsible pet owner in need of some support. Through our new program, Max's was able to provide the monies needed to ensure Joji obtained his diagnostics. While our furry companions are unable to explain in words the pain they may be feeling, it is thanks to aware owners such as Lauren that our companions are able to start their path of health once again.    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Located in Pacific Grove, CA, Cottage Veterinary Care provides pets and pet owners with quality veterinary care in the Monterey County area. We strive every day to be a welcoming, skilled, and cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions. For us, this means keeping you, the pet owner, at the center of all we do.  

Determining the Troubles

Lucy is a part of our family.

— Jessica —

12 years ago, Jessica and her family had the honor of witnessing the miracle of birth as little Lucy was born into a litter of kittens on their farm. With space to roam, other animals to interact with and a loving family, Lucy has had an outstanding life with Jessica.

As Lucy has progressed into her Golden Years, this year it became more evident that some health concerns may be arising. As a responsible owner, Jessica noticed when it became evident that "one of Lucy's ears appears infected and she seems to be having respiratory issues." Jessica's stress over Lucy's health was multiplied with the thoughts of veterinary bills which may be associated with the care needed. Due to COVID-19, Jessica had been laid off from both of her jobs and was trying her best to manage the current bills and stay positive during an unprecedented year. Hearing from a friend about Max's Chestnuts Fund, which offers financial support to pet owners specifically impacted by COVID-19 financial loss, Jessica applied for assistance through our online application process. With the assistance of The Doris Day Foundation and the Chestnut's Fund at Max's, Lucy was able to receive the diagnostic testing she needed to determine what the next steps in care would be. With the diagnostics, Lucy will be able to obtain the care she needs to continue her Golden Years with Jessica and her loving family.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Animal Health Center Animal Health Center is proud to serve the Salinas/ Monterey area for everything pet related. Our veterinary clinic and animal hospital is run by Patty Ferguson, RVT, (registered veterinary technician) and her team of licensed Veterinarians.Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise.

Rylee’s Rescue

We love our new family member and want her to get well.

— Poma Family —
Like many families beginning the next phase of their adventure, this family recently expanded! With a one month old baby at home, they wanted their child to share the experience of a family companion, and so they searched for a fur baby to join their home. Their hearts were opened when they met Rylee, a 9 year old Birch Poo who was looking for a new home. This little ball of fluff happily joined their family and the 4 Pomas felt content and complete. An unexpected turn occurred when Rylee became very lethargic and began not eating with her usual gusto. The Pomas quickly took Rylee to VCA All Pets, where it was discovered she was suffering from a tooth abscess and some other conditions which were causing her pain. Knowing they wanted to do their best for their newest family member, but realizing the cost of procedures was going to be high, the Pomas reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance. They shared, "There have been several unexpected bills which came up, and my husband has lost work due to COVID. We love our new family member and want her to get well." After reviewing the case and seeing the clear need for assistance, Max's Helping Paws was able to provide financial assistance for the family so that Rylee could receive the treatment she needed. Thanks to supporters such as the Doris Day Foundation, Max's is able to support pets and their families in their times of need. Without this assistance, the family would have had to face some very difficult decisions concerning Rylee. Fortunately, this is yet another family who was able to continue providing responsible pet care during a time of need thanks to Max's Helping Paws.  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.  

Scooter’s Golden Years

He's 14 but has so much life in him!

— Jennifer —
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? This 14 year old Bichon Poodle mix was lovingly adopted a year ago into Jennifer's home where Scooter was welcomed by 3 other household companions. Jennifer's household was completed when Scooter came home that day and it has been a home full of playful paws and licks ever since! As can happen sometimes with old age, Scooter began experiencing a loss of sight in early 2020. Jennifer responsibly monitored the situation, how Scooter interacted with her other companions and the overall health of Scooter during this trying time. Seeking to determine how to best provide care and love for Scooter during his sweet golden years, Jennifer contacted Los Coches Animal Hospital for guidance and insight as to how to proceed with care. Scooter was diagnosed with glaucoma, and it was determined the best course of action for continued health would be to have surgery to remove his eye so that his whole body could heal instead of continue to fight the disease of glaucoma. Wanting to provide the best care for Scooter, but dealing with a challenging year financially, Jennifer reached out to Max's Helping Paws to share, "We are dealing with a few blows right now. One being our only vehicle has broken down and will cost the same amount as his surgery to repair." Recognizing that sometimes life has multiple unexpected hardships at once, Max's reviewed the case and was pleased to be able to offer the financial support needed for Scooter's surgery. With this surgery, Scooter's body will no longer be fighting the disease of glaucoma, but will have the opportunity to heal and continue living out his golden years of life with his other household family members.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Los Coches is a full service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. We have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our doctor.  

Zeppelin’s Battle For Life

Zeppelin has never given up on his family, we do not want to give up on him now.

— Denise —
6 1/2 years ago, Denise brought home a beautiful German Shepherd puppy who had captured her heart. The 3 month old puppy brought his gentle spirit, playful nature and compassionate heart to Denise's world that day. Since then, Zeppelin has been an integral part of Denise's world. Zeppelin has been able to assist Denise in her own character growth, as "he’s the pet that made me have all the patience and care in the world for any other pet. Zep helped me love and understand pets unconditionally." As a practicing veterinary technician herself, Denise was alarmed and worried when Zeppelin began showing signs of lethargy, bleeding and loss of appetite. She quickly took Zeppelin to the Pet Specialists of Monterey, where the diagnostics and work to save Zeppelin began. With an unknown source of distress, diagnostics and hospital observation were required to determine what was happening to Zep. With such care, it was determined Zeppelin had a gallbladder infection and would need to receive continued fluids, medications, observation and injections in order to become stabilized. After having already spent over $4,300 on Zeppelin's treatment, Denise was discouraged but hopeful when she reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance in saving Zeppelin's life. As a vet tech with a compassionate heart for animal welfare, her world was now being shaken as her very own companion was suffering. She shared, "We need him around longer. If we didn’t care or love him we wouldn’t be asking for help, any amount of help is appreciated. I know he’s fighting through this, we will do all we can." With Zeppelin's health at risk, Denise was willing to seek any means possible to ensure his pain was alleviated. Grant funds received from the Doris Day Animal Foundation and The Monterey Peninsula Foundation directly contributed to the financial assistance required for Zeppelin's care. Zeppelin was able to stay in the hospital for continued observation while he received treatments to reduce his pain. Truly, this is another heart-warming instance of being able to support not just a pet, but a family member. We are grateful to have received a recent report from Denise with a beautiful 'family' photo:
"Zeppelin is doing well! Although his recovery is slow and is on quite a few medications, he is definitely fighting through it all. I know his recovery will take some time and things will maybe be different from now on, but everyday is getting better seems like. I can see the willingness in him to take on each day!! Which makes me an even stronger person for him and also at time tends to make me emotional because of all the happiness I feel for him.
I am so happy, proud, relieved, blessed, humbled and beyoooooond thankful that we are at this point in his life and in mine."
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Oreo’s Obstacle

I only want him to feel better.

— Garima —
Having a sleepy, warm companion cat sitting on your lap as you study is one of life's great pleasures. College student Garima is fortunate to have such a companion, Oreo, who is her constant study companion and friend. When a friend of Garima's grandmother passed away 2 years ago, Oreo was adopted by Garima and quickly became a crucial part of her world. As an aware pet owner, Garima became concerned when Oreo seemed unable to use the litter box as he normally would. In fact, Oreo seemed unable to potty at all. Garima quickly too Oreo to the Pet Specialists of Monterey for diagnostic work to determine what was wrong. After receiving fluids and diagnostics, it was determined Oreo was suffering a blockage from either urinary stones or crystals in his bladder, both which may require surgery. As a full-time student doing her best, Garima shared with Max's, "I am applying for assistance because the ER bills are already a lot more than I can afford as I am a full-time student. And I don’t know if I have enough funds to pay for the surgery." With an over 75% positive outcome for Oreo, Max's Helping Paws saw there was much hope, and many more cuddling study times ahead for Oreo if he received treatment. Thanks to the Doris Day Foundation, Max's was able to assist Garima by providing the matching financial assistance she needed to ensure Oreo got care.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Sundae Without Ice Cream

I’m the only income in my household. I can’t lose her but I can’t afford the treatment.

— Veronica —
A little scoop of heaven has been exactly what this Chihuahua named Sundae has been for her owner Veronica over the past 10 years. Raising 2 daughters alone, Veronica and Sundae have been not just pet and owner, but family and support for each other over the past decade. When Sundae was diagnosed with pancreatic issues requiring monitoring and care, Veronica knew she needed to do whatever it would take for Sundae to receive the care needed to be healthy and well. With carefully budgeted finances stretched tight on one income, Veronica reached out to Max's Helping Paws and applied for financial assistance when the estimate for her 'fur baby' ranged between $1,200 - $1,600. As a responsible pet owner, Veronica was able to provide some of the cost for Sundae's care, but more was needed. Fortunately, thanks to The Doris Day Foundation, assistance was on the way from Max's Helping Paws! With the combined finances of owner and Max's, Sundae was able to receive the fluids, diagnostics and medications needed to begin a long term recovery of healing. Veronica and her children once again have their sweet family member Sundae back home with them.  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians. And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.  

Mighty Thor

We would love to give Thor the help he needs from this major injury.

— Steelman Family —
What cat wouldn't love living on a farmstead with space to roam and a family to love him? Thor joined his family 3 1/2 years ago as a kitten born into a life of freedom and exploring on their family farm. Since that time, Thor has enjoyed spending time between the family of 4 and the other animals on the property. When the wildfires hit in August, the family was incredibly distressed when Thor disappeared. They searched everywhere but were unable to find him for several weeks. It was a heartfelt moment when Thor returned home to them after being gone for 3 weeks, yet also an anxious moment when they realized Thor had returned home injured. While he was away from home, Thor must have been in a fight with another animal and his back leg had a major wound with considerable bleeding. They quickly took Thor to the Pet Specialists of Monterey for treatment and learned Thor would need stiches to repair the damage done in the fight. Not only had the Steelman's been impacted by the fires, but they have also been experiencing a loss of employment due to the pandemic this year. Uncertain how they would pay for the treatment needed for Thor, but knowing their family companion needed assistance, the Steelman's reached out to Max's Helping Paws. Through the Chestnut's Crisis Fund, the family qualified for aid in order for Thor to receive the needed stiches and medicines he needed to recover.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Izzy’s Ears

I (& Miss Izzy😻) would very much appreciate assistance to help keep her comfortable and well taken care of.

— Lauren —
Little Miss Izzy has cancer. She's got tumors in both ears and her right one has been the source of a lot of painful ear infections that need to be treated by her veterinarian every 4 weeks or so to keep her comfortable during the sunset time of her life. Mom has been lovingly giving her Prednasone treats to help with the itch/inflammation of the tumors, vitamins and minerals that may help with the pressure of the tumors, and prescription food. Not inexpensive at all. Mom has been unemployed due to COVID-19 as her massage therapy business was shut down for safety. With months of unemployment at a very small amount as she is an independent contractor, she was panicked she wouldn't be able to maintain the regime so important for Miss Izzy. After applying for Max's Continued Care program for support, Miss Izzy is able to get her regular treatments, which will ensure that however much time she has left..will be as enjoyable as mom can make it for her.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
We have been providing the highest quality, personalized medical care to the dogs and cats of the Monterey Peninsula since 1966. We offer comprehensive veterinary services and boarding in an atmosphere where clients and patients are treated with genuine compassion. We look forward to meeting you and your pets!  

Smooth Jaz

Nobody ever expects their beloved family pet to have an accident. Andrea was shocked and horrified when her beautiful family dog Jaz was hit by a car. Even with her heart breaking, Andrea responded quickly and took Jaz immediately to the Pet Specialists of Monterey for care. With expertise and kind heartedness, PSM was able to quickly ascertain Jaz had fractures in both her pelvic areas as well as her iliac crest bone. Fast work was needed for Jaz and an emergency surgery was needed. Andrea knew without a doubt that the surgery was needed, but along with feeling overwhelmed by the event itself, she was highly concerned about the cost of the surgery and her beloved Jaz's health. 5 years ago Andrea had gotten Jaz from the City of Salinas Animal Services, and she knew she needed to do whatever it took to make sure Jaz received care. Experiencing a loss of income due to COVID-19, Andrea was already stretched tight financially. With a recommendation from the Pet Specialists, Andrea got in touch with Max's Helping Paws and submitted a grant application for financial assistance to make sure Jaz had every opportunity possible, including surgery if that was needed. While Jaz was able to receive treatment, we can never fully predict the outcome of a companion's tale. Jaz was a brave pup whose time it was to cross over the Rainbow Bridge. Thanks to the financial support from Max's, which provided the opportunity for Jaz to have her very best chance, Andrea - while heart broken - was able to feel peaceful about the passing of her pup. Our hearts and thoughts are with you Jaz as you cross that Rainbow Bridge.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This Little Lady

She's my baby and I just want to do whatever I can to make her feel better.

— Megan —
Not many owners get the privilege of being present when their companions are born, but Megan had that honor 11 years ago when her family's dog produced a litter of pups. Right away, Megan knew that little Lady was special and chose to keep her as her own special companion. With just Megan and Lady in the household, these two have bonded as close as any family can get over the past 11 years. Only a month after Lady's routine veterinarian visit, Megan noticed Lady's tummy was extended and seemed sore to the touch. With only the best intentions of ensuring the health of Lady, she rushed Lady to the Pet Specialists of Monterey for treatment. Some of the first items to rule out were liver failure or cancer, and the diagnostics were going to be considerably more than Megan had available financially. After getting laid off from work due to COVID-19, Megan has been doing her very best to keep afloat and provide safety, security and necessities for herself and Lady. Megan was able to find and pay more than $1000 for Lady's care, however, additional diagnostics were going to be needed to determine the next steps in care for Lady. With the unexpected cost of the diagnostics looming, Megan reached out to Max's Helping Paws and applied for a grant to obtain assistance with Lady's treatment. With careful review of the needed treatment and application, Max's was able to lend a 'paw' in supporting Lady's care. Thankfully, Megan now has her "baby" at home safe and sound once again.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Story of Compassion – Franchesca

I love Franchesca very much, and I want to help her all that I can. She is a wonderful cat - loving and friendly.

— Susan —
Having been a volunteer with animal welfare organizations such as Golden Oldies and All Creatures Great and Small, Susan has been an animal welfare activist her entire life. Now, at 76, she is retired and has had a beautiful fur companion Franchesca for the past 14 years. Franchesca joined Susan 14 years ago from the Hollister Animal Shelter, and the two have been inseparable ever since. The past month, Franchesca began exhibiting distressing breathing patterns. Susan describes it as, "At the drop of a hat, her breathing rate will become very fast". Not knowing what was occurring, Susan took Franchesca to the Pet Specialists of Monterey, where her labored breathing symptoms were diagnosed as an indication of an enlarged heart. After further tests, it was also determined Franchesca was experiencing kidney failure, with an estimated between 6-12 months to live. Heartbroken but compassionate, Susan initially looked to Max's Helping Paws to urgently help the costs with immediate treatment for Franchesca so she would be "as comfortable as possible during her last days." Susan shared she "has already spent over $6,000 on the care for Franchesca. As someone who is retired, that is way more than I can afford and I don't make a lot of money. I love Franchesca very much, and want to help her all that I can. She is a wonderful cat, loving and friendly." Without financial support, Franchesca would not have anywhere near 6 - 12 months left. After providing initial financial assistance to get Franchesca stabilized, thanks to funds provided by Doris Day Animal Foundation, Max's was able to provide the support needed so Franchesca could receive compassionate treatment that would help extend whatever time left she will have with her mom. Max's Helping Paws will continue to assist Susan with the costs of regular treatments in order to ensure Franchesca's comfort and happiness as she enters the sunset of her life. We send our love to beautiful Francesca and her person as they navigate this next phase together.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Toby the Terrier

I love Toby and want him to be safe

— Julia —
Toby the terrier was one lucky pup 5 years ago when he was adopted from Carmel Valley by his forever owner, Julia. Some of Julia's neighbors needed to make a life change and Julia was quick to adopt this beautiful pup. Together, they have lived in the Carmel area for the last 5 years, with Toby being a playful and energetic addition to Julia's home. Early one morning in late August, Julia was abruptly awakened when she heard Toby making yelping sounds. As she rushed to help Toby, she saw that Toby seemed to be experiencing paralysis in one hind leg, with uncontrollable shaking and vomiting happening. Without any hesitation, Julia rushed Toby to the Pet Specialists of Monterey, where it was determined that Toby had experienced a seizure. After a thorough examination and stabilization, the veterinarian was certain Toby would be able to return home after some treatments and care. As a responsible pet owner, Julia knew how important it was to make sure Toby was treated so that his seizure would not be a recurring problem, yet she knew the cost of treatment would be above her current means. Due to an illness related to mold and the recent pandemic, Julia was experiencing extreme financial hardship as of late. Doing what she could to get by, she became an Instacart personal shopper so that she could continue to provide a home and food for herself and Toby. The unexpected cost of care for Toby's seizure was overwhelming to Julia and she reached out to Max's Helping Paws to inquire about a grant for financial assistance. Thanks to Julia's quick response time and diligence in applying for a grant, Max's was able to ensure Toby received the needed medications and treatments to alleviate his painful seizure. Thankfully, both Toby and Julia are once again both happy and healthy at home!
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cool Cash

Cool Cash the pitbull and his brother have been an instrumental part of the Baughman family for 6 years after being rescued from a local shelter and given a 'forever home'. A little more than a week previously, Cash's brother had to be put to sleep unexpectedly due to digestive issues. When Cash started having similar symptoms of tummy trouble and not wanting to eat, the Baughman's were scared of what that may mean for their beloved family companion. "I can't lose them both," was a heart-rendered plea when the Baughman family shared their story with Max's Helping Paws. The family was able to provide a large portion of finances for the diagnostic testing for Cash, but continued cost was quickly becoming something the family could not keep up with. With limited resources for the continued treatments, the Baughman's reached out to Max's Helping Paws and applied for a grant towards the care of Cash's treatment. Thankfully, Cash was able to have his tummy troubles modulated and returned safely back home to the Baughman's, where he could heal and recover after a very stressful week. Thank you!  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.   

This beautiful Momma!

We love her and want her to be safe.

— Viet —
Named after a favorite food, this feisty 2 year old French Bulldog is not only a sweet tempered family companion, but is also an expecting momma dog! When Viet received Tofu from a friend 2 years ago, he knew she was special and wanted to breed her so that her puppies could carry on her stunning personality and beautiful coloring. Viet shared his excitement about learning she was going to have puppies and has been with her through every part of her care. In early August, Viet became aware of Tofu having difficulty breathing. With immediate concern for her and the puppies, Viet took Tofu to the Pet Specialists of Monterey for care. They discovered Tofu had pneumonia and were concerned for her safety as well as those of her unborn pups. As a growing professional, Viet had been in a training program for work prior to COVID-19, but when the pandemic hit, he was laid off and was experiencing limited income due to the job loss. Viet shared with us,: "I have been in the process of training for another new job but due to slow business I have yet to get hired. Tofu never had any medical complications so this was very unexpected." Knowing Tofu and her puppies safety was at stake, Viet did whatever he needed to do and reached out to Max's Helping Paws as a resource for financial support for the veterinary care needed. With the support provided and the expertise of the Vet Specialists, Tofu was able to be treated for her pneumonia and her puppies were also saved! A couple weeks later, we are so thrilled to report Tofu had 4 beautiful puppies who are all safe at home with her and her family once again.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Samson’s Strength

I've had Samson since he was 8 weeks old, he's family.

— Danielle —
Danielle and Samson had a love-at-first sight moment 2 years ago when Danielle received this beautiful pit bull puppy. As someone on disability, the comfort which Samson brought into Danielle's life was immediate. She describes him best as a 'healthy, loving dog' and he has been her faithful companion since he as a pup. When Samson began experiencing difficulties using the restroom, Danielle became increasingly concerned and took him to the VCA Pets Animal Hospital as soon as possible. After a review, it was determined that Samson had kidney stones and needed treatment. Even on a fixed income, Danielle was able to pay for most of the veterinary bill, but the cost was too high to manage herself and she reached out to Max's Helping Paws for financial assistance. With the support provided, Samson was able to have his kidney stones treated and quite rapidly began the road to recovery towards his healthy and loving self once again.  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.   

Lovable Lenny

I hope this foundation will be able to lend A hand to our family..

— Joao —
11 years ago, Joao and his mother rescued a little Pitbull puppy who had been abandoned and left alone. Since that time, both Joao and his mother have cared for Lovable Lenny with open hearts and joy. In late July, both owners noticed Lenny did not seem to be exhibiting his usual levels of energy and had stopped eating and drinking. Since Lenny is not just a pet, but a member of their family, they were concerned enough to take Lenny to the Pet Specialists of Monterey right away to determine what was happening health-wise for Lenny. Joao shared with us that, due to COVID-19, he is currently experiencing financial strain and reached out for support to make sure Lenny was able to get the diagnostic blood work and ultrasound needed to determine next steps in his care. Joao shared his situation with us, stating, " My mother and I are both the owner I am currently unemployed and on unemployment. My mother is disabled and a senior citizen. Our financial situation is the reason we were referred to this foundation in hopes of receiving help to further our loving Lenny’s life. I feel he still has a lot of life left him and hope this foundation will be able to lend a hand to our family." Joao was willing to do whatever it took to make sure Lenny got the proper diagnostics needed for Joao to make an informed decision for Lenny. Although tests were completed and treatment given, Lenny did not show signs of improvement and Joao had to make an informed decision about Lenny's next steps. Always a hard decision to make, thanks to the diagnostics and applied treatment, Joao was able to make a calm and rational decision that it was time to put Lenny to sleep. While a heart wrenching decision, Joao was able to feel peace in knowing he had done all he could for his best friend and the decision was the most loving situation for Lenny. Lenny, you will always be in our hearts.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Stormii Clouds

I was able to put the rest of the initial $1,700 on my credit care, but I cannot pay any more.

— Laila —
The storm clouds of emotion came in fast at the end of July when this beautiful 11 year old German Shephard named Stormii began experiencing shortness of breath, coughing and lack of energy within a 45 minute window. Her owner Laila was quick to action in taking Stormii to the Pet Specialists of Monterey where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. Living on a fixed income, Laila was disheartened when the cost of care was estimated well beyond what she was able to provide. As a resourceful owner, Laila had already borrowed money from her daughter as well as used a credit care for the beginning stages of Stormii's care. With additional treatment needed, Laila submitted an application for financial assistance to Max's Helping Paws to ensure Stormii received the care needed. Laila shared, "I am on a fixed income and in order to not lose benefits, I cannot apply for another credit card. Stormii was fine in the morning but then all of a sudden she started having signs of coughing, wheezing and not being able to move. I love my dog and want the best for her. My daughter gave me $275 to help and I was able to put the rest of the initial $1,700 on my credit care, but I cannot pay any more. Any help you can provide would be appreciated." Thankfully Laila knew about Max's Helping Paws from out veterinary partners and together, we were able to make sure Stormii was provided with quality treatments for her pneumonia and start her road back to health. One less cloud in the sky for this pup named Stormii.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Jiggly Jack

I want to be able to provide Jack with the same level of care that he has received for the duration of his life.

— Maria —
This 13 year old kitty named Jack has been a companion to Maria almost his entire life. Maria lovingly describes him as a "lifelong fatty with other non-fat cats in the home." Being a responsible pet owner, Maria was concerned when Jack began displaying signs of distress. She took him right away to the VCA Ocean View Animal Hospital where Jack was diagnosed with diabetes. This new prognosis presented a financial burden of continued veterinarian care for Jack, and Maria reached out to Max's Helping Paws. She shared with us, "I am applying for assistance because I am currently on a fixed income through SSDI and am unable to cover the cost of additional medical visits, supplies, medications, and prescription foods." "I have had Jack for almost the entirety of his life; my roommates brought him and his brother home before deciding that they did not like cats. I decided to keep them for myself and Jack's brother, Goober, was put to rest this past October from bone cancer. I have done the best I can to make these cats as comfortable as possible, providing special food for them when Goober was diagnosed with urine crystals. I want to be able to provide Jack with the same level of care that he has received for the duration of his life and in doing so, will hopefully continue to maintain a quality of life that has made him the fat and happy cat that he is." Maria applied for, and thank you to funds received by DDAF, we were able to grant extended-care assistance as part of our Continued Care program to help pay for Jack's diabetes treatments. This support will allow him to have a special diet, blood work and consistent care to ensure a quality of life where Jack can indeed remain the companion that Maria so dearly loves.  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.   

In need of some help

Mighty Max is a 2 year old Yorkie mix breed who brings not just smiles to his family, but emotional support for Alma's 15 year old daughter, who suffers from chronic pain, anxiety and depression. The past 2 years, Alma's daughter and Max have been inseparable, with Max consistently providing emotional comfort as the two have developed a deep bond. When Max unexpectedly got bit by a larger dog, Alma was concerned about the impact not just to Max, but also to her daughter if Max was unable to receive the veterinary care he needed. After rushing Max to the Pet Specialists of Monterey, Alma was informed emergency surgery with post care treatment would be needed for Max. As a single mother of 2 kids, Alma is also an essential caregiver for seniors and has had her hands full juggling work and her family during the pandemic. With things stretched tight and concern for her family her priority, when the cost of surgery and treatment came back with an estimate between $2,700 - $5,000, Alma reached out to Max's Helping Paws for financial support. The family was able to pay $1,500 towards the care of Max, and fortunately, Max's Helping Paws was able to step in and provide the additional means needed for Max to start his path to healing. With happy hearts and relieved minds, Alma and her family eagerly brought Max back to his home after his surgery where he could heal and recover. Thanks to the community support and family's responsible ownership, Max has made a full recovery and is once again providing emotional support for this family of 3.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Busted Buster

I adopted her to give her a better life.

— Ropers —
This unique 'breed' of dachshund and Labrador mix named Buster caught the eye of a dynamic mother-daughter duo 3 years previously when they were at the SPCA. This handsome fellow happily came home to this loving family and the three have been companions ever since. Earlier in the year, the Ropers began to notice a bump on Buster's tail. Being conscientious and responsible pet owners, they monitored the situation carefully. While Buster was experiencing this new development, the Roper family was also going through some challenging times of their own. They shared, "I am a single parent going through bankruptcy after a long-term partner moved out six months ago and I'm now handling all finances on my own. I have no credit cards. I have a daughter getting ready to go away to college." With such tight circumstances, the family was financially pressed to cover any costs associated with Buster. After a couple months of monitoring, it became apparent that Buster would need to see a veterinarian about the bump and the Ropers took him to Cottage Veterinary Care in PG. The Ropers were told amputation of the tail was a real possibility, but surgery was needed in order to determine the next steps for Buster. The cost of the surgery was estimated between $1,400 - $2,300 and the Ropers felt the financial pressure of this right away. Knowing the surgery was needed, they were willing to do whatever was needed to ensure proper care of Buster. When Cottage Veterinary Care mentioned Max's Helping Paws to the Ropers, they reached out right away and explained, "I have never asked for financial help from anyone but I am now because Buster means the world to us and unfortunately, I do not have the resources to pay for his surgery." Thanks to the tenacity of the Ropers to make sure Buster was cared for, and the financial assistance of Max's Helping Paws, Buster was able to receive the surgery he needed without an amputation being done. This 6 1/2 year old puppy went back to his family and had the restoration and recovery time he needed to complete their family once again.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Located in Pacific Grove, CA, Cottage Veterinary Care provides pets and pet owners with quality veterinary care in the Monterey County area. We strive every day to be a welcoming, skilled, and cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions. For us, this means keeping you, the pet owner, at the center of all we do.  

Jumping Joey

We truly do appreciate it and we are lucky there are even organizations like this that help people in need.

— Caitlyn —
Dayne, a US Navy Servicemember and his wife Caitlyn had been planning for months to become the new owners of a beautiful black and white Mini Doodle. Being stationed in different locations for the military, picking the right dog for their family was very important. They saw pictures online of the puppies and fell in love with one puppy in particular who they watched grow old enough they could bring them home. When they were able to pick up this energetic puppy, the name Joey came to mind right away. Unknown to this family, poor Joey had gotten Parvo while he was at his original home. So, when they brought him home, just 3 days after having him, Joey began to have tummy troubles. Being responsible pet owners and worried about their new bundle of joy, they rushed to Monterey Animal Hospital, where treatment was needed to cure his Parvo. As the situation was tight at home, this military family reached out to Max's Helping Paws to request financial assistance for Joey's care. With the support from Max's and the care from our partner veterinarians, Joey was able to receive the medications needed to get rid of his Parvo and finally join his new family.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
We have been providing the highest quality, personalized medical care to the dogs and cats of the Monterey Peninsula since 1966. We offer comprehensive veterinary services and boarding in an atmosphere where clients and patients are treated with genuine compassion. We look forward to meeting you and your pets!  

Blissful Barney

Barney is my son's best friend.

— Brenda —
A cutie cocker spaniel, still a puppy at a year and 1/2 old, Barney has quickly become an inseparable part of this family's lives. When they went to pick a new puppy from the litter, they had chosen Barney from among 3 others when Brenda's son fell in love with Barney right away. With a son who suffers from depression, anxiety and emotional trauma, Barney has become more than a pet, but a true companion of support for this family. As a single parent, Brenda has kept strong when faced with job loss, cancer within the family and emotional distress. So when Barney began experiencing signs of physical distress such as throwing up and lethargy, this was one more plate to juggle for Brenda. While diligently sending out job applications, yet repeatedly not finding an summer teaching jobs, Brenda was nervous about the possible cost of care for Barney. As a responsible and loving pet owner, Brenda knew Barney was too important for the family to lose and so took Barney to the Pet Specialists of Monterey right away. Barney was diagnosed with pneumonia and needed immediate care. Already financially strained due to daily expenses, Brenda was heart broken to learn the cost of the treatment for Barney. She felt some relief when the veterinarian mentioned Max's Helping Paws as a possibility for support during this time and so she applied for a grant for Barney. After the surgery was completed and Barney recovered, Brenda shared with us some of the things she loved the most about Barney. He is "sweet, energetic, loves to play with people and other dogs. He is always doing fun things that entertain and amuse the family." This family of 2 was relieved and grateful to have their faithful companion healthy again.
 
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The World is Rosie Again

She's our perfect pet, we want to see her healthy again.

— Virginia —
With a surprise and a hug, Virginia's daughter presented her with a wiggling and joyful Cockapoo 7 years ago. This joyful pup named Rosie has maintained her playful spirit as she has bonded with her owner Virginia as the years have passed. Early in July, 2020, Virginia was concerned to find Rosie was experiencing signs of distress and took her to Banfield first for diagnostics. Once there, an obstruction was found to be causing the troubles for Rosie and surgery would be needed. After spending over $1,000 on the diagnostics, Virginia was faced with the heart wrenching possibility of having to euthanize her beloved Rosie if surgery could not be performed. With the only barrier to this surgery being financial, Virginia reached out for help. Max's Helping Paws, Peace of Mind & BirchBark and  all joined forces on this one to help Virginia, as there was simply no way for her to afford what needed to be done - even with the discount provided by VCA All Pets, where she took Rosie for surgery early the next morning. Thanks to a brilliant collaboration between local animal welfare nonprofits,  and the expert team at the VCA, Rosie's story had a welcome, but unexpected ending. Virginia told us, "Good news Rosie came through her surgery and everything is good the doctor said there was no obstruction there was no foreign object somehow she has scar tissue where we spayed her and she thinks that that might have been involved in the blockage so they didn't have to open her stomach... I'm so glad bless you and everybody that came to our rescue we can't thank you all enough there's a place in heaven for all of you. Much love Virginia Valdez and Rosie🥰”  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians. And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.  

Casper the Creative

I just wanted to say thank you and to everyone at maxs paws for the help,it is much needed at this time..

— Jose —
Earlier this year, while out and about with his family, Casper the Pitbull ran a little too fast one day and tore his ACL. The Vargas family was distraught over Casper's injury. Casper had been with the family since he was 5 months old, and 5 years later was indeed truly a family member. Responding quickly to Casper's pain, the Vargas' took him to the Pet Specialists of Monterey for prompt care. Also being responsible pet owners who were willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of their beloved dog, they reached out to Max's Helping Paws. They were concerned about being able to provide the financial means for the repair of Casper's ACL. Mr. Vargas reached out multiple times as he completed his application, as he wanted to make sure he did everything perfectly so Casper could have the help he needed. With the assistance of Max's and the skill of our veterinary partners, Casper was able to receive the surgery needed. Since April, Casper has been recovering and his ability for movement has been increasing. The next steps for Casper and the Vargas family will be post operative care. The Vargas familiy realizes that the surgery was the first step in a long healing process for Casper and they have the loving patience to help Casper continue his recovery. Checking in with the Vargas Family, they shared the outcome of Casper's recovery with us: "We are doing great! Casper is looking and feeling great.He is walking fine and is very happy.Thank you for asking...and thanks to you and everyone at Maxs paws for all the support, it is greatly appreciated.I will take a picture of us out on a walk as soon as possible." We can't wait to see the picture of this happy family soon!
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Elementary, my dear Watson

It's because of what you do he gets a chance to live.

— Jim —
Just a few weeks before this story begins, this West Highland White Terrier came into the life of Jim as a bright ray of sunshine and joy. In the past few weeks, these two have bonded closer than Sherlock and his trusty companion. As a new and attentive owner, Jim noticed right away when Watson began experiencing signs of throwing up and stomach troubles. Jim responded quickly and took Watson to the Pet Specialists of Monterey immediately when these signs occurred. After some diagnostic testing, the cause of trouble was still undetermined for Watson and the veterinarian recommended he stay for overnight testing and observation. This occurred for 2 nights, and Jim had spent literally everything he had, and then some, on the diagnostics for Watson to receive the required tests. On the 3rd night of recommended care and diagnostics, Jim reached out to Max's Helping Paws. He was aware that Watson needed to have help, but is in a tough financial position due to Covid19. With nothing but concern for his companion first on his mind, Jim shared, "Watson is a really good puppy. He deserves life. If I don't get this help he may die. Please help me." Watson's liver wasn't functioning the way it needed to, and it was clear he was on the mend with a good prognosis. To send him home at that point would be dangerous and potentially take Watson backwards in his recovery.  Max's reached out to an angel donor to help secure the additional funds for Watson, which allowed Watson to get the 24/7 care he would need in order to survive.  Thanks to Jim's quick responses in getting Watson to a veterinarian, as well as taking the steps needed to ensure the proper care could be provided...Watson is taking it slow as he returns to his old, playful, puppy self. Jim has kept us updated with Watson's progress and happily reported: "I brought him home yesterday.So far so good. He is playful and seems to be eating well. But he still gets tired pretty quickly. I weighed him with me on the bathroom scale, he did lose a pound. They gave me antibiotics, probiotics and appetite stimulant. After his shots if you're available I would love to bring him over so that you guys could see him in person." We look forward to meeting Jim and Watson soon!
 
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lucky Lucy

We received the fantastic news that she's fully recovered and is negative for everything

— Matthew —
With the excitement of the whole family, 8 week old German Shepard, Lucy, was adopted. The person they got her from told them she would be taken to a shelter very soon, so the family made a quick decision to "rescue" this little girl, even though this family had just spent time, lots of energy and lots of financial resource preparing for their move from California to New York.  As a family about to uproot their lives for a new assignment, Lucy's mom had recently left her job, so they were already one income down. Less than 24 hours after bringing Lucy home, Lucy became incredibly and dangerously ill, and was diagnosed with Parvo, which many puppies cannot survive. The family was panicked and saddened that their new puppy was suffering and in severe pain. They felt helpless. As a family in the military on a set income, they also realized the cost would be more than their family was able to provide, so they reached out to Max's Helping Paws for assistance in making sure Lucy received the veterinary care needed for a healthy recovery. After several very nervous nights, Lucy was able to return home, with her parents telling us that now "She's asleep at home now, and we will keep you posted on her progress.She's acting like a puppy again. Thank you so much!" Update on Lucy:  "Lucy had a great day today! She woke up full of energy and ready to play. She is still recovering as she spent the remainder of the day eating, drinking, and sleeping. The kids are having a blast with her and we are all so happy that she is home. We can't thank you enough for the part you played in her recovery." Becoming an Insta-Star! Lucy's family was so excited about her recovery and health...they created her own Instagram page! You can now follow Lucy and her adventures @adventuresoflucillecourage. She's doing great! Leash training is going really well, trying to teach her "kisses" so she isn't as nippy. Follow Lucy's story and continue to see this journey of hope and recovery!  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Stevie the Wonder Dog

I adopted her to give her a better life.

— Carly —
Still puppy-hearted at 4 years old, Stevie the Catahoula/English Setter has already experienced many trials during her short life due to a genetically caused blindness. She was rescued from a back alley breeder in Cachagua. Her owner Carly shared that "recently one of her eyes developed glaucoma. She needs to have it removed and my insurance won't cover it. This surgery will help her to lead a happy and pain free life. She currently needs eye drops 3 times a day and she hates it and is always in pain. I adopted her to give her a better life and I would be so grateful if your organization could help me to give her that. Thank you so much for your time and consideration." With the cost of the surgery looming, Stevie's owner Carly got in touch with Max's Helping Paws for support. Seeing this blind and beautiful puppy in need of treatment, Max's was able to offer the financial support for Stevie to take her next steps toward surgery. Carly's delight in being able to continue helping Stevie was evident in her response, "Oh yay!! Thanks so much again!! All my animals have something "special" about them, but rescuing a blind puppy has definitely been one of the most challenging and most rewarding decisions I have made. Thanks to you and your entire organization for helping me give Stevie the pain free life she deserves! The surgery is on Saturday so I will definitely be in touch." Once the surgery occurred, the chronic pain and problematic eye is now relieved for Stevie. In fact, Stevie and Carly are on the loving road to recovery and healthy living once again. As a responsible, faithful and grateful pet owner, Carly continues to send updates about Stevie. With the latest, "She is doing well and starting to behave like her old self again. Thank you so much for your help and support through this!"  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Located in Pacific Grove, CA, Cottage Veterinary Care provides pets and pet owners with quality veterinary care in the Monterey County area. We strive every day to be a welcoming, skilled, and cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions. For us, this means keeping you, the pet owner, at the center of all we do.  

Brinkley Had The Blues

We are a newly relocated military family and are in need of community support.

— Moore Family —
Brinkley Moore has a distinguished name for a 1 year old Labrador puppy, and has lived up to that name well so far! In his short time with the Moore family, he has quickly filled their military home with puppy wags and playfulness. When Brinkley began experiencing liver problems, the Moore family was quick to respond and began obtaining treatment right away. Even though they were recently relocated to the Monterey area, they sought out a veterinarian as soon as Brinkley began having troubles. As they worked with the veterinarian, it became clear Brinkley had a condition that was going to require continued treatment. As hearts stretched and finances becoming tighter with the care, the Moore's reached out to Max's Helping Paws for financial assistance. They shared, "Brinkley is currently experiencing unusual liver symptoms and he is running a fever. We are a military family that just drove across the country and moved in about a week ago. We still don’t have any of our belongings and are unsure as to how he got sick due to the nature of our move. He is lethargic and was vomiting with stomach problems upon admittance to the animal hospital." We are applying for assistance as we just paid for our move out of our own pocket, upwards of $8,000, and since we still do not have our belongings, have had to make purchases to help us get by in the meantime. We’ve already paid $3,000 to the vet for this urgent care and are quickly running out of funds." With a puppy's health and life still in the balance, Max's Helping Paws was able to provide the assistance needed to ensure Brinkley continued on his path of healing.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Treasure of Oppa

This dog is a part of our family and has been a great contribution to our family, we would greatly appreciate any help in saving our dogs life

— Amy —
Hearing a sound like a cry, the family was pulled towards a dumpster 7 years ago and discovered an unexpected surprise. Tiny and hungry, a Pitbull puppy had been left by itself. Seeing this puppy in distress, the family knew they had discovered not just a treasure, but a new family member. 7 years later, this playful Pittie, Oppa, had become lethargic and was experiencing signs of illness. Taking Oppa to the Pet Specialists of Monterey, it was discovered that a partial urinary obstruction, as well as an abscess and hypoglycemia, were the culprits of poor health in Oppa. The family was able to cover a portion of the medical costs, but the unexpected costs added up quicker than they were ready for. They got in touch with Max's Helping Paws and inquired about financial assistance for the remaining portion of the veterinary bills. Thanks to patient care and treatment, Oppa was able to return home to the family - happy and healthy once again!
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Blankies are for snuggling only

Time was of the essence and we could not wait in order to save her life.

— Julietta —
Like all puppies, 1 year old Ginger loves to play! In fact, she got a little lost in playtime with her other family dog and began to eat a blanket instead of just play with it. Not realizing what had happened, her owner was distraught when she realized the blanket had been eaten and was now causing major problems for Ginger. The owner Julietta described the situation best by sharing, "Ginger was playing tug-a-war with a blanket and our other dog. We then saw later on that day the blanket was ripped in the center. We then threw away the blanket. Two days later, we bathed her in the morning and she looked completely fine. Once it hit nighttime, we noticed she was 3 times her size in the abdomen. We took her right away to Monterey Peninsula Hospital." Being impacted with Covid-19, Julietta turned to Max's Helping Paws for financial support for the emergency surgery needed for Ginger. Thankfully, Max's Helping Paws was able to offer support for Ginger to get treatment, which might include surgery (but fortunately didn't!) Ginger was able to come back home to Julietta safe and sound, healing well and hopefully remembering not to get quite so involved in playtime with her 'brother'.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center is a well-established, 24/7/365, full service, state-of-the-art hospital which is known for providing compassionate pet care as well as for our highly experienced and well-trained veterinary team that possess the ability to provide a wide range of veterinary services in our all-encompassing facility. MPVESC’s many capabilities and service areas exemplify the versatility of our practice, and we strive to be as flexible and effective as possible in all that we do.

A Bite Out of this Cookie!

Cookie is such an amazing dog and I just want the best for him!

— Joceline —
Cookie is a lovely 9 month old poodle who has been embraced with love by his family. He is such a part of the family that they take turns walking him. It was on one of these walks with Jocelin's niece that Cookie was unexpectedly bitten by a neighborhood dog. Already a hard working student faced with job loss due to Covid -19, Jocelin turned to Max's Helping Paws for financial assistance in treatment. She let us know, "Hi my name is Jocelin. I am 18 and I have lost my job due to Covid 19. I have tried hard so much these months, with the loss of my job and having to pay for school it has been very hard. I love my animals and it would be amazing if you guys could help me. Cookie is such an amazing dog and I just want the best for him. Anything could help I don’t have a lot right now, anything helps." With providing the community with the means for emergency care on their beloved companions, Max's Helping Paws was able to ensure Cookie received the treatment needed to cleanse and repair the dog bite. With smiles for the whole family, Cookie was able to join them at home after treatment and has already been back to his perky puppy self again.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Emma Has Hope

She will be able to recover and be part of our family for a long time to come.

— Matthew —
When our beloved pets hurt, we hurt. Owner Matthew felt his heart strings pulled when his 9 year old Anatolian Shepherd, Emma, began experiencing problems effecting her liver. As a responsible pet owner, he took Emma to the Pet Specialists of Monterey and began getting her the diagnostics and treatments needed for her health. As time progresses, the ongoing nature of the treatment began to become quite expensive, and Matthew reached out to Max's Helping Paws. "Emma wants to live and her blood tests are looking better and better. She is allowing us to hand feed her in visits to the hospital. But she needs more time for her liver to recover. After 60 hours treatment, we have reached the end of our budget, and we will need to bring her home to give her the best care we can, or, if necessary, in-home euthanasia." Facing this heart-tugging decision of possible euthanasia with lack of treatment, Max's Helping Paws was able to collaborate with Matthew and the Pet Specialists of Monterey in order for Emma to continue receiving the liver treatments and diagnostics for her recovery. The latest update on Emma's recovery: "Emma looked really improved and happy this morning and she won't eat for the doctors but she will eat for us if we hand-feed her and she is keeping her food down. She just needs a little more time for her liver to regenerate, and she will be able to recover and be part of our family for a long time to come."  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.     Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Quirky Koko

Marissa was caught off guard when her 6 year old Shih Tzu, Koko, began to vomit, have stomach troubles and became extremely lethargic. She immediately took Koko to the Pet Specialists of Monterey for diagnostics testing in order to save her precious pup. Koko has been an inspiration for Marissa not only as a pet, but as a companion to her for the past 6 years. Learning that Koko would need to undergo xrays and other diagnostics was not something Marissa had counted on. While prepared financially to support Koko, the testing was going to be more than Marissa realized. Marissa reached out to Max's Helping Paws in order to provide the additional cost of the diagnostics which were needed. Once Koko was able to receive the treatments needed thanks in part to Max's, Marissa gratefully brought Koko home to heal. While it was still unknown what caused the upset for Koko, Marissa now has peace of mind that Koko is on a full path to recovery.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
As the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets.

Quick Action Saved Daisy

Daisy is just as pretty as her name, and her owner Jose and his family have enjoyed this precious pooch for 12 years so far. A true family dog who is exuberant to meet any new puppy friends, Daisy brings joy to her family every day. Suddenly her dad noticed that Daisy was feeling a little droopy and not fully shining as she began to experience signs of illness. Although her normal veterinarian is Northridge Animal Hospital, Daisy needed assistance after business hours, so Jose wasted no time in taking Daisy to an emergency specialist. Within 24 hours, it was discovered Daisy had Diabetes and was developing some masses. Once the diagnostic was given, working together with the Pet Specialists of Monterey and their normal veterinarian, Northridge Animal Hospital, Jose was able to start Daisy on the path to managing her Diabetes. After 12 years together, Jose was willing to do whatever he needed to get the care for Daisy, including asking for financial assistance with the diagnostics and continued care needed. Once contacted, Max's Helping Paws was able to support Jose and Daisy with financial assistance in obtaining the veterinary care she needed. After the diagnostic tests, treatments and recovery, Daisy is now safely at home with her Diabetes managed well by her owner Jose and their veterinarian partners Northridge Animal Hospital. Sometimes, it takes a village to ensure the health and well-being of our beloved companions.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Pretty is now Purrfect again

My hours were cut due to Covid-19 affecting my job in the hospitality industry.

— Tim —
2 years ago, a frisky, playful kitty named Pretty decided she would find a new home. She chose Tim and Adrienne as her new forever home and has lived with them ever since. Unexpectedly, in the beginning of July, Pretty started to get sick and her family began to worry. While it is never a good time for a loved furry companion to get sick, the timing was especially tight due to COVID-19 impacting the work of both Tim and Adrienne. Seeing their beloved cat in pain, they reached out to Max's Helping Paws to try and obtain the financial assistance needed to ensure treatment for Pretty. They shared with us, "Our sweet girl needs surgery to add drainage tubes in her chest due to an infection. She has already been in the hospital for several days, meaning we are already paying a lot of money for her, plus whatever future treatments she will need to fully recover. We are also waiting for test results that can take even more time. This is making it extremely difficult to continue to pay for our girl's treatment. She is very important to us and is my girlfriend's emotional support animal. We can't afford to lose her." Once again, Max's Helping Paws was able to help support a family whose pet needed immediate care and attention.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cheeky Chiquita

I am attempting to be a responsible pet owner and pay as much as I can in order to make my pet healthy.

— Ortiz Family —
14 years ago, little Chiquita found her forever family as a gift from a family member. This beloved animal was not just a pet, but truly a family member who brings joy to the whole family each day. Chiquita's family was in the process of grieving one family pet, Sanga, when their 14 year old Pomeranian became unexpectedly ill. Chiquita was very sick. had no appetite and was very lethargic, the family became increasingly worried for her health. They monitored her signs and symptoms and kept very close track of her well being. When Chiquita became ill within a few hours, they quickly took her to the Pet Specialists of Monterey. Her family knew that treatment was needed for Chiquita and quickly reached out to Max's Helping Paws. They shared that the family of 3 were already in tight financial straights due to past family medical matters, and the upcoming cost of Chiquita's care was overwhelming to the family. She shared: "I am a single parent that is living pay check to pay check. I am also living with and helping my parents financially. My father's disability was discontinued this past year and we are all doing our best to make ends meet." Together, with the financial assistance from Max's and outstanding veterinary care, Chiquita was able to get treatment. This grieving family was given new hope when Chiquita was able to be restored to health and home after her surgery.    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

An Unexpected Day For Peaches

High energy and nothing but smiles, Peaches and her human Caroline fell in love at first sight when they met a year ago. 8 year old Peaches has been a ball of fluffy joy for Caroline ever since she adopted him last year. Nobody was more surprised than Peaches when this perky Pomeranian began having signs of vomiting, drinking excess water and not eating. In a flurry of worry, Caroline knew she needed to ask for assistance in order to determine what Peaches needed. She explained the situation, "He started to throw up, not eating, and cries in pain often. He will drink lots of water and not urinate. He keeps eating grass. I’m applying because the costs of the full diagnostics is extremely expensive and I cannot afford because of unemployment with COVID 19." Keeping the needs of Peaches and her responsible owner in mind, Max's Helping Paws was able to offer the financial support needed for the diagnostic testing which then began the road to recovery. After Peaches received the care needed, Caroline was able to bring him home where he could be with family again and continue his life of smiles.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Carson’s Catastrophe

Carson is the best loving family dog!

— Lisa —
While chicken wings may be a delicious treat to eat during a football game for humans...Carson the Lab mix soon discovered they are not meant for dog tummies. After indulging in 4 chicken wings not meant for him, Carson began experiencing a high fever, lethargy and decreased appetite. His family of 6 reached out to Max's Helping Paws: "My husband is currently laid off due to Covid 19 pandemic. In addition, I am a teacher entering into summer months where I receive less pay. So, my family of 6 is being supported by one income right now. I would greatly appreciate any help this organization could offer us. Carson is the best loving family dog!" Knowing this 10 year old dog was a family member, Max's Helping Paws was able to provide the financial assistance needed for Carson to get the diagnostic testing and treatment needed such as IVs, injections and an overnight stay for observation. After a little R&R with veterinary care, Carson was able to return home to his family healthy again and knowing a little better than to eat chicken wings again! As we follow up with clients, we were delighted to hear from Lisa that Carson is at home and back to being her son's faithful companion once again.

"The surgery kept this boy with his best bud."

About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

Cooper’s Recovery

The joy of bringing home a new pet was damped just 3 weeks in as the Vargas family discovered their 6 month old Border Collie mix named Cooper throwing up repeatedly one day. The family acted quickly to get the care Cooper needed and shared: "Cooper became very ill. I noticed he wasn’t eating, vomiting and was having stomach troubles. I am concerned for his well being so I took to only clinic that was able to take him in immediately. I cannot afford to pay for veterinary bill given my financial circumstances which is why I was referred to Max’s Helping Paws. " With the pandemic happening, this family of 4 was struggling, and the last thing they wanted was to see their new puppy suffer, so they reached out to Max's Helping Paws. With the financial assistance provided by Max's and the skillful treatment by the Pet Specialists of Monterey, Cooper was able to get the much-needed tummy relief he needed. Thank goodness this family acted fast!
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Beautiful Bonzo

Bonzo is family.

— Carol —
This 3 year old Bombay beauty of a feline named Bonzo has been with her family since she was a kitten. In a loving household of 2 humans and another feline companion, Bonzo has had a very contented life. When Bonzo began to get sick, her owner Carol quickly reached out to Max's Helping Paws. Carol shared: "Bonzo has been vomiting after every meal since Thursday night and he is toward the end of a urinary tract infection. I am disabled and on a low fixed income and my Son's hours at work were reduced these past 2 months which is why I'm requesting help." This caring pet owner turned to Max's for the financial support needed to get the diagnostic testing required to determine what care was needed. Once the diagnostics were able to be done, treatment was given and Bonzo began the process of healing.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tiny Tabby’s Paw

Quiddy is not our pet, she is a family member.

— Benny —
Being attentive to their 9 month old tabby cat named Quiddy, the Gonzales family noticed one morning that something was off with Quiddy's right front paw. Normally a playful and frisky kitty, Quiddy was now guarding her foot and seemed as if she was in pain. The family reached out the Max's Helping Paws and shared their concerns as well as request for assistance: "Quiddy is hurt on her front right paw. She can't walk on it, she hasn't been eating as much as she usually does. Also seems to be sleeping a lot more. We are applying for assistance because my husband is on SSI disability and I'm currently employed but no work because of the virus. I also have a small retirement each month that helps, but we are barely making it right now. To see her hurt makes it hard for us emotionally. When going through two family deaths and one family member having brain hemorrhaging but recovering from it. It was last thing we could handle. We love Quiddy very much. Especially when we are trying to cope with what is dealt to us. She brightens our day....everyday. When Quiddy is happy you could tell, she'll lie down in front of you and just CHILL!!!! There's days when we come home, she'll stand be the door and meow until we let her out for awhile. When it's time to come in, she'll stand there outside looking at us like if she is letting us know she will go in when she wants to. Quiddy and Benny are very close. Benny would tell her " mama you're so gorgeous." "She would rub against his leg or lie down in front of him. But since her injury, she hasn't been happy. We could tell that she is in pain. Having Quiddy around makes us happy to have her. Can you please help us? We never ask for any help from anyone, we do with what we have. but in Quiddy's case we have no way of helping her." While the financial assistance offered through Max's Helping Paws and the VCA All Pets allowed Quiddy to receive the treatment needed, it was truly the love of her family that has allowed her to recover.    
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.   

Shadow’s Success

We've had Shadow since he was 3 months old.

— Esteban —
Knowing their beloved feline's daily routine, Esteban was surprised when Shadow returned from his morning stroll limping. " Usually our cat sleeps inside the house and goes for a walk in the mornings. Shadow left in the morning and he came back home around 11:00 am limping on his left rear leg. Shadow was taken to the vet that day and back to the vet on May 10, 2020. Shadow did not get better after 2 visits and he was taken back today back to the vet." With 4 children under the age of 18,  Estaban, a custodian at a school that was shut down due to Covid-19, inquired of Max's Helping Paws for financial assistance so Shadow could receive the needed diagnostic care for his leg. After the Xrays and tests were completed, a plan of recovery was created for Shadow and his leg was able to start mending.    
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.   

Cali’s California Dream

It's been hard to stay afloat and not give up for my little family.

— Jessica —
When a neighbor's dog had puppies almost 8 years ago, the Castro family felt love at first sight for this beautiful pit bull. Since that time, Cali has been an inseparable part of this family, sharing in family picnics, holidays and the every day life of the Castro family. As a family member of the Castro family, when Cali got diagnosed with cancer, everyone felt concern. With resolve and heartfelt resiliency, the Castro's reached out to Max's Helping Paws. "My dog has cancer. I am applying for assistance because I am a single mom of two with my husband deported. It's been hard to stay afloat and not let this depression bring me down and continue to fight and not give up for my little family." Cali has not only been a pet, but has been a companion and family member to this resilient family. With Max's Helping Paws financial support, Cali was able to get the medications needed to take the next steps forward in her treatment. Since that time, she is reported to be have an increased appetite and a full return to health is in her future.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
The Animal Cancer Center of Monterey is here to provide hope and comfort along with the most innovative treatments for pets with cancer. Animal Cancer Center is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for pets living with cancer. We create a personal treatment plan to meet the specific needs of you and your pet. Our goal is to provide compassionate care and understanding by presenting as many options as possible so you and your family can choose the best cancer therapy for your loved one.

Angel in Need of an Angel

If it was not for Max's Helping Paws Foundation and Dr. Fradkin, I would not have been able to afford veterinary care for Angel.

— Melinda —
Linda is Angel's mom, and is a senior on an extremely fixed income. Angel is a cute orange Tabby Angel got from a local rescue at 8 weeks old. They are life-companions. A long-time client of Monterey Animal Hospital, when Angel wasn't eating and was lethargic, her family veterinary practice immediately sponsored her for financial assistance.  Angel was in need of ongoing medication for Angel's heart and kidney issues. Linda, fearing her inability to make the payments, was hesitant to exhaust her credit, as she had recently lost her CA Disability payments and lives with her mother, also on disability with severely fixed income. Linda qualified for  the Continued Care Program, and has been helping pay for Angel's medications and checkups for more than 6 months. This allowed Linda more time with Angel she just wouldn't have otherwise had. "I want to thank Max's Helping Paws Foundation and Dr. Fradkin for helping my cat Angel. Angel is 17 years old and has been ill with Heart problems and Pancreatitis. I rescued Angel through Animal Friends Rescue Project at the age of 8 weeks old. Angel means the world to me. Thank you Dr Fradkin, Dr Lesser and Dr Chung for taking wonderful care of Angel. It has been a very difficult time in my life. Angel and I want to express our appreciation and gratitude to Max's Helping Paws Foundation. Thank you for the bottom of my heart for saving Angel's life."  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
We have been providing the highest quality, personalized medical care to the dogs and cats of the Monterey Peninsula since 1966. We offer comprehensive veterinary services and boarding in an atmosphere where clients and patients are treated with genuine compassion. We look forward to meeting you and your pets!  

Stars Align For Cosmo

Cosmo's injury couldn't have come at a worse time.

— Amy —
This sweet family of 3 has enjoyed their 4th family member, Cosmo, since they got him as a puppy 12 years ago. As a family, they love taking Cosmo on walks outside and to play in the park. On one of their walks, they were surprised by a neighbor's dog who attacked Cosmo. Cosmo ended up with a bite on his left ear that needed immediate attention. Due to COVID-19, the Ausonio family was in a bind to supply the financial means necessary for Cosmo to be treated. Turning to Max's Helping Paws, they shared, "My husband is our primary income, and I am a full time nursing student. I watched other children beside my own daughter to supplement my income before COVID-19, but due to the shelter in place we no longer have that income. Cosmo's injury couldn't come at a worse time." Max's Helping Paws was pleased to be able to offer the financial support needed for Cosmo to receive treatment. After skillful stitching from the Pet Specialists of Monterey and a cone of protection, Cosmo was able to come home to his family where he got the rest he needed to heal. This family is once again taking the walks they love together!  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey As the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws FoundationPet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets.

A New View For Tequila

Literally, if it wasn't for you, she wouldn't have been alive right now.

— Oscar —
It was anything but Happy Hour when 8 year old Tequila began having a swollen eye. As her owner Oscar, who, just a week or two after COVID began, was laid off from his brick and mortar appliance store. Oscar monitored the situation and saw there had been no scuffle between the other household animals, and nowhere Tequila could have fallen, his concern grew. Oscar took Tequila to Ophthalmology for Animals who assessed the both eyes would need to be removed with surgery. Oscar shared with Max's Helping Paws that due to the coronavirus pandemic, he has been placed on furlough indefinitely from his job and was not able to afford the needed procedures. With his family in a similar financial strain due to COVID-19 and unable to offer support, Oscar applied for financial assistance with Max's Helping Paws. With the financial assistance from Max's, Tequila was able to receive the needed eye surgery. Once the surgery was completed, Tequila has returned home, where Oscar has showered her with loving care on her way to health. She's learning to find her way, and Oscar is there to help her adjust to HER new normal.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Just as with human medicine, there are occasions when your veterinarian might suggest a referral to an eye specialist to better meet your pet's needs. Ann Gratzek, DVM, Diplomate ACVO and Elizabeth Curto, DVM, Diplomate ACVO, along with their team are here to help.    

A Family Member In Need

Sammy is my husband's partner and goes everywhere with him as his companion, his everything. We can't lose her.

— Stephanie —
  When Sammy Joe became sick due to an unknown liver toxin, her family got in touch with Max's Helping Paws and shared their story. "We have just come out of bankruptcy and are trying to hold onto our home with covid and some other things. We have struggled month to month and are currently trying to keep our mortgage and bills current. My husband is a hard worker and at 67 is still out doing construction which is a blessing. Sammy is his partner and goes everywhere with him, his companion his everything, and we can't loose her. We are trying to do everything we can to hang onto her however this was not expected and we have no savings or credit cards to help. This is devastating and I thank god it's not one of our children or grandchildren, but Sammy Joe is our family member." "My husband and I went to visit her and he was in tears and was unable to speak to the Dr, it's heartbreaking. With covid we have been living off my income plus SSN only and it's been difficult and scary My husband does EVERYTHING for everyone with a smile on his face. He never asks for anything in return. He is an honest, hard working man who loves his family. This is his 2nd lab we lost Max yers ago had to put him down we couldn't afford the surgery he needed at the time. I don't want to see him go through such a thing again, especially because Sammy is so young. She has been titled with her JR Hunter, Senior Hunter and is in processing of getting her companion certificate. Please help us help her . She is my husband's BEST FRIEND. Understand we don't go out, or take vacations - we have each other and our animals . Anything you can do would be a blessing. Thank you for just taking us into consideration." With hopeful hearts for Sammy Joe's full recovery, Max's was able to offer the financial support needed for this family to make sure Sammy Joe received the treatment needed. Thanks to the expert medical care and love at home, Sammy Joe is able to remain at her owner's side every day as a constant companion once again.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Gidget, a Genetic Condition Repaired

She is the one I talk to, I laugh with, study next to on the floor, and my "co-pilot" in life. Please help us..

— Melinda —
Gidget is an 8-year old Chihuahua Mix found wandering the streets many years ago in South Central Los Angeles by her mom, Melinda, a tutor with CSUMB.  Melinda reached out to Max's so upset and afraid for her pup. She wrote, " For the last 3 days Gidget is not able to stand alone on all four legs and also she is unable to walk. She began limping (not bearing weight in her left leg) and I brought her into Pet Specialists of Monterey and they said she has what is known as bilateral (both hind legs) patellar luxation "floating knee caps", a structural issue found and most likely born with. Dr. Dearmin said he recommended a procedure called Bilateral Lateral Fabellar and could give Gidget the ability to stand, walk and function normally. I am a full time student at CSUMB I want to become an elementary teacher and I tutor part time. Gidget is my emotional support animal. I was diagnosed with PTSD from when my daughter had a bone marrow transplant--I was her care provider and went through everything with her." Melinda is a phenomenal pet mom, and we were THRILLED to be able to help make the surgery happen for Gidget.  Melinda wrote us just yesterday to tell us that "Gidget is SMILING again!" YAY!!  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
  Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws FoundationPet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.  

Toby Beat All Odds

Thanks so much to Max's Paws Foundation in helping Toby beat Parvo. I had concerns in the beginning that he wouldn't turn the corner. Luckily he did and is now bursting with life..

— Dr. Chung, Monterey Animal Hospital —
Toby arrived at his new family home in May 2020, from a local friend for their son's birthday. The amount of love Toby expressed helped their son coup with the stress of the pandemic and school shutdowns. A day later little Toby was not feeling well and needed help fast. The sadness overwhelmed Toby's family and they knew Toby needed help. Monterey Animal Hospital was there to help. Dr. Chung and her staff were there to help Toby and his parents every step of the way. Toby was diagnosed with Parvo, an illness which carries with it an incredibly high mortality rate. After extensive treatment, he tried to show his amazing personality when he went home. Toby showed his bravery and his will to live with his new loving family. Toby and his family provided home care for numerous days staying up all hours to ensure Toby received his medication under the guidance of Dr. Chung. Monterey Animal Hospital staff member, Moe was extremely helpful and sympathetic for Toby and his family, and assisted them with the necessary paperwork to get financial help from Max’s Helping Paws was there.Toby is healthy and is probably the happiest and most loving Basset Hound puppy. He spends his days playing with his brother Danta the Corgi and Charlotte the Mini-Dachshund. Toby loves his walks and his snuggle time on the couch.    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Monterey Animal Hospital has been providing the highest quality, personalized medical care to the dogs and cats of the Monterey Peninsula since 1966. They offer comprehensive veterinary services and boarding in an atmosphere where clients and patients are treated with genuine compassion.    

Betty Boop, Cuts Like a Knife

If we had the means to help them, we would, unfortunately we are struggling to keep our employees paid.

— Michelle, the parents' employer —
Betty Boop is an 8-year old rescue dog and lives a successful life with parents who normally have no trouble paying debts or caring for their pet. We're told that normally you can find Betty dressed in a dress and happily playing with her siblings and walking with her mama. When Betty, a normally pretty rambunctious dog ingested something she shouldn't have, she ended up with sharp - and very dangerous - bone shards in her intestines.  Without going into emergency surgery to remove the shards, there was little likelihood Betty could possibly survive.  Betty's parents are long time employees of the same company, and their employer, feeling so guilty about having to have drastically reduce both their paychecks because of COVID-19, wrote us a touching letter, asking us to help. She was in critical condition. Max's very quickly reviewed the application and assisted with treatment! Betty did incredibly well during surgery and started her recovery almost immediately!  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws FoundationPet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.  

Tummy Troubles for Duesy

YOU are awesome!!!!! we would be lost without your generosity.

— Rachel —
"This 11 year old long, haired dachshund has been with our family since she was a puppy. When she started having less appetite and lethargy a week ago, our family was highly concerned. We thought she had ingested some wood chips and was experiencing stomach problems from this. When we took her to the vet, they told us she would need surgery to remove the chips from her tummy." When the Daniels family took her to the Pet Specialists of Monterey, Duesy was suffering and her family knew that without immediate removal of this foreign material, Duesy absolutely would not survive. The family's work hours have been drastically reduced due to COVID-19, as they work in Monterey hospitality,  and had no available credit to help their family's companion. Thanks to the financial assistance from Max's Helping Paws, hospitalization, testing, and removal of the chips were the first steps taken in a return to health for Duesy. Duesy did have some underlying issues that were brought to the surface by this situation, and has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Her mom is so grateful for the extra time she had with her beloved girl. "I would like to say again that I am very grateful for Max's Helping Paws help for my sweet little doggy"  
         
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey As the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws FoundationPet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.    

Chico’s Recovery Celebration

We really need help our dog needs an emergency surgery and the corona virus is making our situation worse.

— Gicela —
As a service dog providing comfort and emotional support, when Chico got sick, the impact was far reaching on the family. With a humble and hopeful heart, owner Gicela quickly reached out to Max's Helping Paws to save Chico. "We really need help our dog needs an emergency surgery and the corona virus is making our situation worse. My dog is a service dog because I suffer from depression and anxiety. My dog Chico has been urinating blood and has become weak. We are applying for help because we are in a difficult situation. I am in process workers compensation and social security." "I was counting on the help of my daughter but she was laid off and is applying for unemployment." With the financial assistance provided by Max's Helping Paws and working with our veterinary partners the Pet Specialists of Monterey and the VCA All Pets, Chico was able to receive the needed treatment. The removal of a cyst blocking urinary function was completed with a successful surgery. Once returning home after post surgery, Chico is once again serving as a support animal to Gicela.    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey As the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws FoundationPet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.

Breathing Relief For Coco

When 14 week old Coco joined Alyssa and her 3 children at home, it was love at first sight. After 3 weeks together, the family realized Coco was having trouble breathing and was gasping for breath. Scared for their new Siberian Husky and family member, Alyssa sought out resources for Coco. During a time when her world had been impacted by financial loss due to COVID-19, Alyssa contacted Max's Helping Paws for financial assistance in obtaining the veterinary care Coco needed. After an overnight hospital stay, diagnostic testing and medications, thanks to the support of Max's Helping Paws and a loving home, Coco was able to return to her family again, breathing well and healthy once again.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey As the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws FoundationPet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.  

Nova the Benevolent

Lack of employment opportunities has forced us to consider surrendering our beloved Nova to the SPCA, an option that we had never thought we would have to consider.

— Emilia —
Nova is a 1-year-old cat owned by two CSUMB full time students who live in Marina. One of the students was working doing in home care, but upon the onset of the Pandemic, was forced to stop working due to safety concerns from her client. One evening during Shelter In Place, Nova was sick, and her owners discovered a piece of rubber shoe insole. She continued to feel sick, and also was not eating or drinking.  Her owners took her to the vet and got her x-rays, which showed it was not lodged, nor were there any objects in her stomach. She was given treatments that didn't seem to help, so they gathered whatever monies they could from friends and family and took her again to the hospital where she had a high fever. By the third veterinarian visit in just a few days, these pet parents were terrified.  Nova is only 1.5 years old, and as students, their budget is incredibly limited. Nova's owners are close to graduating and knew they were unlikely to be able to afford the numerous diagnostic appointments and eventual medical treatment required to care for Nova, and explained that this uncertainty, coupled with the looming student loan payments, potential housing relocation, and lack of employment opportunities had forced them to consider surrendering Nova to the SPCA, an option that they had never thought we would have to consider if they would not be able to provide adequate care due to financial limitations. VCA All pets determined additional testing and likely surgery would be needed to save Nova.  It didn't take Max's but an hour to receive the thorough application, explanation and approve funding to make up the difference for Nova's care! During our follow-ups with clients, Nova's owners shared her positive progress with us: "Nova is doing great. Her recovery was swift and smooth. Here she is enjoying sunpatches and rainbows with her sister. Jinx is a one-legged rescue who gave us a trial run in rehabilitating cats post-surgery. She was patient and gentle with Nova while she recovered, choosing to sit quietly with her instead of wrestle. Thank you for everything you did for our tiny family. This wouldn't have been possible without you and people like you."  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.   

Compassion Saved His Leg

I saw him limping and the weird dangle to his back left paw.

— Jada, Azarii's mom —
When you walk up to your front door and see your 11 month old kitty curled up in a ball not wanting to move, something is very wrong. Jada tried to pick up her precious Azarii to see that his back leg was dangling and he couldn't put weight on it. She took him to two different Vets, and neither was giving him the care he needed. Jada turned to Pet Specialists of Monterey who diagnosed Azarii with multiple fractures of his hind leg. Knowing she would do whatever she could to save Azarii and his leg they referred her to Max's Helping Paws Chestnut's Crisis Fund, where she was able to get the help she needed for the surgery and follow up care that would be needed. The team at VCA All Pets Animal Hospital handled the surgery and after care for Azarii. Thanks to the swift action of everyone involved, Azarii is on the road to recovery spending most days lounging and surveying his kingdom from his favorite cozy bed.  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

SCOOTER – WHO ADOPTED WHOM?

When he just kept coming around, I knew I was supposed to adopt him.

— Jeff, Scooter's dad —
Jeff is one of those "cat dad" who quickly becomes the "neighborhood house the animals go to."  With a quiet demeanor and no family to speak of, when Scooter appeared at his door one day purring up a storm, Jeff was instantly smitten.  Jeff became Scooter's "person" about 15 years ago, and neither one ever looked back.  When Jeff speaks about Scooter, it is with a devotion that you can feel just sitting across from the two of them.  Scooter, a very shy cat, with everyone but Jeff, came home on evening from his daily "playtime" around his and his neighbor's yards in pain and his legg dragging, Jeff reached out to VCA All Pets in Salinas. After 25 years of work, Jeff had recently been laid off and was worried about his ability to get Scooter necessary Xrays and diagnostics, let alone treatment. Though Jeff maintained a small pet-care fund set aside that he contributed to regularly just-in-case, it wasn't going to be enough. With a completely fractured hind limb, Jeff had a bit of time to raise some of the funds without worry that the fracture would potentially begin healing on its own improperly. Together Jeff, VCA All Pets and Max's had all the funds necessary for Scooter to have the necessary surgery.  Scooter is back in dad's arms, bed, couch... and dad is so grateful to have his boy back.
 
About Our Veterinary Partner:
VCA All Pets Salinas offers a wealth of veterinary experience at your service! Everyone on their staff believes that the better they get to know your pets, the better they can provide the best possible health care for them. They'll give you and your pet all the time you need, and never rush through an exam. They'll also carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health.    

Tonka Needed Help to Breathe

She is happy and healthy thank you for saving her.

— Rosalie, Tonka's Mom —
Tonka the spry 14 year old Chihuahua mix always enjoyed long rides in the car, and neighborhood walks in her very own carriage. But something was wrong Tonka was having sudden severe coughing spells that were affecting both of them. Rosalie had recently been laid off during the COVID-19 Pandemic and she was trying all avenues to come up with the money to take Tonka to the Vet. Luckily her Vet Los Coches Animal Hospital is a Vet partner of Max's Helping Paws. The Chestnut Crisis Fund was the right avenue to assist in the care of Tonka. She is recovering and back to enjoying her snuggle time with Rosalie.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Los Coches is a full service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. We have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our doctor.  

They Just Needed Someone to Say “Yes”

we have no clue how we are going to pay for all of this.

— Ahsoka's mom —
COVID-19 has affected everyone even our beloved Pets. Case in point Ahsoka the full of life happy 4 1/2 year old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. Her owners Colleen and Robert noticed a hole in her back leg, exposing the metal implant from a previous surgery from July of 2019. Ahsoka is like their child and they have always found come up with a way to pay her vet bills. From that surgery along with another, the family was struggling financially when this happened. Knowing they had not time to waste and stressing over the financial burden they were already carrying due to being laid off from their jobs during the COVID-19 Pandemic, they turned to Max's Helping Paws for assistance. The Chestnut Crisis Fund was there to help Ahsoka out, along with a lot of love, and recovery time she is back to playing with her toys, and taking trips to the beach with her family again.    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws FoundationPet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.

Beam me up Bemo!

Bemo has only been with us a short time but we love him so much! 

— Rochelle —
When Rochelle and Jonathan brought home 4 week old Bemo to join their family, they had no idea how adventurous and fearless he was! This playful Chihuahua was a gift from a friend of their children and the whole family was delighted with their new pet. While trying to jump on a couch much to large for his 3 month old self, Bemo fell and broke his leg. The family immediately brought Bemo to the Pet Specialists of Monterey and began the process of getting Bemo treatment. Unfortunately, Bemo had broken his leg so severely that the only way to save his life was to amputate his leg. When Rochelle and Jonathan first got Bemo, they had applied for pet insurance and were told it would take a month to process the application. When Bemo got injured only 2 days before the month waiting period, the insurance denied the claim. Unsure what to do next but realizing Bemo's life could be in jeopardy unless the amputation happened,Rochelle and Jonathan came to Max's Helping Paws for assistance. With the loving support of the family and outstanding medical care, made possible with the assistance of Max's Helping Paws, Bemo received the treatment needed. He is now adjusting to his amputation and relearning how to navigate the spaces at his home. Even with the challenge ahead, Bemo's heart is filled with love for his family and he constantly shows this with many face licks and wiggles.
 
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lilly’s Gift of Healing

Thank you so much for helping to save Lilly, she means the world to me!

— Rosemary —
Rosemary had found love at first bark when her sister gifted her with a little female Chihuahua named Lilly 10 years ago. As a person living with a disability and on a fixed income, Lilly more than just love to Rosemary's world, she brought comfort and support. Lilly quickly became a bright spot in each day for Rosemary. When slight bumps began forming on Lilly, as a responsible pet owner, Rosemary was extremely concerned. After seeing a vet, Rosemary was told Lilly had mammary tumors and they would need to be removed. Living within her means, things were still tight financially and the cost overwhelming to Rosemary. Fortunately, the VCA was able to recommend Max's Helping Paws as a source of financial support and Rosemary applied right away. Once the assistance was provided, Lilly was able to successfully receive the surgery she needed to have the masses removed. Thanks to supportive veterinary care, Max's Helping Paws and a loving owner, Lilly was able to make a full return to her soft companion self.
 
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets Animal Hospital Salinas, we look forward to welcoming you, your dog, cat and other pets. Everyone on our staff believes that the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible health care for them. In fact, when you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care.  

Back to Being a Ladies Man

He's my buddy. We do everything together. I can't imagine a day without him.

— Richard —
Quanic is a 7 year old, gorgeous Malamute with icy-blue eyes.  Found by his dad, Richard's granddaughter wandering as a small puppy around a parking lot in Gonzalez. Quanic quickly became a regular in the passenger seat of his dad's truck on deliveries and the recipient of "lots of attention from ladies!" A normally extremely social and active dog, Quanic started exhibiting lameness, and seemed to be unable to walk suddenly. At first, his dad thought he was fussing because of a foxtail, and the unsteadiness was Quanic trying to expel the foxtail.  He brought Quanic to see the Pet Specialists of Monterey, who quickly diagnosed Quanic. He had a ruptured disc that was causing excruciating pain. The slightest movement send Quanic into a yelping frenzy. Upon being notified of what surgery would cost to get Quanic walking again, Richard panicked. Knowing the only alternative to alleviate his suffering was euthanasia, Richard jumped into action, trying to raise funds through friends and family on his own.  Richard reached out to Max's Helping Paws, and we were instantly impressed with Richard's passion as a pet parent, and love for his Quanic.  Pet Specialists also saw the bond between Richard and Quanic, so we knew we all had to work together, as the surgery costs would be beyond anything Richard could manage on his own. With all animal welfare and veterinary partners working together with Richard, Quanic had back surgery and a substantial recovery period, and is one of the sweetest dogs we've ever met.  He's feeling strong, and he's back in the passenger seat! Richard is also planning a BBQ in the area to raise money for Max's. Thanks, Richard!  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.  

Nemo Gets Back To Boogie Boarding

His condition was so bad that some days he just didn’t want to get up and the pain and sadness in his face was more than I could stand.

— Nemo's Mom Darcy —
"Back in 2015, Nemo's mom, Darcy, became disabled, so she was unable to work. She was on disability and I'm on food stamps and lives in her mother's home with her daughter.
What is Nemo like? What makes him so special to you?:
"As a puppy he was the runt of the litter and he fit in the palm of my hand. He was tiny and he was just teeny. And when I saw him I just fell in love with him. He followed me around the house. He was like a little baby. It was like one of my kids. When I took shower, he was set sit by the shower. He would fall asleep when I fell asleep. He liked the foods that I like to eat. He was one of the family. He grew into a water dog. That's why he's called Nemo. He loves to go boogie boarding with us. He goes tide pooling with us. But he loves to do anything with us. Hiking, going in the pond, boogie boarding, or the beach."
What happened to Nemo?
A visit to the veterinarian revealed Nemo needed TPLO surgery to stabilize his legs, caused not solely by an injury, but also by genetics. However Nemo put so much stress on his other knee to compensate, he injured his other leg and could barely stand without extreme pain. This is when Darcy reached out to Max's Helping Paws. The costs for one major knee surgery would be beyond anything they could do - let alone two surgeries. Max's gathered all available resources, including locating a very special Angel Donor, to help with the added costs of two necessary surgeries.During the holidays of 2019, Max's realized we had gathered enough funds to save Nemo, and called Nemo's mom immediately, as she had scheduled euthanasia for the following week to end Nemo's suffering.
What was Darcy's first thought about the bill, what was she going to do to raise funds, and what would have happened without help?
"The cost was between $4,000 and $7,000 and I just don't have that. It just crushed me. I was told there are organizations out there, so I tried to do funding. I started out by doing a GoFundMe® and the only donation I got was, was $50 from a friend who is in my situation and who can't afford to give me money. So I gave it back to her. Then I put several cups and notices out at different stores. I got a little bit there, but not enough to do anything with. It covered one of his visits during this time. I had to talk with my kids about when it came to the point that Nemo has to be taken out to do his business I said, we're gonna have to put him down and it just killed me. It killed me to even have that talk with them."
About the moment Darcy learned Nemo would get the treatment he needed: 
"I was shopping at Safeway. I fell to the floor crying. Everyone came over to me to ask if I was ok.  I was way more than ok!  I had just received the call from Max’s Helping Paws! At first I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing, I didn’t know what to say. I couldn’t wait to get back home and give my kids the news! When I got home we just hugged Nemo for hours. He must have thought we were crazy the way we were acting. We even gave him Martinelli's to celebrate!"
What would you say to those who may say, "why should I help this person pay for her own pet?"
I would say to them that he's part of our family and to lose him over to knees when he has so much life; he's seven years old and he has so much life and he's so loving and it just wouldn't be the same family without. So I really appreciate that and I hope to pay it forward. I do. And I would do the same for another family.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.

Shawna’s ‘hip’ hop troubles

Shawna is my forever companion, I love her so much.

— Deborah —
As a retired and content individual, Deborah was thrilled 7 years ago when Shawna, the Beagle Boxer mix, came into her world. The two of them became fast companions, enjoying the time outside in their large yard and going places together. Their extra time together allowed them to bond quickly and the two have been inseparable since that time 7 years ago. When Deborah noticed Shawna starting to limp, she became quite concerned. After carefully monitoring the limp, Deborah could tell Shawna was suffering and took her to The Pet Specialists of Monterey. Living on social security and a fixed income, Deborah was nervous about the cost of care which may be needed for Shawna. After receiving the prognosis of hip dysplasia and the cost for the surgery, Deborah began making plans to sell her items and use her entire social security check to pay for the treatment needed. When the vet mentioned Max's Helping Paws, Deborah quickly reached out to inquire about financial assistance. Thanks to the support of a partnering organization, Peace of Mind, and the assistance from Max's Helping Paws, Shawna was able to have the appointments and surgery needed. Afterwards, and with the love of her owner, Shawna is able to once again continue to live a life full of doggie treats, pets and chasing squirrels in her backyard.
 
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lucas and Peter

Thank you! Lucas has been so much fun to watch grow up, and now I can keep watching him grow.

— Peter —
A ball of fluff with light and dark brown fur, and huge blue eyes approached Peter as a kitten 4 years ago. As Peter described it, "He liked me". From that first moment of being 'chosen' by this fluffy kitten, a fast friendship between Peter and this Siamese kitten named Lucas was formed. Peter describes Lucas as "a little shy and quiet but when he wants something...Lucas will let you know!" When Lucas started to have signs of not feeling well and having abnormal potty behaviors, Peter was worried and took him to the vet, where it was discovered Lucas had an obstructed urinary tract. Peter wanted to do anything he could to help Lucas, but as someone who is disabled and living on a fixed income, he was worried about the financial cost involved with the veterinarian care. Peter was told by the Pet Specialists of Monterey that his companion would need a catheter and 36 hours of stabilization, both items which would cost more than Peter was prepared for. His first thought was, "I can't afford that." With nothing but the health of his companion on his mind, Peter reached out to Max's Helping Paws in order to make sure Lucas got the care he needed. Thanks to the financial assistance provided by Max's Helping Paws in under 24 hours, Lucas was able to receive his treatment with hospitalization. Without the assistance, Peter was going to have to face decisions such as euthanasia or surrendering his pet, the support provided allowed Lucas not only to receive care, but to remain with his forever owner. Thanks to this procedure, Lucas is now in better health mentally and physically than he has been in over a year!
 
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Kevin’s Time

Thanks to you, I was able to make unexpected but necessary decisions based solely on his medical condition.

— Vanya —
Little did Kevin know when Vanya (now his Mom) rescued him about 5 years ago that he would soon become her official therapy dog when she became partially-disabled. Vanya and Kevin were a dynamic duo and had a wonderful life together. This little adventure Chihuahua enjoyed climbs up trees and then a relaxed nap with his favorite toys after a 'rough' day of play time. Together for many years, the roles of support shifted as Kevin became ill and needed Vanya's support. Kevin was having issues due to complications from Diabetes, along with bouts of unexplained collapsing, temporarily losing use of his back legs. Vanya was beyond concerned with worry about her "partner in crime" and was uncertain the best next steps for Kevin. Vanya wanted to take Kevin to the Pet Specialists of Monterey in order to be able to make an informed decision about the next steps for him, but the costs of diagnostic testing were daunting on her fixed income.   Vanya heard about Max's and applied for financial assistance so that Kevin could receive the diagnostic testing he needed. With this testing, Vanya made the heart-heavy decision that the next steps were to peacefully help Kevin transition from this world of pain he was in and she opted to make the single-most-difficult decision we make for our pets. She was able to make her decision thanks to the knowledge she desperately needed after diagnostics which were done, allowing her to feel confident that the decision was in the best possible interest of Kevin. While this is always a heart-wrenching choice, Vanya shared her peace with us that came from the opportunity to have the diagnostics done, "Thank you to Max's Helping Paws for your invaluable financial - and emotional - support for my late chihuahua Kevin. Thanks to you, I was able to make unexpected but necessary decisions based solely on his medical condition. I was very fortunate that Kevin also "told me" he was ready. That, and the extreme compassion of Max's and Pet Specialists, gave me great comfort at the end of Kevin's life."  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Bubba, More Than a Friend

If it wasn't for you guys...I wouldn't have been able to save my friend.

— Bubba's Dad —
Bubba is just one of those dogs everyone loves. He was a 4 year old rescue with an awesome disposition and a family who adores him and takes him literally EVERYWHERE. Gabriel had a long standing job working at Lowes to provide for himself, his wife, his mom and his little girl.  Bubba had a tumor that was biopsied. It was malignant, and if not addressed immediately, would not take long to take Bubba from his family. Gabriel reached out to Max's through our veterinary partner, VCA All Pets, where Bubba's dad had been a long time, very responsible client. The cost to remove this tumor was overwhelming for Gabriel, and he tried to figure out ways to make it work financially, but he couldn't get there. He set up a GoFundMe, but was only able to raise $120.  Gabriel was scared and heartbroken at the thought of losing his buddy. This is what he told us. Max's helped this family pay for the surgery, and Bubba recovered like a champ!
About Our Veterinary Partner :
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.  

Noodles, Courage for a Young Boy

Thank you to all the people that have been there for these animals. We have to speak for them.

— Carmen —
Noodles is a scruffy little terrier belonging to Carmen and her grandson, Joseph, of whom she has custody.  Joseph was extremely shy, and had some learning limitations. Getting Noodles as a baby was incredibly helpful for Joseph, and and Joseph relies on him for comfort.  Upon noticing a large growth on Noodles' chest, Carmen leaped into action in order to pay for the aspirate and biopsy. They needed to know if the tumor was malignant so they could prepare Joseph for the worst. Though not a huge amount of money was needed, and the procedure was a simple one...for Carmen, it was an insurmountable expense. She set up a garage sale and reached out to friends and family for aid. It wasn't quite enough. Max's was HAPPY to help Carmen (and Noodles) cross the finish line.  The best news was the growth was not cancerous, and Noodles remains Joseph's best friend in the whole world.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Animal Hospital of Salinas teams up with our clients to provide informed, compassionate care to their pets. They continually strive to improve our knowledge, skills, and facility while maintaining a warm connection between staff, clients, and patients.      

A Family Willing To Surrender to Save

Max's Helping Paws unbroke all three of my kids' hearts.

— Naomi —
Leo, a one year old cat with a fabulous personality, was adopted by this beautiful family one year ago from a shelter. Severe blockages would continue to compromise his health, and this family knew they could not afford the required surgery that would save him, as the family's income had recently been sliced in half to manage daycare for their three children While they had to consider euthanasia, that just was not an option for this family.They were notified that a rescue may be willing to pay for the surgery; however for that to happen, they would have to surrender Leo.Though heartbroken, the family agreed to surrender their boy if that would be the only way Leo could survive. It was more important than anything that Leo not suffer. Max's, in collaboration with other local nonprofits and veterinary partners, was able to pay for Leo's surgery so Leo could return home with his family. The day we got to make the call to Leo's family... to let them know the good news...was one of the best days we have ever had.  
 
About Our Veterinary Partner:
VCA All Pets Salinas offers a wealth of veterinary experience at your service! Everyone on their staff believes that the better they get to know your pets, the better they can provide the best possible health care for them. They’ll give you and your pet all the time you need, and never rush through an exam. They’ll also carefully track the course of your pet’s care, which is so important to your pet’s long-term health.  

Quan The Gentle Giant (and Expert Cuddler!)

They told me Quan could only wait two or three days, because he was really bad.

— Quan's Mom —
What is Quan like? What makes him so special?
Quan, a 3 year old Catahoula is a "gentle giant" whose favorite pastime is keeping watch over his family of 4 children and two small dogs. He is an expert cuddler and companion. His family rescued him from the streets of Salinas, when he was a tiny puppy in poor condition and showing signs of abuse. Although they already had a dog, they knew he needed help. They were rewarded for their choice with his loyalty, protection and love.
What happened to Quan?

One day Quan’s family noticed he was ‘off,’ not eating with his usual hound-style enthusiasm and he seemed uncomfortable. Through their vigilance they saw other signs of abnormal behavior, such as standing statue-like in the yard, instead of sniffing around and marking his favorite bushes.

When continued observation showed that he was not getting better, his mom immediately took him to their family veterinarian, VCA All Pets in Salinas.

Quan was diagnosed with a urinary blockage caused by severe kidney stones. The estimated costs for Quan’s surgery to remove the kidney stones was overwhelming. At the time Quan's mother, Sherlynn, was dealing with significant financial hardship, and a dramatically reduced income, as she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. VCA All Pets referred Quan’s family to Max's Helping Paws.
What would have happened without help?

Without surgery, Quan would be unable to eliminate urine. The strain alone caused serious pain and if left untreated, would result in a painful death. Sherlynn had to heavily consider euthanasia in order to eliminate Quan's pain.

Max’s Helping Paws worked with other local agencies to assist Quan and his family with the costs of surgery, as well as follow up treatments.

Now, we are happy to report, Quan is back to his duties of chasing and playing with the smaller family dogs and sleeping lovingly and protectively near his guardian.

 

About Our Veterinary Partner:
VCA All Pets provides veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care, to keep her happy and healthy.Our services don’t end at our hospital doors. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help. 

Teddy – Accidental Fall or Sign of Abuse

we don’t feel a safe environment is one where a pet parent would opt to euthanize a one year old, healthy pup.

— Dyana Klein, MHPF —
Teddy was rushed to Aguajito Animal Hospital with what turned out to be a severely broken leg. Mayra, Teddy's Mom, had mentioned euthanasia as a consideration, which got the staff at Aguajito with their "hackles up." She explained that this 1 year old Yorkie  "fell out of a window."  Her Husband had been off work with an injury and she stated that she was trying to support the family the best she can on one salary. When the Vet reached out to Max's Helping Paws for help, we reviewed the materials, and didn't like what we saw. We were very concerned this pet had been abused, and after collaborating with other animal welfare organizations in the area, and with the help of Pet Specialists of Monterey, we agreed to provide the financial support needed to fix Teddy's tiny, painfully fractured leg - IF they surrendered Teddy. They did, and within a day, Teddy had a WONDERFUL new home!    
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Families have trusted Aguajito Veterinary Hospital since 1979 for all of their pets’ health care needs. Our Veterinarians and their staff look forward to meeting you and your furry, and exotic animal, family members. We hope that you’ll think of us for any preventative care health issues that may arise throughout your pets’ lifetime.    

Buster Brown

Thank you so much for helping us. It is so good to see him happy again!

— Dmitrius —
Buster Brown came into Dmitrius' life 7 years ago during a time of grief after Dmitrius' dad passed away, "Buster has been my kid ever since. Buster is such a lover, a happy dog, a true companion. When I come home, he jumps 3 feet, does circles and is so happy to see me every day. It makes me happy to come home every day." When asked what 3 words describe Buster, Dmitrius describes him as, "Companion. Loyal. Excited." This duo has been joined at the...paw ever since - playing disc golf together, taking road trips and even hitting up Vegas! When Buster Brown began not eating and not being able to use the bathroom, Dmitrius became very concerned. With careful observation, he kept an eye on Buster with diligence. After a couple of days, Dmitrius took Buster Brown to All Creatures Pet Care in Porterville for diagnostics. Buster Brown was found to have an enlarged prostrate which was causing multiple problems to his system. The veterinarian let Dmitirus know that surgery would be needed, and unfortunately the cost was quite high. Dmitrius tried GoFundMe, asking family members and reached out to his friends for resources. Several of his friends, as well as the vet, recommended Dmitrius apply to Max's Helping Paws for financial assistance. Although it was a new organization to Dmitrius, he was willing and eager to try anything possible to ensure Buster Brown received proper care. With the financial assistance from Max's Helping Paws, the surgery needed to save Buster Brown was possible. After the surgery and healthy recovery, this duo is back in action, and Buster is bouncier than ever!
 
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

KITTY BOOM BOOM and a Miracle

If it wasn't for you and everything you've done.. your heart is so huge and this organization.....

— Teresa, Kitty's mom —
Teresa adopted Kitty Boom Boom when he was just 8 weeks old. One look into the eyes of Kitty Boom Boom and you can see how any pet parent would just fall in love with this ball of fur. So when the unexpected happens and your baby suddenly cannot eat, doesn't want to drink, cannot urinate and you see blood? You panic, it become a real right now issue. There is a urinary blockage and it has to be dealt with immediately. But wait, you are on permanent disability due to a medical issue from long ago, and everything you have goes to pay for the shelter over your head and food in the mouths of you and your pet. You have no money to pay for a vet bill, don't know what you are facing and you don't have a car to get him to the vet! You call the good folks at Northridge Vet Hospital tell them what's going on, they set up an appointment for Kitty Boom Boom, you gather him up in your backpack and get on your only form of transportation to head to Northridge Veterinary Hospital - a Bicycle - and make a made dash, huffing and puffing to the Vet, realizing that you have no way to pay for anything of this magnitude. Things were not looking good, and Teresa knew it. She sent all the good energy she could, and Northridge removed the blockage after a day of "tough and go" "Its manageable and they even sent me home with a months worth of food!"  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Northridge Northridge Veterinary Hospital  1850 N Main St Salinas, California (831) 449-2446   Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Miraculous Mylo

Family was able to help...but not at the moment of the emergency when we needed it.

— Rodriguez Family —
With a partner who travels in the military, Mylo was an outstanding companion for the Rodriguez household. With schooling and military training happening for both adults in the house, this family has goals they are working towards each day. This fluffy French Bulldog has been a frisky addition to the home and has brought with him energy and love. It took a little bit when he first came home to adjust to the family but after a few weeks began to come out of his shell. Suddenly while the family was starting to sleep one night, they heard a loud thump and a squeal. Running to the next room, they discovered Mylo with his arm at an angle. Thinking he had taken an adventurous jump off the bed, it seemed Mylo underestimated the height and took a tumble. While at first, the injury seemed more mild, the Rodriguez household kept an eye on Mylo. Soon they realized his injury was causing him so much pain he stopped eating and began to have limited movement, whimpering at any movement to his leg. Concerned the fall had more damage than they realized, the family quickly took Mylo to the Pet Specialists of Monterey when his symptoms continued. While trying to manage their class schedule and care for Mylo, the family stayed in close contact with the vet throughout the day. A fracture was seen on the xray and the estimated cost was upwards of $6,000. These 2 students were surprised at the cost but knew they needed to do whatever it took for Mylo. The family shared, "It really hit us the other option was to amputate the leg, that was the cheaper option. Or to give him up for adoption. I realized that amputating his leg would not be that bad, but I wanted a better life for him." Fortunately it was recommended to contact Max's Helping Paws for financial assistance to have the leg reset and put in a cast. Another family member was able to apply for CareCredit for financial support for Mylo as well. This family was determined to take any steps needed to save Mylo's leg and help him have the best quality of life possible. While they were waiting to receive payments from the military and family members to help, this family was grateful for the immediate financial assistance Max's Helping Paws was able to provide. They shared, "It was a huge relief to be able to have the means for Mylo to stay in the hospital overnight and get the care he needed and help his pain."  
     
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rosie Posie Gets Too Excited at Petco

It was so bad her leg was popping out of place.

— Sara, Rosie's Mom —
Rosie Posie as her owner Sarah calls her is the perfect example of the lovable lap dog. She's a rescue that Sarah brought into the family about six months ago, Like most Chihuahua's want to be with their owner 24/7, so naturally Sarah takes Rosie with her on errands and she especially enjoys going to the pet store, as most times there are treats involved! On a recent trip, Rosie decided to jump right out of the cart and snap went her leg. Torn cranial cruciate ligament In a tremendous amount of pain and with an obvious broken leg Sarah rushed her to Carmel Valley Vet Hospital while worrying all the time about how they could fix her Rosie, but also about how would she pay the bill. Sarah had just graduated from CSUMB, was looking for a job and didn't have much spare money. Max's Helping Paws was able to lend the financial hand to get Rosie fixed right up and in no time, Rosie Posie was back to doing what she does best, provide lap support.  
About Our Veterinary Partner :
Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary practice, with a focus is to provide your pet with the very best professional care possible.We know that exemplary medical care is just part of what you expect for your pet. You also want people who will love your pet the way you do. At Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital, you’ll find caring and compassionate people who, like you, prioritize your pet’s health and well-being.     Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Sampson, a special bulldog for a mom in crisis

I have tried keeping up with his vet bills. I am pleading to you for help.

— Staci, Sampson's mom —
Don't let his rugged good looks fool you. Sampson is a survivor just like his Mom and Dad. Stacey explained the rough beginnings that Sampson endured just to get to them, and without the love and devotion to his well being, he surely wouldn't have made it to be 11+ years old. Sampson has had a chronic ear problem his entire life, a situation that became urgent recently sending them to Animal Hospital of Salinas. it was determined that Sampson needed a complete removal of a badly damaged ear canal. This would be no simple surgery and was needed right away. Stacey couldn't imagine how they would pay for it, since they are surrounded by a mountain of medical bills for her husband, who had been in and out of hospitals for years, and struggling to make ends meet, but they would do anything to make sure their Sampson got the care he needed. The staff at the Vet Hospital knows how devoted these parents to his care and referred them to Max's Helping Paws. Reading their story it was easy to see that Max's could make the difference for Sampson, and stepped in to help with his expenses. They will never forget the kindness and help that has been extended to them in this time of need and will always be grateful to Max's Helping Paws.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Animal Hospital of Salinas teams up with our clients to provide informed, compassionate care to their pets. They continually strive to improve our knowledge, skills, and facility while maintaining a warm connection between staff, clients, and patients.       Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Lulu The LoveBug

I'm on a fixed income and I already used my savings. I didn't know what I was gonna do.

— Naomi, Lulu's mom —
One of the best things about having a lovable dog like Lulu is coming home every day to lots of tail wags and kisses. Naomi never thought she would come home and see one of Lulu's eye's popped out of the socket. Like any good pet parent panic sets in, and you rush your baby to the vet, in this case to Northridge Vet Hospital where they immediately took action to treat Lulu and re-assure Naomi that with e nucleation surgery, some ongoing short-term treatment that Lulu would make a full recovery. With Naomi's limited income she couldn't cover the expenses needed. Northridge Vet Hospital is one of Max's Helping Paws Vet partners who in turn which was able to help Naomi cover Lulu's costs. After a few weeks of recovery and extra TLC time, Lulu is again giving out her kisses and tail wags with even more enthusiasm than before.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Northridge Northridge Veterinary Hospital  1850 N Main St Salinas, California (831) 449-2446   Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Milo is Back to Joyful Puppydom

There's never a moment where he doesn't make me smile.

— Wendy, Milo's mom —
A furry companion is one of the best gifts a person can receive. When Wendy's brother gave her 2 month old Milo as a gift, she was thrilled. This playful puppy came into Wendy's life and brought joy and love with him. As a recent graduation as a make up artist, Wendy was preparing for her career, and Milo joined her journey. Wendy describes him as "caring, loving, likes to cuddle and is playful. Milo is so special to me." Milo loves to follow Wendy everywhere and be with her. One afternoon, as Wendy was getting ready for a class, she had to go to the car to retrieve something she had forgotten. Milo had been let outside in the backyard and then found his way to the front, where he saw his owner Wendy at her car across the street. Eager to reunite with his owner, Milo ran to join Wendy across the street...only to be hit by a car from an unaware driver. Witnessing the accident, Wendy was distraught to see Milo had been injured and was bleeding. She immediately took him to the Pet Specialists of Monterey for emergency action. With her brother and dad, they heard the news together that Milo had broken his femur and jaw in the accident. The surgery required to treat Milo ranged up to $8,000. The other options facing Wendy was to have to put her beloved puppy to sleep, leg amputation or to relinquish Milo to the vet. With these overwhelming options presented to her, Wendy wasn't sure where to turn. When the vet partner recommended asking Max's Helping Paws for financial assistance, Wendy was grateful and relieved there may be another option for Milo. Wendy and her family worked hard to provide as many financial resources as they were able to in order for Milo to get the surgery he needed. Between Wendy's hard work and the additional financial assistance from Max's Helping Paws, Milo was able to get the surgery he needed to save his leg as well as his life. Through this challenge and struggle for survival, where Wendy did everything possible for her pup Milo, she shared with us, "You don't know how much a pet means to someone until you have one.Milo brings happiness, laughter and is always following me around, he is always with me."

About Our Veterinary Partner: Pet Specialists of MontereyPet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.

Simon, King of the Castle

I'm a single mom with two kids. I do the very best that I can.

— Sara, Rosie's Mom —
Just looking at the pictures of Simon tells you he is one regal kitty. His normal pattern of being lovable and attentive with his family was abruptly brought to a halt with a serious urinary blockage that required immediate critical attention. Simon was in a lot of pain, and with the supportive and skilled staff at Carmel Valley Vet Hospital they were able to clear the blockage, give some extended care to Simon to get him back on his feet and back to patrolling the household. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of both Carmel Valley Vet Hospital and Max's Helping Paws Stephanie was able to get the financial help she needed to take care of Simon.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary practice, with a focus is to provide your pet with the very best professional care possible.We know that exemplary medical care is just part of what you expect for your pet. You also want people who will love your pet the way you do. At Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital, you’ll find caring and compassionate people who, like you, prioritize your pet’s health and well-being.     Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Middy Switches Back to Chew Toys

Sometimes people just need a little extra help, and a little compassion makes such a big difference in someone's life.

— Middy's Mom, Michelle —
Middy is a much loved Queensland Heeler that lives in Seaside, Ca. Like most dogs of her breed, she is active and has lot's of toy drive.  She had chewed up the squeaker in one of her toys and required expensive surgery.  Her owners, maxed out their credit and pulled every string they could to get her on the through the surgery and road to recovery.  They were vigilant in making sure there were no more squeaky toys that Middy could chew up.  They 'Middy proofed' their house and yard. They were  paying HUGE monthly payments to pay off the cost of her surgery, and were within a couple of months of paying it off, when Middy gave them that "I did it again", look. Little did they know that now Middy was 'into' tennis balls!  They thought, tennis balls were safe, because there was no squeaker!  They had no resources to fall back on a second time.  They had used every bit of credit they could.  Facing one expensive emergency surgery was financially devastating.  Facing another, while still paying off the first, was catastrophic.  They were trying not to consider euthanasia, as Middy was such a beloved member of the family. That is where Max's stepped into help. Middy's family received our assistance, and now Middy is on her way to recovery, again.  Her family  has become even more vigilant in keeping things out of her reach that could potentially be chewed up and swallowed. After her surgery, Middy has settled down and we hope she has learned her lesson!
 
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.   Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Penelope, Beach Explorer Extraordinaire

This fantastic hand...paw..reached out from the ether

— Annabelle, Penelope's mom —
Penelope is naturally an active and inquisitive 9 year old mixed breed dog, until she began having abdominal issues and Annabelle took her to to Aguajito Animal Hospital to see what was going on. Sadly they discovered Penelope had a tumor which required immediate surgery and removal of her spleen. Lucky for Penelope she was in great hands at Aguajito. Mom had scraped together all she could towards the vet bills, but nowhere near what the total would be for the surgery and the follow up needs she may have. Max's Helping Paws was able to come to their aid and bridge the gap to get Penelope the help she needed. Now Annabelle can rest assured that Penelope has a great future ahead.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Families have trusted Aguajito Veterinary Hospital since 1979 for all of their pets' health care needs. Our Veterinarians and their staff look forward to meeting you and your furry, and exotic animal, family members. We hope that you'll think of us for any preventative care health issues that may arise throughout your pets' lifetime.   Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Emotional Support for a Servicemember

There was a point where I really felt we may have to say goodbye to Trigger. When I count my blessings at night Max's is at the top of the list.

— Heather —
For some owners, their furry companion is more than just a companion. Trigger found his way into a loving family’s heart three years ago after being adopted from a local rescue organization. Not only is this handsome boy part of the family, but he also serves as a certified Emotional Support Animal (E.S.A) to aid his owner Heather, a former Navy veteran who says she would be lost without Trigger. Trigger and Baby One day, Trigger’s owner noticed some blood along with some unexplained vomiting. As any responsible pet owner would do, Heather rushed him to the veterinarian. Unfortunately, the results were not as she'd hoped. The vet told Heather that she believed Trigger had a multitude of conditions that needed to be addressed right away. Heather and her family were faced with a difficult decision of what to do next, as the family was not able to afford the necessary medical treatment for Trigger. Luckily, Pet Specialists of Monterey Bay graciously sponsored Trigger to receive assistance from Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF). Trigger's mom was panicked.  Trigger needed help immediately, and wasn't sure how they would be able to afford the ultrasound costs and medication he needed. Without assistance from MHPF, Trigger’s owner’s would have needed to consider foregoing the surgery. Thankfully for Trigger’s family, MHPF was able to step in to assist with the often overwhelming burden of surgical costs and recovery.Heather says, “We cannot express how much we appreciate all those that chipped and came together to help him/us. I am so grateful for all the help we received. There was a point where I really felt we may have to say goodbye to Trigger. When I count my blessings at night Max's is at the top of the list.” Today, Trigger is continuing a smooth and steady recovery. His GI symptoms have almost completely resolved and his skin has improved in just the last few days of medications. Trigger is also back to climbing up on his owners bed to snuggle with his best friend, the family’s 8 month old son Wesley. He’s even getting back into the habit of begging for a ride in the car when he hears anyone grab the car keys! A big hug from and a sloppy kiss from Trigger to all who were involved in his care!"    
About Our Veterinary Partner :
Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines. Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Against The Odds Deuce is Alive and Romping

Deuce gave River a reason to be responsible, accountable and nurturing.

— MHPF Executive Director —

Sometimes, we see situations that don't fall into our "regular" categories. Deuce was one of those times.

Max's Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) received a call from Bianca at Community Human Services Safe Place, a nonprofit that helps Homeless and At Risk Youth by providing a "Safe Place" for them to spend time.  All their services are free for transitional youth. After one of their regular visitors, River, came to see them with a new, adorable lab puppy, Deuce, who was clearly very sick with parvo, Bianca reached out to see what she could do to find support. MHPF serves responsible pet owners with a history of taking good care of their pets, but this was different.

River hadn't had a dog before, and had grown extremely attached to Deuce, and vice versa. Even sick, it was easy to see that River was Deuce's "person." Safe Place, Max's Helping Paws and Peace of Mind Dog Rescue all joined forces to help pay for Deuce's life-saving hospital stay, even though the prognosis was guarded. With Pet Specialists of Monterey treating Deuce, and going far above and beyond to ensure he not only had the best round-the-clock care possible, but that he stay an extra day just to be sure Deuce's health wasn't in danger, Deuce's life was truly spared. River is not a regular kid. He doesn't have a regular home to go to with all the comforts many take for granted. Safe Place is the closest thing he has to a home. Deuce gave him a reason to be responsible, accountable and nurturing. And it showed. When River and Deuce reunited, it was a sight to behold. Today, Deuce is doing very well - as one of the few in the litter to survive. River's watchful eye, and Safe Place's gift for recognizing their special bond, are why Deuce is alive and romping today. Bianca told us, "River was really upset, not knowing if Deuce would be ok, and that one extra night made the biggest difference for him. That's a lot they contributed so Deuce could pull through, especially for a virus that's so hit and miss"
About Our Veterinary Partner :
Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines. Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Toby is Tari’s Heart Dog

24/7, they were on your lap. He just wanted to love all the time

— Toby's Mom —
Toby is a 9 year old Deerhead Chi and Yorkie mix. His Mom, Tari, got him when her daughter-in-law thought it was time for her to have company, as she hadn’t had any pets prior to then. She’s had Toby since he was old enough to be adopted. Tari fell in love with Toby, almost immediately. After 9 years of strong health and an even stronger personality, Toby began coughing and having trouble catching his breath. "He was making weird sounds. He was gasping for air and I was up with him all night, holding him." An urgent visit to Banfield Pet Hospital had the Vet suspecting an enlarged heart and heart murmur. The Banfield doctor recommended Tari take Toby to a IMG_4052specialist, and Toby was brought in to see Cardiologist Dr. Michael Lesser at Pet Specialists Monterey, . The estimate for an echo cardiogram was far out of Tari’s reach, given she is in low income housing and on disability after a quadruple bypass of her own - and has mounting medical bills. With a clear diagnosis, and a plan for long term management, Toby is under Tari's watchful eye, as he has been since the day they met. "24/7, they were on your lap. He just wanted to love all the time." To see Tari with Toby, you can see a pet with “his person”. Toby and Blossom are from the same litter, and Tari takes them EVERYWHERE. As her “heart dog,” the thought of not being able to give Toby what he needed was nothing short of devastating for Tari. She was absolutely panicked at the thought of not knowing what was wrong with her baby.  After a call with Tari, Max's Helping Paws Foundation was able to step in to help pay for Toby’s diagnostics and stabilization with Dr. Lesser. And now, Toby is back to serving as sentry to their home, and snuggling with Tari and Blossom, his litter mate.
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines. Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Ruby Gets Back to the Beach

Where I go, she goes.

— Michael —

Ruby’s owner, Michael, has only had Ruby a few months, but she has quickly gained a special place in his heart. Ruby was adopted by Michael's son as a puppy from a family who had a litter in Carmel. Ruby’s owner says that she truly loves people and has stolen everyone’s heart in their apartment complex. She goes with him everywhere. “Where I go, she goes” he said. His love can be felt through his voice... the way he talks about her. One of Ruby’s favorite things to do is to go to the beach and just run around.

The Monterey Peninsula is notorious for fleas from all of the sand dunes. He noticed that she had been scratching quite a bit by her abdomen, but had attributed it to  flea bites. One day, Ruby’s went in for a flea bath, and Michael noticed the mass. Thinking, as so many do, that the bump was a product of the flea bites, Michael waited a bit. When he realized that the tumor continued to grow, he immediately took Ruby to his veterinarian at Animal Health Center Salinas, where he was informed that Ruby had a mammary tumor that needed removal. Michael was terrified for Ruby, and called everywhere he could think of for financial assistance, as he is on a fixed income and had already spent quite a bit on Ruby's medical needs prior to this diagnosis.  Animal Health Center graciously sponsored Ruby to apply for a grant from Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF). Knowing how important it is to do a biopsy so intelligent and thoughtful decisions can be made, MHPF assisted with the costs of tumor removal.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Animal Health Center Animal Health Center is proud to serve the Salinas/ Monterey area for everything pet related. Our veterinary clinic and animal hospital is run by Patty Ferguson, RVT, (registered veterinary technician) and her team of licensed Veterinarians.Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise.   Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Keep On Walking Henry!

Henry had his tumor removed and is doing good...not cancer!.

— Henry's Mom —
Adopted from the SPCA year and a half ago, Henry is a nine year old Chihuahua who loves to go on walks and relax around the house. One day, Terri could see Henry was having some discomfort and concerned about Henry, asked a friend to take a look at Henry’s gums to make sure they appeared to be healthy. It was then they noticed a large tumor in his mouth. Immediately she scheduled an appointment with Northridge Veterinary Hospital in Salinas. They needed to remove the tumor as quickly as possible both to lessen Henry's discomfort and biopsy the tumor. On disability, Terri knew she couldn't manage this financially by herself. Worried also about what it would mean financially for her should the tumor come back with cancer, she reached out to Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, who then referred Terri to Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) to help subsidize Henry's medical treatment. Following Henry's removal, a biopsy was taken and tested. The result showed no signs of Cancer. Frequently, pet owners will surrender or euthanize because even the thought of the overwhelming financial burden of treatment is out of the realm of possibility. Sometimes, as with Henry's family, they needed help to even know what they were dealing with. Thankfully for Henry’s owner, Max's Helping Paws Foundation was able to step in to assist with the often overwhelming burden of surgical costs. "Henry had his tumor removed and is doing good...Not cancer!", reports Henry's Mom, Terri.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Northridge Northridge Veterinary Hospital  1850 N Main St Salinas, California (831) 449-2446        

Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

A Veteran Finds Help for His Trusty Companion

She is my baby and I do not want her to suffer.

— Ron, Honey's dad —
Honey is an eight-year-old pit-bull who loves to chase after the wheels on skateboards and walk on the beach watching seagulls. Needless to say, she has a very sweet disposition. Honey originally received her name from her previous owner, who was serving in the army. He was stationed in the Monterey area while awaiting deployment to Afghanistan. It was in this Central Coast region six years ago that this army man met Honey’s current owner, Ron Thompson one day in the park. Now in most cases, it’s the owner who rescues their furry companion; but in this story, it was Honey who really rescued Ron. At the time when Honey came into Ron’s life, Ron was in a program called ‘I HELP,’ which stands for ‘Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program.’ Ron had lost his job in 2009 due to a workplace accident, and throughout the next eight years, would find himself living out of his car at times. Honey quickly became Ron’s baby and closest companion, as there is nothing he wouldn’t do for her. One day, Ron noticed that Honey had begun limping and took her to the vet, where they discovered that one of Honey’s teeth was fractured. With some of Honey’s teeth already decaying and roots beginning to be exposed, it wouldn’t be long before this issue became more emergent and dangerous to her health. Considering Ron’s current financial situation, he let Honey’s teeth be for a little while as he was not able to afford surgery at the time. Ron had heard about the work of Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) through partner A.W.A.G. So, with a good prognosis from the family veterinarian at Cottage Veterinary Care, they sponsored Honey to receive initial diagnostics, and then transferred her to Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital, where she finalized her treatment. MHPF was able to help provide funds to help pay the cost of surgery, without which Mr. Thompson would have been forced to consider much more difficult options. Ron said, “she is my baby and I do not want her to suffer.” Luckily Honey doesn’t have to.  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary practice, with a focus is to provide your pet with the very best professional care possible.We know that exemplary medical care is just part of what you expect for your pet. You also want people who will love your pet the way you do. At Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital, you’ll find caring and compassionate people who, like you, prioritize your pet’s health and well-being.   Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Ginger Back to Enjoying Car Rides – Windows Closed

Thank God for Max's Helping Paws. They helped fill a gap that only the hand of god could accomplish.

— Ginger's Dad —
Ginger is a two-year-old, high energy and precocious family pet who born in Mexicali and taken in last year by her current owner when her previous owner tragically passed away from cancer at 35. Ginger loves to go running on the beach, do tricks, and play with her toys. She is also a regular visitor to residents at the Carmel Hills Care Center. Ginger joins her dad regularly on his runs to various job sites. As a young pup with lots of energy, Ginger saw a cat across the street and immediately lept towards it.  As soon as she took off into the street, her tiny body was hit by a car, leaving one of her hind legs so badly broken and mangled that an immediate amputation was needed in order to mitigate her pain and save her life. This circumstance proved it really does “take a village.” Ginger’s dad, a client of Marina veterinary hospital for two decades, reached out first to Marina for assistance.  With a good prognosis from Marina Pet Hospital, Max’s Helping Paws, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue and Animal Welfare Assistance Group, combined financial support to help subsidize the costs of surgery, as Ginger’s father was experiencing severe financial hardship.  After speaking with multiple veterinary practices, none of which were able to provide immediate surgery, Pet Specialists of Monterey dove in to help, and performed Ginger’s life-saving amputation later that same evening. Within a week of Ginger’s injury, she was back to chasing birds and doing what she loved most- having three legs was not about to slow this puppy down! Without the funds provided to help pay the cost of surgery, Ginger’s dad would have been forced to euthanize Ginger to keep her from suffering. Mr. Rodriguez said, “I am ever so grateful that everyone came together for one of god’s creatures, it just means so much.” "Thank God for Max's Helping Paws. They helped fill a gap that only the hand of god could accomplish. After the tragedy of ginger a 1.5 yr old female Chihuahua. Having her right leg being shattered by a car.They helped save her and a week later she back to chasing birds and running like she has 4 legs.There is no doubt that Max's is needed to help Gods creatures."
About Our Veterinary Partner Who Helped Ginger
Marina Pet Hospital Marina Pet Hospital is a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Their services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as may be necessary. Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

An Attack from a Different Kind of Cat Can’t Keep Duchess Down

From the moment Duchess walked into the hospital, her loving nature took everyone by surprise.

— Dr. Holt, Carmel Valley Vet —
Duchess was a sweet six year old pit bull old recently adopted from the local Monterey County SPCA. Duchess, a new addition to the family, loves going on walks, spending time outdoors running around her owners 40 acre property and playing with her owners' two young children. Soon after Duchess' adoption, while walking with her dad on his property, the unthinkable happened. A mountain lion pounced out of nowhere and attacked Duchess. Luckily, with the help of the other family dog, Duchess and her owner were able to fight off the predator- but she did not survive unscathed. Duchess was left with six severe, dirty and deep lacerations all over her body. With injuries of this nature, surgery was vital. The vet gave Duchess antibiotics to prevent infection, but remained concerned about bacteria entering her body from the cat's claws and mouth- making these wounds even more time sensitive. With a good prognosis and quick action taken by Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital, Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) was called to help.  Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital sponsored Duchess to receive a grant. Because of the gravity of the situation, MHPF was able to accelerate the review process and to help subsidize the cost of surgery. Without receiving this life saving surgery, Duchess would have had to be euthanized, as her family could not afford to take on this financial burden, nor did they want her to suffer from these life threatening wounds. Dutchess Dutchess’ veterinarian, Dr. Holt, said, “From the moment Duchess walked into the hospital, her loving nature took everyone by surprise. Duchess must have been in excruciating pain from her attack by a mountain lion the night before, but that did not stop her from greeting everyone and wagging her tail the entire time she was being evaluated for surgery. It’s patients like Duchess that inspire our team to keep doing what we’re doing every day. Thanks to the work of MHPF, Duchess was able to receive the surgery she so desperately needed and is now on the road to fully recovering, making remarkable strides every day."      
About Our Veterinary Partner Who Helped Duchess:
Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary practice, with a focus is to provide your pet with the very best professional care possible.We know that exemplary medical care is just part of what you expect for your pet. You also want people who will love your pet the way you do. At Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital, you’ll find caring and compassionate people who, like you, prioritize your pet’s health and well-being.   Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Vaquita Back on The Streets With Swag

She is strong because she’s part of us; and she is blessed to have you as the angel of pets.

— Vaquita's Mom —
Vaquita is a Chihuahua who was adopted 7 years ago from an elderly neighbor. It was the black patches on her fur that made her family settle on naming her “vaquita,” which means “little cow” in Spanish. As an “only child” as described by her human mom, Julia, Vaquita enjoys playing with kids, but she also likes her own space. Julia went on to say, “Vaquita likes to chase our son around the house, and enjoys going for long walks to the bike trail.” Every day, Vaquita’s family would take her on a walk around the Seaside neighborhood where they reside. Just before Vaquita’s daily neighborhood stroll, right before the family was getting ready to leave on a short trip -out of nowhere- a large, unleashed dog attacked Vaquita without notice or provocation. This dog picked Vaquita up by her back and shook her profusely, until her dad was able to get the dog to drop Vaquita from his mouth. Vaquita laid there- still, in shock and in horrific pain, having sustained numerous deep bite wounds that damaged both her neck and back, as well as several broken ribs. Vaquita then suffered through an excruciatingly painful car ride to get her emergency care. After receiving the price estimate from emergency care for Vaquita’s life-saving surgery, the family quickly realized that the cost of her care was going to be more than they could afford. They family had no idea how they would be able to afford the needed surgery, and wondered if they would have to euthanize her in order to lessen her suffering. With the previous prognosis from the hospital weighing heavily on the family, they decided to take Vaquita over to the family’s long time veterinary practice, Harden Ranch. There, the treating veterinarian sponsored Vaquita for a Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) grant. Max’s Helping Paws worked with other local nonprofits to help subsidize the cost of Vaquita’s surgery. Today, Vaquita is feeling much better, and is beginning to return back to her normal day to day activities, such as going on walks. Vaquita’s mom said, “At the beginning of all this, we were not sure, but she is strong because she’s part of us; and she is blessed to have you as the angel of pets. We know she won’t be herself again 100%, but she is a miracle thanks to agencies like yours.”  
About Our Veterinary Partner Who Helped Vaquita:
Harden Ranch (now Banfield) offers physical exams and lab work-ups, to dental cleanings, x-rays and surgery. When your pets go on vacation…they go to Harden Ranch. They offer boarding services with on-site medical care, clean, bright, and comfortable facilities. For cats, a comfy napping perch in each kennel and a cat tree for lounging in the sun. For dogs,extra time playing outdoors, therapeutically-heated pool and climate-controlled indoor runs and TVs, as well as WebCams   Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Mini Cow Finds Her Footing After Amputation

Without the help of Max's, Mini wouldn’t be here today giving everybody love.

— Mini's Mom —
Mini Cow is a five year old Jack Russell terrier mix. Mini Cow or “Mini,” as she is known to her loved ones, got her name due to the fact that she is white with black spots all over, giving her a cow-like appearance. Her mom rescued her at a young age from a home where her skin was raw from having so many flea bites. Since then, she’s been known as the dog that all of her owners' "grandkids carry around in their strollers and lie down with." Mini also loves to cuddle in her owners’ arms and sleep under the covers with her in bed. Being on permanent disability, Mini’s owner spends a majority of her days caring for and spending time with her pets. One day the unthinkable happened. Mini Cow was struck by a car. Her injuries, including a sever pelvic fracture, were life threatening. She needed surgery immediately, or she wouldn’t survive. With a good but guarded prognosis from the family veterinarian, Mini Cow was referred by her family veterinarian to Pet Specialists of Monterey to perform the necessary surgery. A surgery of this magnitude was well-beyond what Mini Cow’s family could afford. Euthanasia seemed to be the only option to end Mini Cow’s horrific suffering. The Pet Specialists of Monterey sponsored Mini Cow’s grant application to Max’s Helping Paws, and through collaboration with Pet Specialists, Max’s Helping Paws was able to help subsidize the cost of surgery. Mini Cow went home with a long, but hopeful road to recovery ahead. Nerve damage to Mini Cow’s leg meant additional medical care would be needed just a few months later. Unable to feel her foot, Mini Cow was causing severe ulcerations and injury to her body, and became an appendage that served no purpose. Pet Specialists helped Mini Cow once again by providing a much-needed leg amputation. There was little time needed for Mini to adjust, as she hadn’t used that leg for months. After about a week of recuperation time, she is back to chasing cats out of the backyard and “just being Mini.” Mini’s owner said that, “without the help of MHPF, Mini wouldn’t be here today giving everybody love.”  
About Our Veterinary Partner:
Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines.   Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Vito – Back to Normal

Reality can hit hard when your child gets hurt, and that’s how the Vito’s family felt when their healthy, happy, 18 week old shih-tzu jumped off the ottoman and fractured his femur. When a growing puppy has an injury like this, there is always a concern that without surgery, the leg will not heal properly. Not to mention--ouch! Vito was transferred from his family veterinarian at Romie Lane, to Pet Specialists of Monterey to undergo surgery. This event was unexpected, scary for his pet parents and can be costly. Max’s Helping Paws was able to assist Vito and his family with the burdening costs of surgery and recovery. We are happy to say Vito has most definitely resumed normal puppy playing. Way to go Vito!  

Jonathan. Little Guy. BIG Appetite.

Neither of us have loved an animal more.

— Jonathan's Mom Jessica —

Tiny Jonathan is a 8 year old rescue from Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. His mother, Jessica has overcome many personal battles with the help of this tiny seven pound Chihuahua, whom she welcomed into her family just seven months ago.

Many people ask why adopt an older dog? Tiny's profile was that he was sweet, kind, but had many tummy issues. When Jessica learned that he had been returned many times, she knew he was the one she would fall in love with. It took a while to adjust at home in a new environment, but Jessica and her boyfriend were able to find a balance quickly. “Neither of us have loved an animal more,” explained Jessica.

Tiny became almost like a service and emotional support animal to her her cope with her own personal battles. “ e were truly meant for one another. Not only am I able to love a dog that is “sick”, it has healed me in a way to allow me to believe that I too am lovable even if I am “sick.”

Tiny is the type of dog that eats anything that resembles food. Even though he isn’t supposed to, it still doesn’t stop him. One Monday, he started having discomfort and wasn’t passing stools. He was yelping sporadically and wouldn’t sit still. It was close to closing time, so our family veterinarian, Cottage Veterinary hospital recommended we take him to Pet Specialists of Monterey. Dr. Sullenberger was Tiny’s emergency doctor. We had x-rays taken and although he looked dehydrated and constipated, it wasn’t clear that there was an obstruction. We had some treatments done, but the next day he wasn’t improving. We brought him back in. When they retook x-rays, it was evident surgery was the only option. I was given an estimate for possible charges for an exploratory surgery- I was a wreck. I knew I didn’t have that kind of money and could not fathom the idea of what would happen if we did not follow through. It was recommended I apply for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation. Not only was I approved for financial assistance, this was my first experience having to do any of this type of thing on my own as an adult, and I felt that I was being helped by family to ensure Tiny’s care was provided for. Tiny was transferred to the surgical team at Pet Specialists of Monterey. Surgery went well, and a piece of a rubber ball was removed from his colon. The road to recovery was a rocky one. Tiny’s statistics dropped and he required a plasma blood transfusion. While the blood transfusion was showing to be successful, Tiny didn’t want to eat. By Thursday, he was still not eating. I went to the hospital to try and get Tiny to eat—sure enough, he perked up! The doctor was amazed at his appetite and this is when things started to get better. Once we brought Tiny home, we were all relieved. "I don’t like to think about what would happen if we hadn’t had the support from Max’s Helping Paws. I am truly and utterly grateful. I would absolutely recommend Max’s Helping Paws. They made me feel like family rather than a charity recipient."
About Our Veterinary Partner Who Helped Jonathan:
Pet Specialists of MontereyAs the Founding Partner Practice for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pet Specialists does not perform general animal care, such as check-ups, dentistry, or vaccines. Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Meet Lucy: No teeth? No Problem!

What Max’s is doing is a miracle to those of us who want the best for their pet but can’t afford it.

— Lucy's Mom —

Lucy is a precious tiny 5 lb. Chihuahua with a big personality who is no stranger to bossing around her three larger furry housemates. Her parents rescued Lucy from King City where, as a puppy, she was found wandering the streets in April of 2013. Lucy’s mom describes her as a “little firecracker” who loves to play fetch and tug of war with little baby socks.

Lucy Chihuahua’s are one of the top breeds of dogs most prone to dental problems, such as tooth decay and infections. Knowing this, Lucy’s mom made an effort to brush her teeth on a regular basis, but unfortunately Lucy’s teeth continued to deteriorate. When Lucy’s mom took her in to be spayed, the vet also pulled four of Lucy’s rotting teeth. After that, there came a point where Lucy’s broken and loose teeth caused such extreme discomfort that Lucy would no longer allow her mom to brush her teeth. In Lucy’s case, bad breath and painful chewing from her damaged teeth were growing into additional health issues and complications; so time was of the essence.Lucy With a good prognosis from the family veterinarian, Lucy was referred to Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital for multiple teeth extraction; but Lucy’s parents could not afford the entire cost of treatment. Lucy had heard about Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) through the Animal Welfare Assistance Group (A.W.A.G.). From there, Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital sponsored Lucy to receive assistance from MHPF, and within 2 days MHPF was able to give the Brandts a grant to help with the cost of surgery. Lucy’s mom said that giving up was not an option! If she did not qualify to receive assistance from MHPF, then she was prepared to go door to door asking neighbors to help chip in. And those are exactly the kinds of pet parents Max’s Helping Paws was created to support. Max’s Helping Paws was able to assist Lucy and her family with the overwhelming burden of surgical costs and recovery. Lucy’s mom said, “What Max’s Helping Paws Foundation is doing is a miracle to those of us who want the best for their pet but can’t afford it.” The [Carmel Valley] Veterinary Hospital extracted a total of fifteen of Lucy’s teeth; but today, even though Lucy only has three teeth left, she is still a happy little dog (and she still plays tug of war with socks!). Though Lucy lost quite a few teeth, she definitely hasn’t lost any of her spunk – and now her mom loves getting kisses from Lucy. No teeth? No Problem!
About Our Veterinary Partner :
Carmel Valley Animal Hospital   Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital is everything a pet – and you – could want in a veterinary practice. This is what we do. A full-service veterinary practice, our focus is to provide your pet with the very best professional care possible. We know that exemplary medical care is just part of what you expect for your pet. You also want people who will love your pet the way you do. At Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital, you’ll find caring and compassionate people who, like you, prioritize your pet’s health and well-being.    

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Just a Little More Time Made a Big Difference

I can't believe my darling is gone -but because of Max's Helping Paws and Dr. Marcus's skill and kindness, I was able to have more time with her.

— Sashay's Mom Sarah —
Sashay was a tiny black and white kitten that stole her mom's heart from the first moment   Both Sashay and her brother, another tuxedo, were in a little room at the SPCA set aside for meeting prospective pets. Both went home with their mom, Sara. After 12 blissful years together, during an evaluation with the family’s long time veterinarian at Purrfurably Cats, a large mass was discovered by her left abdomen. Sashay needed to have surgery to remove and biopsy the tumor - this was the only way to know what the future held for Sashay; but the cost of surgery was an unexpected expense. With a long history as a loving, caring pet owner, Dr. Marcus at Purrfurably Cats sponsored her to receive assistance from Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF), and we were both happy to help, and hopeful for a wonderful outcome. Sadly, upon running further tests, it was discovered that the mass was cancerous and Sashay passed away, without pain or suffering 5 short weeks later.  Sashay’s mother said, “I can't believe my darling is gone -but because of Max's Helping Paws and Dr. Marcus's skill and kindness, she had the best chance ever- and I was able to have more time with her.” We at Max's Helping Paws wish every story could have a happy ending, but they don't always do. In this case, the happy ending was allowing Sashay's mom to have more time with her, and more importantly, to have all the information she needed to make informed, thoughtful decisions about her great love, Sashay.  
About Our Veterinary Partner Who Helped Sashay:
Purrfurably Cats is Monterey County's only feline-exclusive veterinary hospital. We provide cat boarding plus full medical, surgical, and dental services. Come and tour our full boarding suite which includes an exercise condo. For your convenience, we also provide grooming services in the hospital. You only need to make one stop for ALL of your cat's needs.   Please Donate to Max's Helping Paws Foundation
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