DONATIONS, DONATIONS, DONATIONS needed for our sweet Max. Please read his story, and open your hearts and wallets for this little boy who has gone through and will be going through a great deal more pain and suffering until we can get him on the road to wellness.

Here is Max’s story…

We rescued Max from the infamous Floyd County, GA shelter. When we brought Max out of the shelter, we noticed Max was having great difficulty walking. Sadly, this is not unusual for dogs coming out of that shelter. That was on a Saturday. By Monday, we had him to a vet and then go through 4 more vets.

Vet # 4 determined enough for a surgeon to say that we should take a conservative approach and see if the injury would heal and hope that Maximus would have enough quality to avoid surgery. Fast forward 3 months… this past Thursday, 5/19, it was determined the it has not healed to any level of satisfaction (the bone did not “bridge” together like we had hoped; in fact it is three floating pieces of bone at this point), and that he either will need surgery on his bladder or back or both.

The injury was fresh at the time of the first xray which indicated with high probablility that he suffered the injury while at Floyd. Best case is that he had it upon intake and that the entire staff disregarded a blatant problem. Dr. Zook, the fourth vet that has seen Maximus, said Friday she was surprised that he is walking at all and the rehab person said without surgery he will end up in a cart.

We will do acupuncture and water therapy over the next three weeks to relieve pressure in the bladder and help stabilize his back bringing his medical bills pre-surgery to about $1500 and the surgeon has estimated the less expensive surgery at rescue rates to be about $2000., bringing the total outlay to about $3500.

Maximus has been such a trooper throughout all of this and knowing what a gem he is we cannot let him down. He is the most tender, endearing soul…not mad at all that his life at under a year has been so ultimately traumatized by an injury that most likely was due to a kick by someone using much force to hurt this sweet, sweet boy. An adopter had gone to pick up a border mix on that fateful Saturday and when they got there, the girl had already been adopted. They called me and I said to bring me instead any black dog. (The kill rate for black dogs around here is as high as it is for pit bulls). In any event, they didn’t just bring me any black dog that day. Instead, they brought me an extraordinary black dog who was terribly broken by an evil human being and one that was worth saving and making whole again.

Max is not willing to give up on the possibility of a happy life, and neither are we. However, to allow Max to have his surgery, WE NEED YOUR HELP! At this point, we are in desperate need of donations. If we could get just four $500 donations, our sweet boy can have his life saving surgery!

Max is begging you to go to our Chip-In site and donate. Just click the link below and follow the prompts.

Despite his pain, Max has shown that he loves people of all ages as well as other dogs. He will make a great companion and family dog when he has recovered and is finally ready for adoption.


Will YOU be the one who steps up for this deserving boy??

Written by Karen Ragusa

Karen has gracefully run this organization and watched it grow since 2008. She's seen it all over the years and loves to write about her adventures!



  1. Amy says:

    Does Max have a home yet?

  2. Amy says:

    Is it a pelvic ramus fracture? That is very expensive, but so worth it! I am tweeting the story. I will try to come up with some money. I don’t hace 500 though. 🙁

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