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Max's Helping Paws Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: WHAT WE DO The mission of this foundation is to reduce euthanasia, surrender & suffering of severely ill or injured pets by providing responsible Monterey County pet owners/parents financial assistance with unexpected medical care.

Results: +32 Applications +25 Grants given

Target demographics: reduce euthanasia, surrender & suffering of severely ill or injured pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: We are new, but in the first 3+ months, we have helped 12 loved pets.

Geographic areas served: Monterey County, CA

Programs: financial assistance with necessary life-saving or life-sustaining medical care.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

MHPF did everything they possibly could and in fact went above and beyond to help me try and save my little Kiwi girl. I was treated with kindness and understanding and they were so helpful. Best treatment during an awful situation. I have nothing but love for this foundation. They truly care about people and dearly beloved animals and will do everything they can to help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't speak about it right now (grieving) but Maxs Paws Foundation went out of their way, above and beyond, to help me and my dog Kiwi . Never have I encountered such loving, caring support.

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maxshelpingpaws 10/11/2017

Happy to do it. And even happier it made a difference for you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the help Max's Helping Paws provided one of our clients. Our client had a very sick dog, (Stella), with a huge mass on her neck, and they were strapped for money, with no where to turn for financial assistance.

Once we provided all the required (well, almost ALL the requested items), Max's helping paws jumped to the rescue! It's a major relief for many people to know that there are foundations such as Max's Helping Paws, that can help them when their pet is in dire need of immediate and urgent medical attention.

Thank you so much for being there, you are all truly and greatly appreciated!! xox

Diana @ AVH, Monterey

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maxshelpingpaws 10/11/2017

And thanks to you, Aguajito, for being an AWESOME partner to work with. Together we can move mountains!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Since the first meeting to introduce Max's Helping Paws I have enthusiastically been one of the sponsors to help the foundation begin it's life saving work. For me it is heart breaking to even think about a family loosing their pet because they can't afford help. I have been extremely impressed with Dyane the founder of MHP who with her ambition, talent, energy and passion has laid the professional groundwork for a program I know to be worthwhile and has the ability to successfully save lives.

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maxshelpingpaws 10/11/2017

So blessed and fortunate to have someone like you in our corner XOXOX

Client Served

Rating: 5

I held her aloft- one hand supporting her front legs and the other holding her tiny haunches. She turned and looked at me with complete trust. I was smitten. This little black and white kitten that I named Sashay had my heart from that moment.
She and her brother, another tuxedo, were in a little room at the SPCA set aside for meeting prospective pets. But there had been no doubt that these little cats were going home with me.
I was excited about having these fur people as family members. Raised in a dog-only home and then living places where pets weren't allowed had postponed this day for a long time. Now my husband Mark and I could have "children" to love and spoil.
We named the boy Saki after my favorite short story writer and
Sashay Sashay because Mark thought that was a good cat name.
Sashay fit her name perfectly. She took over the house immediately, putting her brother and us in our appropriate places. Brother was much bigger but she was the quick and fearless.
She claimed my lap and if Saki tried to sneak up, she bit his butt and he got the idea.
How could one cat have so many endearing habits and quirks?
For years I kept my bedroom door closed so I could have one area dander-free. I was afraid my minor cat allergies would worsen if I didn't. Sashay put up with that until one day when she didn't.
She scratched and meowed and butted her head against the door. Who cared about allergies?
She jumped on the bed and surveyed her new kingdom. She had a dozen darling ways to snuggle. She would pick which ones she would use for that night. I was happy regardless.
I could always, always count on her love and attention and she could count on mine.
Then she got sick- really sick. We couldn't afford to begin to try the treatments that could help her.
Then a miracle happened and Dr. Marcus, our vet, told me about Dyana Klein and Dr. Fradkin. They had established an foundation to help people and kitties like us.
Max's Helping Paws made it possible for Sashay to receive extensive and comprehensive treatment. I had her for five more weeks because of the indescribable generosity of Dr. Marcus and Max's Helping Paws.
Most of my tears are sad now except for the ones that I cry when I reflect on the loving kindness of Max's Helping Paws.

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maxshelpingpaws 10/11/2017

Our hearts are with you.. and hoping you are healing from your terrible loss. Thank you for letting us help get you a bit more time with Sashay.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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maxshelpingpaws 10/11/2017

This was a scary, tough case.. wish we had more pics of Ginger now since she is doing so well! Saving her was one of our proudest moments.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment I began volunteering with Max's Helping Paws Foundation and hearing first hand the stories of the family's whose fur- babies were helped, I knew this organization was something special. It is just incredible how quickly our team works to help pets receive the necessary medical treatment. There is clearly such a need for an organization of this nature in our community and I cannot wait to see how much of a difference it can make moving forward!

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maxshelpingpaws 10/11/2017

Francesca, You are a TRUE gift to this organization. Your kind heart, your work ethic and your creativity are unmatched, and we are lucky to have you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Max's Helping Paw fills an important need in our community. They provide a safety net for pet guardians who find themselves faces with major medical needs for their beloved pet. The assistance they give is crucial to saving lives. In situations where pet guardians might otherwise be forced to euthanize a pet for financial reasons, Max's is there to lend a helping Paw. As the Executive Director of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, I refer clients to Max's frequently and they are always treated with compassion and professionalism.

Donor

Rating: 5

Max's Helping Paws Foundation is an awesome organization with a very special mission dear to my heart. Because I have long been concerned about sick pets who have been euthanized without an exam or assessment or just dropped off at a shelter, I was very excited when I read an article in our local paper about Max's Helping Paws Foundation. I immediately contacted Dr. Fradkin for a meeting to learn more about the venture. I also met with Dyana Klein and spoke with Dr. Marsolais. I was duly impressed by what they wanted to do and how professionally they were going about it. Thus, I volunteered to help with fundraising and events and hosted a fundraiser at my home. I am very excited that 10 pets have saved and doing well in their homes after treatment.

Max's Helping Paws Foundation is very caring and professional.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I think one of the most amazing things about the way this organization works is it's ability to help pet owners in an emergency situation with emergency speed. When you have a sick or injured pet you don't have time to submit reams of paperwork and wait for committees to consider your application. This is set up to be S.T.A.T help for people who need it NOW! The screening process is designed to work efficiently and yet insure the grants are going where they are most needed. Great stuff!

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maxshelpingpaws 10/11/2017

Could NOT ask for a more competent, helpful type of board member. Together we will do GREAT things.

Donor

Rating: 5

Max's Helping Paws is an amazing organization and I love that it helps pets that are in need. I can't wait to see what else this organization has in store for the future!