Every animal has a story. Some stories are more tragic than others. Max was surrendered by his daddy when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and couldn't find another place to take him. As an Animal Shelter, we are often the last resort, but at the same time, a soft-landing place for pets in need.
When Max came to us, he was just a teenager (in dog years) who needed to learn manners. But we saw something in this boy that was promising. He had the ability to learn quickly, something not uncommon for pit bull type dogs. And after spending time in foster care, Max came back to us house-trained, knowing commands, and well-balanced.
After learning that Max's dad was tragically killed overseas, not only did our hearts break for the family, but also for Max. We'd be lying if we said we didn't feel an even deeper sense of responsibility to save Max in his family's honor. It's the least we could do for a service member who gave his life for the freedoms we all enjoy today. Max has the personality of a prince but because he's a black Pit Bull type dog, he was constantly overlooked. The public kept passing by his kennel, person after person.
That is until he was introduced to Brandi by Nikki, a dedicated Volunteer! Brandi fell instantly in love. She saw straight into his soul through those lonesome eyes. And that was it!
You see, Brandi is not afraid of Pit Bull type dogs. She's educated. She hears the myths and stigmas associated with these block-headed pups but she knows a dog is a dog. Brandi is one of a growing population in her generation who doesn't blindly swallow the myths associated with these dogs!
Please learn more about the myths of pit bull type dogs:
If it wasn't for the dedication of our team, this story could have had a different ending. I'm not certain that Max would have been kept so emotionally, mentally and physically enriched during his nearly one year stay with us if not for our staff, volunteers, foster parents, and medical team! Our volunteers treated him to visits in the community.