is the MaxFund?
is a non-profit organization that was established in May of
1988 to provide medical care for
pets with no known owners, and to seek out new homes for these animals
once they have recovered.
Often, good Samaritans hesitate to take injured animals to veterinarians
for fear that they will have to pay large vet bills. City and county animal
shelters don't have the facilities
provide an injured animal with the medical care it needs to recover. The
shelters' only option is to put the animal down after waiting the 7-10
days required to allow the owner to claim the animal.
MaxFund provides emergency care and a home for injured animals until the
owner is located or a suitable home is found. This service is provided,
without cost, to the caring person who notifies the MaxFund.
else is unique about the MaxFund?
The MaxFund is a TRUE no-kill shelter. There is no pre-sorting
of animals into "adoptable" and "non-adoptable" categories,
discarding the so-called "unadoptable." The MaxFund takes every
animal it has the space for. EVERY animal is kept until its owner
is found or it is placed in a new adoptive home. The only reason for euthanasia
is when it is in the humane interest of the animal. No animal is discarded
to municipal shelters for them to be euthanized when the prescribed number
of days run out. Because our animals usually start off with a medical
bill and period of recovery and rehabilitation, and because we are a true
no-kill shelter, our operating costs are much higher than other shelters.
We also provide:
cost vaccinations, pet food, and spay/neuter clinics for pets of low
adoptions, pet food, cat litter and transportation for veterinary services
for senior citizens and AIDS patients.
Program which takes pets to visit senior centers, the VA Hospital and
manages the MaxFund?
The MaxFund has a board of directors, leaders in the community who volunteer
their time to decide on projects and other business of the organization.
The Director and a small staff coordinate a large body of volunteers and
carry out the policies.
How is the MaxFund supported?
receives some much needed money from corporate and foundation grants.
Our major funding for our outreach spay/neuter program comes from the
The Soule Family Foundation and other organizations who want to stop the
killing of animals because of overpopulation. For this we are very appreciative.
BUT we have always, and always will, depend primarily on the generosity
of individual people who care about animals who are in distress. We are
very frugal and make a dollar go a long way. We have fund raising events
like the Lucky Mutt Strut (walk/run) and Puttin' on the Max (dinner).
Many people put us in their wills. The annual memberships are listed here,
so join us in saving the animals. This is a good way to stand up for what
you believe, and receive our monthly newsletter to keep up with what we
Since its inception in 1988, the MaxFund has found adoptive homes for
more than 15,000 animals. In addition, over 20,000 spays and neuters have
been provided, mostly for pets of low income families. MaxFund participates
in Mobile Spay/Neuter clinics in the San Luis Valley. Joe Presti is the
coordinator, and he is joined by three veterinarians including Dr. Ed
Umlaur and numerous volunteers who offer low or no-cost spay and neuter
procedures for the pets of low income families.
The MaxFund is a nonprofit organization established to provide medical
care for injured pets with no known owners and to find new homes for these
animals once they have recovered. Further, the MaxFund is committed to
the following goals:
- Develop and implement educational programs pertaining to animal care,
with emphasis on the importance of spaying and neutering.
- Disseminate information on spay/neuter facilities, and on a periodic
basis conduct a spay/neuter clinic for pets of low income families.
- Be a voice for the animals on issues of animal welfare.
- Cooperate with other animal facilities/shelters in accomplishing these
More than 15,000 animals adopted
Over 20,000 spays and neuters for low income families
is a nonprofit organization established to provide medical care for injured
pets with no known owners, and to find homes for these animals once they
and implement educational
information on spay & neuter facilities
spay & neuter clinics for low income families
voice for animals on animal welfare issues
with facilities & shelters to accomplish these goals