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Max Fund Throws a Block Party

The Max Fund Wellness Center gets renovated
The Max Fund Wellness Center gets renovated
Nadia Archuleta

Max Fund hosted a block party from 11 to 3 on Saturday, July 12. The party was a celebration of the funding they received to makeover their Max Fund Wellness Center.

Admission to the block party was free. The celebration featured several family-friendly and, of course, pet-friendly activities. There was also a mobile adoption unit filled with cats waiting for their forever homes in addition to the usual cat shelter that serves as a cornerstone of what has become Max Fund corner, 10th and Inca.

Local cover band Gearheart provided free entertainment. They were even accepting donations for their CDs, with all proceeds to benefit max Fund.

Two food trucks and a burrito stand were on hand to feed the human participants. Tinker's Evolution provided spicy $3 street burritos and gooey chili fries. The Corner of Gourmet served gourmet sandwiches, especially specialty grinders. Capt'n Crabby let the humans know that fish isn't just for felines, cooking up all manner of crab cakes. Parched souls partook of the craft beer produced by Jagged Mountain Brewery.

Purina Cat Chow produced the celebratory event. Singer-songwriter Mandy Moore teamed up with the pet food company in supporting the renovations to the Max Fund Wellness Center, which provides low-cost veterinary care for all animals.

Purina Cat Chow donated $50,000 to enhance the wellness center and to improve the lives of the shelter cats. The renovation is part of the "Building Better Lives" program, and it supports 50 cat-focused shelters nation-wide. Both the cat shelter and dog shelter at Max Fund are known for being no-kill facilities.

The Max Fund Wellness Center underwent many renovations, including a re-surfacing of the building facade, the installation of new glass block window and paining both the interior and exterior. The Wellness Center is renowned for its beautiful pet murals created by artist Gamma Acosta. These were preserved with great care, and the Max Fund dog-cat logo was added.

Max Fund was one of only three shelters to receive funding through Purina Cat Chows Building Better Lives program.